Apple And Amazon Report Record Profits For Q4 2019. When Will ‘Profit Shaming’ Start?

Both Apple and Amazon have earned record profits in the fourth quarter of 2019. Propelled by sales of the iPhone 11, Apple reported an all-time record in revenues and profits. Revenues topped at $91.8 billion and profits at $22.3 billion. And propelled by Christmas sales, amazon revenues have risen to $87.4 billion over the last…

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Against Inequality: Why These 169 Millionaires Ask Governments For $8 Trillion More Taxes

During the Davos 2020 meeting of the World Economic Forum something remarkable happened. A group of more than hundred millionaires, calling themselves “Millionaires against Pitchforks” spread a letter to governments in which they ask for more taxes. What drives some of the richest people on this planet to do this? As we infer from the…

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Getting Things Done In 2020: Seven Mottos For An Effective Leadership Mindset

2020 has come and will ask a lot from leaders across the globe. Facing significant economic, political and climate challenges, leaders will have to prove themselves this year. First and foremost this means they will have to show effective leadership by turning plans, ideas and words into actions. Effective leadership means getting things done through…

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McKinsey Research Shows: A Sustainable Society Asks For Whole-Person Leadership

In the November 2019 issue of McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey describes three characteristics that leaders need to have to make their organizations flourish in today’s world. As they argue in their article “Answering Society’s Call: A New Leadership Imperative,” society increasingly demands transparency, empathy and meaning from their leaders. Whether this demand is really new, as…

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How These Five Entrepreneurs Deal With Stress In This VUCA World

Some people today feel the world is becoming increasingly stressful and difficult to grasp and cope with, both privately and in business. They see the world getting more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) and experience a constant pressure to perform. For entrepreneurs this is a challenge. They need to constantly keep up with what is going on in their markets and broader environment. But…

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Why Self-Help Books Don’t Work (And How To Nevertheless Benefit From Them)

Two weeks ago I launched my first so-called self-help book: No More Bananas: How to Keep Your Cool in the Collective Madness. It is a book that offers practical advice for staying calm and confident in today’s stressful world of social media and information overload. Even though very well-intended, I realize that its effect may be quite limited.…

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Accenture Report Shows: The Large Majority Of Leaders Use Just Half Their Brain

Last month, Accenture published an interesting report, carrying the title “Striking Balance with Whole-Brain Leadership.” The gist of that report: leaders need to dramatically increase the use of the right part of their brain—the part allowing us to be creative, empathetic, self-aware and use our intuition and holistic thinking. Why? First, because today’s volatile, uncertain,…

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It Is World Well-Being Week: Five Practical Remedies To Calm Down And Feel Less Stressed

This week is “World Well-Being Week,” the one week a year when we are stimulated to explicitly pay attention to our own well-being and that of others. Of course, that is something to pay attention to every day, but a special week like this can help to draw attention to this crucial aspect of life. Because crucial it is. In today’s overheated society,…

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