Category: Economic

Scenario: Gold isn’t always a safe haven

Many have touted gold as the safe place to invest as prices skyrocketed over the past several months. But gold as a haven is falling to cash as reported in today’s FT: Gold slides as investors scramble for cash. Although gold may recover to its record levels, that is by no means assured. Individuals and.

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Five Things to Consider as your worry about Uncertainty and the Future of the Economy

The buzzword yesterday was uncertainty. US debt has never dropped below a AAA rating. And yet, with the move to AA+, the bond market was positive, while stocks, in companies with good earnings and huge amounts of cash, took a pounding. It is hard to make sense of what is going on unless you look.

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Six Cautions for IT in the Cloud Planners, or Why Bernard Golden is Wrong

CIO Magazine ran a story this week (July 29, 2010) on six predictions on how cloud computing will change IT, taking it from the hodgepodge of today’s options into the smooth waters of a post-cloud world where IT only has one choice.  Even the opening premise leaves me flat, because as we move to a.

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Infographic: The New Hire-to-Retire Cycle

A few weeks ago I wrote a paper for Cisco that outlined what I call Organization Next. Today I will be with the Human Capital Institute via webinar (sign-up here) talking about the paper through the infographic below, which summarizes the key points of the paper.  I look forward to talking with you this morning..

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Time for Congress to Step Up and Address Tax Reform as a Valid Strategy

Fiscal restraint in the US will not be enough to reduce the growing deficit (although, as with all things about the future, emergent influences may we exacerbate or ameliorate the deficit in unforeseen ways). However, on a practical note, revenue is one part of the dual pronged attack on deficits, the other, is reduced spending..

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The other side of the jobless recovery?

Reposted from The Future of Information Work: 11/2/2009 5:28:51 PM It has been speculated recently that technology has significantly contributed to the restructuring of labor markets. Today’s Computerworld ran the following article that reinforces this perspective (read it here: More Jobs Vanish: IT’s Gains Are Real People’s Losses). The question now is: what next? If.

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Economic Balance Can’t Come from Sovereign State Policy Makers

Today’s strategy+business article, A Continuous Quest for Economic Balance, discusses what countries must do to balance their economies. It starts, in its first sentence, revealing a bias by focusing on “what cracks the storm [the economic crisis] revealed in the foundations of national economies.” I think there is a larger crack that appeared during the.

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Twitter, Egypt and Strategy

Some people have an issue figuring out Twitter’s strategy. Perhaps today’s events in Egypt have helped them define that strategy: Our goal is to instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them. In the context of this week’s events, this "goal" makes a lot of sense. If gives Twitter a meaningful purpose.

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What We Won’t Learn from IBM’s Watson Playing Jeopardy!

The game show Jeopardy! will host an unusual array of contestants on Februrary 14-16, 2011. Two of the shows superstars, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, will be pitted against Watson, an artificial intelligence (AI) created by IBM engineers. Watson will not teach the world anything new about a generalized artificial intelligence. In the moment, as.

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Management by Design: What’s in it for Your Organization? #MBDBK

I do a fair amount of marketing consulting, and we spend hours talking about value propositions. So I thought I would share the value proposition for Management by Design. And today is a good day to have this discussion, because the Conference Board just released their latest numbers on worker satisfaction (see I Can’t Get.

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