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There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls. It looks like the artist Anish Kapoor has been let loose with his wax cannon again. But this, in fact, is what the making of Christmas looks like; this is the very heart of the real Santa’s workshop – thousands of miles from the North Pole, in the Chinese city of Yiwu. Our yuletide myth-making might like to imagine that Christmas is made by rosy-cheeked elves hammering away in a snow-bound log cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle. But it’s not. The likelihood is that most of those baubles, tinsel and flashing LED lights you’ve draped liberally around your house came from Yiwu, 300km south of Shanghai – where there’s not a (real) pine tree nor (natural) snowflake in sight. “Maybe it’s like [Chinese] New Year for foreigners,” says 19-year-old Wei, a worker who came to Yiwu from rural Guizhou province this year, speaking to Chinese news agency Sina.

Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear - Photo Thanks to its ugly spat with book publishers, has lately been cast as the abominable boogeyman of American commerce. As hundreds of authors took up arms against the giant, The New Republic declared in a cover article this fall that “Amazon Must Be Stopped,” insisting that the company’s unbounded retail ambitions would end up “cannibalizing the economy.” But there’s another theory about Amazon’s future, one for which evidence began to mount this year: Despite fears of Amazon’s growing invincibility, the company’s eventual hegemony over American shopping is not assured. It might not even be likely. That’s not just because investors began to question the company’s aggressive spending this year, or because its big new thing, the Fire Phone, turned out to be about as unwelcome as the flu.

Amazon may face a deeper problem. The key to its vulnerability is the smartphone, a device whose scope and significance Jeff Bezos, the chief executive, has not yet managed to corral. Am I an outlier? Internet Marketing Software: SEO, PPC, Social - Raven. Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations — Ceres. Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations, ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks.

Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations, ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks. The report found strong leadership among fewer than a dozen companies but generally poor responses among the vast majority.

Insurance Industry Shows 'Profound Lack Of Preparedness' For Climate Risks. By Ari Phillips Posted on Share this: "Insurance Industry Shows ‘Profound Lack Of Preparedness’ For Climate Risks" Share: CREDIT: shutterstock The insurance industry exists to provide a first line of defense against disasters, but so far the industry’s response to climate change-related risks has been more fearful than forceful. An extensive new report found that out of 330 insurers, only nine merited top ratings when it comes to climate policies — only two of which are American companies, Prudential and The Hartford. The combined effects of increasing urbanization and climate change are driving higher annual losses from natural catastrophes, according to the report. In 2013, insurance covered less than a third of the $116 billion in global losses from weather-related disasters, according to data from the reinsurer Swiss Re. The 330 respondents to the survey represent 87 percent of the nation’s insurance market, and in 2012 they collected a combined $989 billion in premiums.

Companies that Practice "Conscious Capitalism" Perform 10x Better - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 2:00 PM April 4, 2013 If you had told me, when I was attending college during the height of the Vietnam War, and the heyday of the counterculture, that several of the most inspiring days of my life would someday be spent with a group of CEOs of large companies, I would have said you were nuts. But that’s exactly what I experienced last week, at a small gathering sponsored by an organization called Conscious Capitalism Inc. and held at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Even today, “conscious” and “capitalism” remain unlikely bedfellows. Both are freighted words that have come to stand for fundamentally different worldviews. The thesis of conscious capitalism — outlined in a new book of the same title by John Mackey, founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods, and his thought partner, Raj Sisodia, a business professor — is that capitalism can be a force both for economic and social good.

But I did last week. Remaking the industrial economy. Visualize, for a moment, the industrial economy as a massive system of conveyor belts—one that directs materials and energy from resource-rich countries to manufacturing powerhouses, such as China, and then spirits the resulting products onward to the United States, Europe, and other destinations, where they are used, discarded, and replaced.

While this image is an exaggeration, it does capture the essence of the linear, one-way production model that has dominated global manufacturing since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Increasingly, however, the linear approach to industrialization has come under strain. Some three billion consumers from the developing world will enter the middle class by 2030. The unprecedented size and impact of this shift is squeezing companies between rising and less predictable commodity prices, on the one hand, and blistering competition and unpredictable demand, on the other.

