The Significance of Shanghai

I recently had the good fortune of spending time in Shanghai, China through the lens of a new, US-based venture. We were afforded an insightful peek into China at work, China at play, new China, old China. It was a fascinating experience that offered a variety of learnings. Shanghai is second chances. Shanghai embodies the potential of China perhaps more than any other Chinese city. Shanghai is at once contemporary, connected, in tune, aware, open, willing, engaged, and hungry. This new reality is all the more remarkable when you consider what China...

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Word Limit: How is Your Grasp of the Language?

I couldn’t agree more. They say actions speak louder than words, but words are what motivate, inspire, and entice us. If we begin with the right words actions will be all the more effective. By Bob James, Business2Community.com I enjoy consultant Alan Weiss’ monthly e-newsletter Balancing Act. Weiss is the Andy Rooney of the corporate boardroom. In the current edition, he bemoans our poor command of language. “I’ve always believed that language controls discussion, discussion controls relationships, and relationships control business,” Weiss writes. Ain’t it the truth. “As...

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Is Occupy Wall Street An Effective Change Platform?

Say what you want about the Occupy Wall Street movement, but we can surely agree it has garnered attention and sparked debate. The question is why. Why has the Occupy Wall Street movement — and the related activities it has spawned — tapped our interest and emotions? What is there to learn from this change platform? I can tell you I have questions about the movement, especially its beginnings. Were people hired to protest? Where the protestors put in place by a powerful, quietly controlling organization? Is the march on Wall Street a made-for-media event not unlike that depicted...

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The Influential Power of Uncertainty

Certainty is a lofty goal. We all strive to be certain about our choices and recommendations, but the reality is certainty is a continuous work in process.  People don’t expect you to be absolutely certain, but they expect you to be transparent in your efforts to be certain. That’s how I read this study. If you think about it, honesty, clarity, and transparency make for the most effective communication in all areas of our lives. The power of trying to be certain in the right ways will speed progress. BY ANDREW HANELLY Nobody can possibly know everything. And we tend to look...

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