Too Many Hamburgers?

22. September 2010

  Date: 22-09-2010
To visit China today as an American is to compare and to be compared. And from the very opening session of this year’s World Economic Forum here in Tianjin, our Chinese hosts did not hesitate to do some comparing. China’s CCTV aired a skit showing four children — one wearing the Chinese flag, another the American, another the Indian, and another the Brazilian — getting ready to run a race. Before they take off, the American child, “Anthony,” boasts that he will win “because I always win,” and he jumps out to a big lead. But soon Anthony doubles over with cramps. “Now is our chance to overtake him for the first time!” shouts the Chinese child. “What’s wrong with Anthony?” asks another. “He is overweight and flabby,” says another child. “He ate too many hamburgers.”

That is how they see us. Read the rest of this entry »

Muhammad Yunus: Social Business

12. May 2010

Das neue Buch von Muhammad Yunus ist vergangene Woche erschienen:

Social Businesses werfen Nutzen statt Gewinn ab – Das von Friedensnobelpreis-träger Yunus vorgelebte Wirtschaftskonzept fasst auch in Österreich Fuß

Verkehrte Welt im wirtschaftlichen Denken: Oberste Priorität hat der Nutzen für die Menschen, nicht – wie gewohnt – der Profit. Diese Idee greifen Social Businesses auf. Maßgeblich entwickelt hat dieses Wirtschaftskonzept Friedensnobelpreisträger Muhammad Yunus. Es ist ein Geschäftsmodell, das auf die innovative Lösung sozialer Probleme mit unternehmerischen Mitteln abzielt – und das langfristig. In Österreich gibt es ein paar große Vorreiter, die zeigen wie es funktionieren kann und eine neu eröffnete Plattform bietet Raum für kleinere Unternehmen. Read the rest of this entry »

McKinsey conversations with global leaders: John Chambers of Cisco

19. August 2009


The CEO and chairman of Cisco Systems explores approaches to decentralized management and leadership and also offers perspective on the future of Web technology and the opportunity that an economic downturn provides for strategically minded companies.

Full video and transcript

Why It’s Smart To Be Optimistic

16. August 2009

aus der aktuellen Business Week:

Sure, it has been a harrowing storm. And now is no time to discount the dangers that still exist. But opening your mind to optimism can help you seize the opportunities ahead

By Peter Coy

The U.S. economy is in such bad shape that the loss of (just) a quarter-million jobs in July was greeted as good news. Long-term unemployment and foreclosures continue to mount in the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. Health-care costs are out of control. An aging population around the globe is driving government spending through the roof. And scientists say we need an expensive crash program to fight global warming or we’ll incinerate ourselves. It’s little wonder that despite some positive news lately, the daily Gallup Poll on U.S. economic conditions as of Aug. 11 found that 53% of Americans think the U.S. economic outlook is getting worse (yes, even worse), vs. 42% who think it is getting better.

But before you assume a purely defensive posture—knees pulled to chest, hands on head—remember this: Just as people become overly exuberant in good times, they tend to get too pessimistic in bad times. While the economy remains deep in a hole, and could indeed get worse, the truth is that nobody really knows what will happen next. Prudence demands that you prepare yourself for all possible outcomes, including some highly positive ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Radical Paradigm Shifts

22. July 2009

This great cartoon was posted on Facebook yesterday – creator unknown. Something to laugh and seriously reflect about.


Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen

20. June 2009


Hans Rosling, doctor, researcher and global health professor, is looking at some of the world’s most important statistics in a very exciting way.

The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity

27. May 2009


So now, in the graveyard of giants, it’s worth asking: Was Malone right? Was his age of nimble mammals simply delayed by the final march of corporate dinosaurs into the tar pits?

This crisis is not just the trough of a cycle but the end of an era. We will come out not just wiser but different.

Read the full article by Chris Anderson, Wired’s editor in chief.