Exhibit 1 Enlarge Circular thinking Exhibit 2 1. 2. 3. 4. Squaring the circle. Some thoughts on economics. From Peter Radford My instinctive entry point into economics is through business. What is called the “Theory of the Firm” plays a key role in shaping what I see, think, and try to explain. Business, of course, gets frequent mention throughout economics, with most varieties of general theory claiming to place it somewhere inside the theoretical constructs.

But pick up almost any textbook and the treatment of business is at best a weak caricature and at worst a laughable display of ignorance. But it must mean something to someone since it is still, despite its evident silliness, the most preferred theory within the profession. In this context I have to attribute a great honor to the Arrow-Debreu effort to complete the Walrasian episode. On another matter: mainstream economists have never adequately, in my opinion, responded to Coase’s challenge of 1937. I am aware of the post-Coase tradition of ‘transaction costs’. Then there is the problematic relationship of economics with information. Helping employees embrace change. When it comes to making big changes in an organization—implementing a Six Sigma program, optimizing business processes, adopting a new sales strategy—executives know that the wild card in the pack is their employees’ capacity to adapt to a new order.

Although the hoped-for benefits of a major initiative can shrink dramatically if employees misunderstand or resist it, success or failure depends as much on how the change is made as on the project itself. Fortunately, when companies attempt to change, a little improvement goes a long way. To determine the role of people and process issues, we studied change programs at 40 organizations, including banks, hospitals, manufacturers, and utilities. Each of these projects was initiated by senior management, could potentially have had a large economic impact on the organization, and required major company-wide changes in behavior, tasks, and processes.

Two dimensions interested us. Exhibit 1 Factors for successful change Enlarge Exhibit 2 Exhibit 3. Top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager. Darth Vader (Wikipedia photo) The Sith Lord Darth Vader, of Star Wars fame, often gets a bad rap, particularly in what we all think of as his ‘dark years.’ From a certain perspective his mass murder, brutal oppression, and frequent deception to serve his own ends makes him seem like a pretty bad guy. But if you look past all that to his action, you will find a very capable and effective project manager. In the name of finding silver linings in dark clouds, I’d like to present the top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager. Number 9: Vader made decisions based on objective data, not whims. Remember that Imperial officer who had to report to Vader that they had lost Han Solo in the asteroid field, and he choked him?

Death Star II (Via Wookiepedia) Number 7: Vader took time to re-charge, relax, and get some perspective. Lando Calrissian Number 6: Vader managed risk and expectations…pre-emptively. Number 5: Such a persuasive fellow. Viper Probe Droid (Via Wookiepedia) Portrait robot de l'entreprise du futur: durable dans l'instable.

Cet article est le premier d’une série dont la publication s’étalera sur plusieurs mois. Comment caractériser le monde économique de demain ? En se contentant d’extrapoler, on pourrait insister sur trois aspects. Ce sera un monde ouvert, où l’accessibilité croissante des technologies permettra à de nouveaux acteurs d’investir des secteurs jadis protégés ; par conséquent une forme d’instabilité s’imposera. Selon les pays et les secteurs, l’évolution sera très variée dans sa rapidité et dans son intensité. Mais la vague numérique continuera à déferler sur le monde, et avec elle des innovations radicales redéfinissant en profondeur les marchés, les modes de production et le rôle des différentes parties prenantes. La fin de l’avantage compétitif ? Même les secteurs jusqu’ici épargnés par la vague numérique commencent à s’inquiéter. La seule certitude, c’est l’aventure, au sens étymologique du terme : ad venturus, ce qui va arriver. Il y aura, comme toujours et plus que jamais, des perdants.

