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November 20, 2014

Managing Country Risk

By: Jim DeLoach The turmoil in the Middle East has demonstrated that once governments undertake confiscatory or discriminatory actions, mobs take to the streets or civil war breaks out, crisis management and damage control options available to a company are limited. Country risk – or sovereign or political risk, as it is…
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Leadership and career
August 13, 2014

Who Was Occam? And Why Did He Need a Razor?

In April, as decreed by the Church of England, we commemorate the life of William of Ockham, an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher who has influenced modern organizational theory—but not enough. Peter Drucker’s medieval counterpart offered the observation that “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity,” although these exact…
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Leadership and career
May 21, 2014

5 Ways to Separate Fact from Fantasy

Baloney and blarney share more than similar letter configuration. Each denotes a kind of communication that servers the speaker, but not the listener. More sweetened and humorous, blarney uses flattery to deceive and beguile, while baloney does both without the witty flavor. But the outcome remains the same. The listener…
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