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Are we still the greatest?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maureen Dowd, one of the best Op-Ed writers to ever grace the pages of the New York Times, often strikes at the heart of the American dilemma capturing our current confusion with the precision of a surgeon. On this Fourth of July, in her column, “Who Do We Think We Are?” Dowd tapped into the dilemma of our psyche. “From Katrina to Fallujah, we’re less the Shining City Upon a Hill than the House of Broken Toys.  For the first time perhaps, hope is not as much a characteristic of American feelings.   Are we winners who have...

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Rating America: 16 Things That Need Work

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The World Economic Forum recently released, “The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013,” that ranks 144 countries, on everything from “Organized Crime,” to the “Quality of Overall Infrastructure,” and the “Protection of Minority Shareholders. “ No. 1 represents the best nation and No. 144 represents the worst nation. America did very poorly almost everywhere other than Gross Domestic Product where we ranked first. This is yet another message about a system that no longer works or at least a system that works well only...

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Wall Street: A Culture of Greed

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

23 percent of finance industry insiders say they have observed wrongdoing in their workplace. A new report on financial industry insiders about ethical conduct, suggests that Wall Street’s culture of greed and willful misconduct is as strong today as it ever has been. That’s not just sad, but dangerous for all of us. While I frequently ruminate on the fundamental problems with an economy designed to produce pollution, inequity, ill health and discrimination, increasingly I worry that the absence of a moral compass on an individual level...

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Is Corporate Responsibility Dead? 2.0

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I think I first asked this question in 2009. My answer was – not dead, but dying. Dying because it no longer represented any clearly defined goals. There was a desperate lack of metrics and if you totaled up all the so-called corporate responsibility impacts, we were still headed for disaster. CSR in total may have bought us a few more years to avert a most certain disaster.   Why is CSR dead? Because a handful of leading edge, innovative companies have raised the bar on what we should expect and what may be possible from corporate...

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One in four students contracted a STI during their first year of university!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yes, that’s right – one in four! Lucy Miller, writing in The National Student, http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Student_Health/2013-10-22/Why_are_we_still_not_using_condoms.html “Think about your closest group of friends – if there are eight of you, that means two will probably get themselves infected with something nasty sooner rather than later, if they haven’t already. The scariest part is, they might not even know about it.” STIs for 16-24 year olds in the UK – is a demographic that accounts for more than half of all...

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Business Profits Are An Illusion, Based On A Slight Of Hand

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If business stopped externalizing its costs it would stop making money! I’m somewhat obsessed with the concept of “externalities” and “full cost accounting,” the companion concept developed to capture them. “Externalities” are the costs and negative impacts imposed by businesses onto society and the environment that are not paid for by those businesses. Manufacturing puts pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize...

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The Spontaneous Purchase of Unnecessary Things

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I am unreasonably captive to my addiction to excessive comfort, exotic travel, expensive meals, beautiful views, and the spontaneous purchase of unnecessary objects. I also own more sneakers, t-shirts, ties, books, watches and socks than I’ll ever be able to use. How much time and energy do I exert to finance this addiction? Through my past obsession with work, 60, 80, 100 hours a week, working in a way that caused me to miss most sunsets and too many school plays, I achieved the reasonable wealth required to purchase too many unnecessary...

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The Voice of Small Business is Ringing True

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There is still one thing both sides of the aisle agree on: Small businesses are great for the economy. After all, there are 23 million small businesses in the U.S., accounting for more than half of all American jobs and sales, according to the Small Business Administration. Without them, the economy would be more vulnerable and far less diverse. And both political parties like to trumpet how much they support these job creators.   So how can we make sure we’re doing the right things to support these companies? The answer’s simple: Ask...

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5 Reasons Why Transformational Change Is Not Possible For Multi-National Corporations?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

For over twenty years, I have been one of those “consultants,” yet never as a full-time occupation, and often on a voluntary or unpaid basis. Being unpaid actually has some amazing advantages when it comes to speaking honestly.   I have worked with many Fortune 500 companies as well as with dozens of start-ups and I’ve come to the conclusion that transformational change is not possible for multi-national corporations. Even radical change isn’t possible, unless they find themselves with a new CEO who’s hell-bent and...

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Unexpected Community

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

  Most of us live starved for a sense of community that we seem to be unable or unwilling to create in our busy, self-centered lives. A strong sense of family is more than most Americans can hope for. While some of us find community at work, through religion, sports or professional organizations, as David Putnam so sadly documented in “Bowling Alone,” community participation has largely gone the way of the rotary phone. Most of us live with a pervasive sense of community aloneness. Covertly or overtly, the majority of Americans are...

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