The Truth About Company Policy. Le cas Wal-Mart, ou comment gagner la bataille de l'efficacité énergétique. Les constructeurs automobiles ont été très tôt sensibles aux questions d’aérodynamique : la Rumpler allemande et la Chrysler Airflow s’inspiraient par exemple des ailes d’avion et par la suite l’industrie automobile a bénéficié des progrès réalisés par l’aéronautique.

Mais l’enjeu principal était la vitesse. Ce n’est que depuis les chocs pétroliers que l’efficacité énergétique a commencé à entrer en ligne de compte, bien davantage en Europe qu’aux Etats-Unis, et bien davantage pour les véhicules de tourisme que pour les camions. La donne est en train de changer : l’efficacité énergétique des flottes de camions est à l’ordre du jour. Cela tient notamment à deux enjeux. Le premier est climatique. Le commissaire européen chargé des transports, Siim Kallas, déclarait ainsi en 2013 : « Le cube étant la forme la moins aérodynamique qui puisse être imaginée, il est impératif d’améliorer la silhouette des camions qui circulent sur nos routes. Welcome to the Garage: Microsoft’s after-hours idea factory. By Jennifer Warnick Imagine, if you will, a cold Sunday evening. You’ve popped the popcorn, nestled on the couch, and queued up your favorite nature documentary. It opens with the dulcet tones of a narrator, let’s say Sir David Attenborough.

Earth, our planet, contains a wide variety of vibrant life forms. Though it’s well after business hours, the windows of Building 27 on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Wash., are aglow. We sweep into a large, industrial space that also somehow oozes warmth (and not just because it’s packed with humanity). Welcome to The Garage, a protected habitat for Microsoft employees and their wild ideas. Even on a weeknight, The Garage is chock full of people with projects in various stages of evolution. “Microsoft needs The Garage likeNew York City needs Central Park.” Garage geeks come from vastly different backgrounds, and bring with them a variety of talents, ideas and interests. “The Garage is a support system, an incubator, and full of cheerleaders.” Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation. Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There's no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company.

The tech giant draws from what Google's chief social evangelist, Gopi Kallayil, calls the nine core principles of innovation. Kallayil shared his insights at this week’s San Francisco Dreamforce summit. Here are the nine rules that any enterprise, large or small, can adopt to steal Google’s innovative culture. 1. Innovation comes from anywhere It can come from the top down as well as bottom up, and in the places you least expect. 2. Worry about the money later, when you focus on the user, all else will follow. End result? 3. If you come into work thinking that you will improve things by ten percent, you will only see incremental change. Google co-founder Larry Page built his own book scanner, and the initial process required having someone manually turn its pages in rhythm, one at a time, according to the pace of a metronome. 4. 5. 6.

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Tricks-of-the-trade. Tricks-of-the-trade-methodology. Tricks of the Trade (2014) - Inspired by Ricoh. Six High-Paying Jobs On The Rise. By Jennifer Berry Work makes up a big part of most of our adult lives, so why not find a job that can compensate you well for your efforts? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are a good variety of growing careers whose median annual salaries reportedly pay $75K or more. These careers span all kinds of industries, from health to information technology to construction, but they have one thing in common. "These higher-salary levels are typically inline with the complexities of performing the specific job, as well as the job's impact on a company's bottom line," says Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, owner of CareerTrend (a company specializing in professional and executive resume writing and interview coaching).

And not only do these careers typically demand a high salary, but according to the U.S. Department of Labor, many of them are growing steadily despite recent developments in the economy. Still wondering what it takes to qualify for a high-earning, rapidly growing career? Discover A Better Way of Working | The Energy Project. Chic CEO Mastermind | Chic CEO. Careergasm - Career Coach Torontocareergasm. The Wal-Mart You Don't Know. Why Don't We Measure The Productivity Of Leaders? The 3 Critical Questions Every Company Should Ask. WalMartReport-May2013. The Economics of Evil Google. The Bulletproof Executive — The State of High Performance. Online ID Calculator - make sense of your Google results. The 20 Most Expensive Google AdWords — And How to Compete Against Them | BNET. Why Obama Is Right To Call Out The Carried Interest Loophole (Again)

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