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Technological Disruption and the Future of Jobs

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As the technological disruption & automation gathers pace with every passing day so does the debate on the issue of jobs being taken away from humans to machines. Although there is some merit to...
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Break the Stranglehold of Debt

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“We are pretty much risk-averse, until we are not. Without any reason, we just jump against our better judgement.”   Therein lies today’s consumer mindset. As Iva Ignjatovic summed it up, people are leery about spending...
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Italy must ask Turkey if it really should wish to have its own lira...

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My proprietary net positive scoring (NPS) process has in recent weeks ranked both Turkey and Italy somewhat surprisingly well. In the last few days, however, the scores have diverged, and markets seem to be...
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Circular Economy is the solution for a sustainable future

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The concept of Circular economy is a relatively new one but has gained a lot of traction in recent years with the World moving away from the perishable and finite resources like coal, gasoline...
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Will There Be an Internet of Electricity?

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Blockchain, whose popularity has grown in lockstep with developments in the cryptocurrency market (Bitcoin, Ethereum, et. al.), is poised to expand into new territories. The energy industry, which is decentralizing gradually, may well advance...
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Organizational Change Begins with Me

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They teach us that a significant role in the transformation of an organization is played by clearly defined business goals, the relationship of a leader with people and well-chosen communication tools. And although I...
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Investment Will be Crucial for Survival

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Start learning, it’s going to be every individual for themselves. Unless we’re hitting a six figure salary, chances are we’re not saving up much. From experience, I can tell you — forget about owning a house...
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The Human Condition: Through Pain and Suffering comes Progress.

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…It just happens to be uncomfortable. The human body, needs pain and stress to grow — it’s a natural factor. Think of the time spent in a gym, it’s painful, stressful, but the muscles need that...
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Tech or No Tech, Keep it Real at Work

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A conference call among people separated by cubicles and a few feet? Erica Keswin can attest to such head-scratchers and more in the war between technology and just being human. She has seen so many...
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Tomorrow’s Work Will ‘Feel Like Part of Our Lives’

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The future of work likely won’t include the much dreamed of flying cars – not to mention hoverboards. Back to the Future Part II’s Oct. 26, 2015, has come and gone. Yet, Winnie Sun,...
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Decentralization, Diversification, and Antifragility

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When asked in 1997 to single out some of the biggest challenges facing modern businesses, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman, authors of “In Search of Excellence”, both placed ‘decentralization’ as one of the toughest...
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Being Content with What You Have

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Why do rich people always say ‘money can’t buy happiness’? I’ve been told a few times in my life, “money can’t buy happiness”. Being completely honest, I used to hate being told that. Because “Money” meant “Security and “Security”...
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Being Social is an Easy Pill to Swallow

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Doctors and social media might not seem like a healthy relationship. Yet, many physicians have tackled and overcome privacy and other issues to enhance contact with patients and peers. For more than a decade, Dr....
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Snuff Out Conflicts Before They Explode

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Conflict is inevitable in daily life, particularly the workplace. People come from different backgrounds with varied personalities. “Although conflict in the workplace is not always a bad thing, ignoring it can turn a small challenge...
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Changing Workforce Demands Diversity and Flexibility

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Today’s workforce is changing – not only with younger generations of employees but with all types of workers, especially contractors. For author and consultant Alexandra Levit the changes are important. They are the major trends...
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A Global Workforce Has Far-Reaching Effects

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Global mobility and relocation are game-changers for modern teams. Moving from one job to another -- perhaps thousands of miles away-- entails personal and professional upheavals with the hope for greater opportunity. Steve Black anticipated long-distance...
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Why Japan has Changed its Mind on Responsible Investment

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Selected by the UK’s Department of International Trade to take part in their FinTech Trade Mission to Tokyo, I have just returned from the FinTech Summit (“FinSum”) in Tokyo which took place last week....
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Thought Leadership and Collaborative Technology

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At a time when the potential for artificial intelligence is nearly endless, four communication tools can help keep today’s thought leaders on tomorrow’s cutting edge. We live in exciting technological times. Evidence of a thriving...
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What American Manufacturing Means for Communities

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As of 2016, the United States imports $120 billion worth if textiles and apparel, nearly 40% of which come straight from China. Our exports add up to just $21 billion, as we import almost...
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Is Brand Advocacy Worth the Risk?

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Small businesses that take a stand for their brand roam the high-risk, high-reward world of advocacy. Do brands that advocate for causes risk driving away customers, or are they on to something that contradicts...