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Aswath Damodaran: Good corporate governance cannot be legislated

  What is common between Aswath Damodaran and Forrest Gump, one a widely published professor of finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University and the other a naive, unintelligent fictional hero? Well, both got lucky with investments in shares

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Posted in Business, Finance, Management, Mathematics, News, portfolio management

Doing Away With Stupid Rules

Right now, somewhere in your company, one of your employees is rolling his eyes. Make no mistake, it’s because of a policy or rule that leadership created. The eye-roll—and its cousin, the defeated shrug—are the silent protests of people in

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Posted in Business, Innovation, Management, Thought

Michael J Sandel: ‘Do we want a society where everything is up for sale?’

  Michael J Sandel is one of the foremost political philosophers of our times. He is the Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His new book, What

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Posted in India, Leadership, Management, News, Thought

Retaliation against Whistle-Blowers: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

No good deed goes unpunished. This phrase came to mind after reading the results of a 2011 National Business Ethics Survey titled “Retaliation: When Whistleblowers Become Victims.” The report contains some shocking statistics:   45% of US workers observed wrongdoing;

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HR Rep of the future

  The other day I was talking about this column to an acquaintance. I was telling them about the various themes that we dwell upon—offices, policies, co-workers, human resource (HR) departments, Sodexo passes—and the conversations that this leads to amongst

Posted in HR, humor, Management

What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed

    Early birds get all the credit. Research indicates that morning people tend to be more active and goal oriented, and such larks as Steve Jobs, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and 25-year old David Karp, founder of the Tumblr blogging platform suggest

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Posted in Leadership, Management

Why Most Leaders (Even Thomas Jefferson) Are Replaceable

    Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Gautam Mukunda leads off his new book, Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, with the results of social science research that executives may wish not to consider: individual leaders rarely make a difference.   Although many

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  • People only echo what they believe, not what they do not. 3 weeks ago
  • If it feels unjust, it usually is. It helps to know why and, better still, explain why. 3 weeks ago
  • Giving and gifting are not the same. The giver expects; giving should be sustainable. The gifter does not. Gifting is usually excess. 3 weeks ago
  • A change of heart in one does not necessarily imply a change of heart in all. 3 weeks ago

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