Dare to Disagree; Railroaded; Breaking the Bank; More Rooms AvailableAugust 10, 2012
Zach Dell; Charlie Munger; Sir Martin Sorrell; Australian TourAugust 23, 2012
"…keeping you great"
Chet Holmes Untimely Death — a friend and faculty member of our Fortune Summit, Chet Holmes, author of one of my favorite sales books of all time, The Ultimate Sales Machine, lost his battle to leukemia last week. Former top sales leader for Charlie Munger (Warren Buffett's partner), he went on to partner with Tony Robbins in building Business Breakthroughs International (BBI). Here's a link to Tony's tribute to Chetincluding.
German Mittelstands — the key to Germany's growing economy vs. most of the rest of Europe are their Mittelstands – mid-size growth firms. They were in the news again last week. Notes the NY Times "the Germany economy sometimes resembles one big Mittelstand company: it is built for stability more than growth. Debt is bad, prudence a higher virtue than profit." Take three minutes to read this insightful article and see why one of the Mittelstand's turned away business; and is a key supplier to China!! Big is bad; small is beautiful.
Great By Choice — reading the NY Times article about their Mittelstands, I was reminded of Jim Collins' research that those firms which thrived in turbulent times held magnitudes more cash than their competitors. Further notes the NY Times article, "That characteristic often frustrates Germany's neighbors, as well as some economists, who wish Germans would spend more to stimulate growth in the rest of the euro zone. But Germans argue that their approach has helped the country avoid downturns like those that have hit Spain and Italy and are threatening France. While Greece was racking up debt during the last decade, Mittelstand companies were resolutely cutting theirs."
Top 10 Industries Attracting Young Talent — with the focus on employment and youth, insight reader Shanna Houston with Collegestats.org sent me a link to her recent article outlining the top 10 industries aggressively recruiting young talent – worth sending to college students contemplating the job market. Thanks Shanna.
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