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Whatever happens in the coming weeks, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will go down as the face of Ukrainian resilience during the Russian invasion of his country.  His response to the Russian invasion of his country has been widely praised, both at home and abroad. His speech to the European Parliament in early March received a standing ovation. Western press […]
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After another punishing year dominated by COVID, the omicron threat appears to be receding and many people may now be looking at the beginning of the end of the pandemic. But the fallout from COVID will still pose huge challenges in 2022 in terms of economic growth, supply chain issues, labour shortages and employee confidence.  As ever, effective leadership […]
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See a container of Cup Noodles at a convenience store and you might think of dorm rooms and cheap calories.  But there was a time when eating from the product’s iconic packaging exuded cosmopolitanism, when the on-the-go meal symbolized possibility – a Japanese industrial food with an American flair.  Cup Noodles – first marketed in […]
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UK cosmetics company Lush has announced its decision to leave Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat, saying its decision reflects concerns about the alleged effects of these social networks on the mental health of their users. The brand will maintain its presence on Twitter and YouTube. Lush has more than 900 stores worldwide, and some 10.6 million followers between Facebook […]
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A highly critical article in The Verge, “Hey Siri, what happened?”, discusses an issue many of us have been observing for some time: that Apple’s home assistant is noticeably less intelligent and more limited than its competitors such as Alexa or Google Assistant. The usage test confirms it: ten years after Siri’s introduction, if you […]
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In “The Variant,” an episode from the Disney+ hit streaming show “Loki,” it’s tough to miss the barrage of product placements, with fast-paced action and dialogue taking place in front of Charmin toilet paper, Dove soap and Arm & Hammer deodorant. At one point, Loki barrels down an aisle with vacuum cleaners and fights off […]
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Global concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continue to mount, with consequences for health care, business, and society as a whole. The family of viruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases including COVID-19, which first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. To identify the possible impacts of the virus, we recently spoke to […]
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I’ve been working with many startups over 5 years, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing many of them fail. The biggest mistake most early stage startups do is implementing user profile pictures. Profile pictures happen in ineffective culture The problem is not literally the profile pictures themselves, but what leads a startup to implement […]
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The coronavirus pandemic raging across the world has taken a huge toll on global lives and economies. Already it is being seen as the most consequential global crisis since the Second World War. To date, the pandemic has forced countries around the world to take unprecedented measures ranging from effectively shutting down their borders shut, […]
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A fairly common characteristic of successful start-ups is charismatic, driven founders with take-no-prisoner competitive mentalities, as was illustrated earlier in this chapter in the example of Kalanick and the leadership values at Uber. After all, it takes a thick skin and powerful ego to get through the inevitable disappointments that confront a start-up leader. Often, […]

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Digital Transformation is about creating new opportunities for your business to drive innovation and efficiency, to improve how your teams work, and to leapfrog ahead of competitors, all with the goal of delivering new and improved customer experiences. Every industry is undergoing a transformation. Customers are expecting more and retaining them is increasingly difficult as […]
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With the stock market capitalization of the five-biggest US oil companies slashed by half since the beginning of the year, the future is increasingly clear: although stopping oil production overnight would bring the world to a grinding halt, particularly in the transport, cement and metals industries, but as we emerge from lockdown, we must now focus on […]
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Although managing a business, or even a small part thereof, is a complex task, the solutions for solving problems often seem deceivingly simple. Managers resolve even the most complex issues with a two-by-two matrix or simple lists of steps. Most management books simplify the complicated world of business by providing attractive solutions with a high level of […]

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This article was originally published here: Vivek Pandit – Co-Founder, VP of Partnerships Not many people start their entrepreneurial careers by exploding an egg in their boss’s face, but then Vivek Pandit doesn’t take traditional routes! What’s your story? I was in Detroit working for Dan Gilbert, owner of the CAVS. I accidentally exploded an […]
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This article was originally published here: Melvin Chee – CEO and Co-Founder of RPG Commerce Motivated by his respect for his grandparents commitment to future generations, Melvin Chee has harnessed his innate entrepreneurial spirit to found a thriving business. What’s your story? I’ve actually been an entrepreneur all my life. I went to university for […]
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This article was originally published here: Katie Burkhart – Founder & CEO at MatterLogic An admiration for Benjamin Franklin and an obsession with systems might not be a conventional combination but they have driven Katie Burkhart. What’s your story? I’m an accidental entrepreneur asking better questions. My first job as a lifeguard taught me that […]
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This article was originally published here: Isabel Vidigal – Founder Isabel Vidigal Translations Coming late to life as a freelance translator, Isabel Vidigal has not only embraced the role but mentors others within the industry. What’s your story? After getting my Business Administration degree I started working in the corporative environment. 20 years later I […]
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