This wasn’t about creating some spreadsheets or graphs of generated savings. He had to make sure that we continued to expand our footprint inside the company. To sell our value to thestakeholders. To keep in constant communication with them. To make sure we were getting repeat business. To ensure that we were getting referral to other stakeholders.

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The theme for this month’s issue of Harvard Business Review is “Reinventing America – Why the World needs the U.S. to Bounce Back”. There is one article in particular which highlights the need for the U.S. to become more competitive. Here Michael E. Porter (ever hear of Porter’s Five Forces Model?) and Jan W. Rivkin discuss the need for America to repair some “cracks in the foundation.” The area that I found most critical is human development, particularly the lack of focus on our education systems and the training / development of our employees.

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While I was growing up with my grandfather (who was quite a management whiz) in India, he explained the concept of inflation when I was quite young.  He told me that people were going out and buying necessities and then storing them to protect against rising prices.  India…

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Bangladesh is on the verge of a shrinking population!! Wow – what has this world come to and how did we get here? According to Doug Sanders, we might be at a tipping point in global population and may have hit “peak people”, just like peak oil (past the declining point of global supply-limn). He bases his assertions on a number of points which, if you agree with him, has tectonic (pardon the hyperbole) implications.

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