Published: July 17
We live in a world where
business, economics, and politics collide in ways that are frustrating and
Some scholars characterize
our existence as living on a nonstop treadmill.
The typical executive’s
workday is full of meetings, e-mails, phone calls, travel, reports, crisis
management, problem-solving, and
The Boston Consulting Group’s “index
Published: July 11
In 1997, Bowen McCoy wrote an article in HBR titled "The Parable of the Sadhu."
Here is the abstract:
A group of executives (among them the author) from different countries is on a Himalayan trek. As they prepare to reach their destination, an 18,000 foot pass over a crest, some memories about the problems that one faces at high altitudes swirl through their minds. Having reached
Published: June 22
Once upon a time, not long ago, there was a company called Enron.
In 2001, Fortune magazine ranked Enron at No. 7
with revenues of over $100 billion, profits of nearly a billion, and a market
value of nearly $50 billion.
on the cake” for Enron was Fortune naming it (Enron) “America’s most innovative
company” 6 years in a row.
Enron went on to innovate and grow.
Published: May 26
Last week, Ford abruptly changed its CEO. Moody’s reported that the move reflects
potentially negative developments inside the automaker. The credit-rating
agency declared that the ascension of
Jim Hackett is credit-negative for Ford.
Meanwhile, Tesla has overtaken both GM and Ford as the most valuable
automaker in the US.
Let us try to place this in
perspective. Last year (2016)
Published: May 22
recently, Warren Buffet defended 3G Capital’s method of cutting costs
and shoring up short-term profits. The comments came in the aftermath of 3G’s $143 billion failed bid for Unilever.
It is worth examining the two
models of capitalism that 3G and Unilever represent.
3G’s last success was with Kraft Heinz. Kraft Heinz today is
notable for its clock-like