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Did your Child Choose their University?

A diploma from a school that offers the highest quality academic programs can help a graduate land a good job as well as gain admission into the best graduate programs in the country.

The New Renaissance of the Chateaux

Living in a real fairytale castle is no longer a childhood dream. A castle vacation can be true joy for anyone’s senses, breathing in the historic air between ancient walls and discovering the exciting secrets of noble families with a long, rich tradition.

The ‘New Life’ in Neighborhoods

Looking for new ‘centers’ for building your career, finding plenty of attractive spots to feel at home, where there is the ‘globalization of the local’.

Abuse and Addiction in the Workplace

According to a survey by the International Data Corporation, up to 40% of Internet access in the workplace is spent on non-work related browsing, and 60% of all online purchases are made during working hours. The same survey also reported that 90% of employees felt the Internet can be addictive, and 41% admitted to personal internet surfing at work for more than three hours per week.

Out With the Old Economic Ideologies, in With the New

More About Commerce, Less About Competition. Leading business strategists like, Michael Porter brought about a shift beginning in the 1980s. Theorists like Peter Drucker had suggested the purpose of business was to create customers. Porter posited a more Hobbesian worldview, in which the natural state of business was one of competition. A company was constantly in a struggle to gain sustainable competitive advantage, Porter said.

It Will Fluctuate

A reporter once asked J. P. Morgan, the most powerful banker in the United States, perhaps the world, what the stock market was going to do. Morgan looked at the hapless reporter with his famously blazing eyes and said, “It will fluctuate.” If there is a certainty in the financial world, it is fluctuation. Today’s bull market, when the sky’s the limit and baby’s going to get a new pair of shoes, can quickly be tomorrow’s bear market when it’s “Brother, can you spare a dime?”. The hedgefund genius who has made all his clients rich is suddenly a convicted felon, doing 150 years for fraud.

Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast

We need to try more stuff. Innovation is never about silver bullets. It’s about experimentation and doing whatever it takes, even if it means trying 1000 things, to deliver value. Making progress on the real issues of our time including health care, education, and energy will require a lot more experimentation than we are comfortable with today. These are all systems challenges that will require systems solutions. Tweaking the current systems will not work.

Autonomy or Independence

Many spontaneously believe that autonomy does not exist anymore and that our societies are moved by forces that are beyond them. At most, one can only put up weak temporary resistance. It is obvious that economic interdependence has grown over the years. But even with the expansion of interdependence, there is a chance for freedom. The captive markets disappear.

Avoiding solitude

Loneliness and Dissatisfaction can occur when moving to another city for work. These feelings come from the uncertainty of being liked, involved, appreciated. The best advice for being happy in unknown places is to establish new habits and identify places to go: bars, restaurants, grocery stores, gyms. A new love interest could be a ‘cure-all’, but this is a different story that cannot be scheduled obviously. RETAIN THE ASSETS YOU HAVE Take stock of the relationships in your network and ...

CEOs Show True Colors

Ask CEOs to pick their favorite color and what they select will often be very different than what most people would choose. For example, when 877 members of USA Today’s CEO panel took an online personality color test, they were three times more likely to favormagenta than the public at large, three times less likely to select red, and 3.5 times less likely to choose yellow. This, it turns out, is more than a curiosity. Psychiatry professor Rense Lange, an expert on tests for everyone from ...

Truth in Information

Social media: some are simple ‘after work’ activities such as soccer clubs, others are similar to English clubs for gentlemen only: it is difficult to get into such clubs and once you are a member, maintaining constant rigor is necessary. The truthfulness of information should be mediated by users through their own ‘right thinking’. Truth and counter-information can be found: maybe this is also why social networks irritate regimes so much. After working as an investment banker for ...

The Workplace of the Future

We need great imagination to envisage the future, but, conversely, one of the greatest problems with most forms of future-forecasting is our tendency to be too imaginative.It’s only too easy to exaggerate our appetite for change, whereas in fact our human instincts simultaneously embrace the new, whilst clinging resolutely to the known. With a more realistic appraisal of life’s yin and yang, we see that each new advance may also have a hidden downside.  Major shifts do, of course, occur ...