The Successful Buyer's Guide PDF Print E-mail
Management Notebook
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 20:31

We live in a period of history when large corporations are more powerful than nations and governments. The United States of Wal-Mart hires 50 times more than the average Fortune 500 company, and adds up to more than the US army.

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Corporate Culture and Communication Styles PDF Print E-mail
Management Notebook
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:28

It has never ceased to amaze me how differently different people communicate. I know, I know - there’s nothing new about that. After all, each of us is different, and so each of us is bound to communicate differently. Yes? True, but have you ever wondered whether there exists a strange connection between the culture of a corporation and the communication style of its people? I don’t know about you, but the curious sort that I am, I have been wondering about it for a while. Since wondering about wasn’t isn’t enough, I started observing this phenomenon across companies for some time. The observations seem to reveal that there is a definite connection after all, between corporate culture and communication styles. So what did I discover? Read on.

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The Risks of Genetic Blindness PDF Print E-mail
Management Notebook
Monday, 02 March 2009 00:42

 

 

Companies spend so much time working within the confines of their own operations, they often lose sight of what is going on outside their universe. This becomes a real problem when your customers and competitors take on a global profile, and are spread all over. As far as competition is concerned, no one can say with any certainty where the danger  is lurking, and what is about to happen. When things cease to happen the way corporate chieftains expected or had planned for, they quickly pull back to figure out what can be done in the new environment.  The situation could have changed due to a combination of several factors ? technology, competitors with new strategies, changes in government regulations, or plain customer needs.  

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The Meaning of Money PDF Print E-mail
Management Notebook
Monday, 02 March 2009 08:24

How often have you heard companies extol to their employees the virtues of being honest, open, committed, and up-front in their business dealings? Yet, how few companies mean what they say! I few weeks back I wrote a piece titled “The Successful Buyer’s Guide”, which truthfully listed the very real instructions and guidelines of this mega retailer to its buyers. Words like open, honest, and up-front where conspicuous only by their absence. The only exhortation was to systematically hammer suppliers into submission. There seems to be only one goal – make money at any cost. Social factors and considerations are not for the brave. They are only for the timid.

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What Caused the Current Crisis? PDF Print E-mail
News and Views
Thursday, 26 February 2009 00:00
    

The world is spinning through a dangerous downward spiral. We are caught up in a financial crisis of epic proportions. Comparisons with the great depression take place every hour. Regardless of whether or not it is bigger than the great depression, we need to give serious thought to the possible reasons behind it.

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