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Sep 28, 2012

What Apple (and maybe you, too) can learn from the NFL fumble

Sept 28 (Reuters) – That hooting-and-hollering you heard
Thursday morning? Yep, that was us, celebrating the end of the
NFL strike. Or maybe you didn’t hear itover your own ruckus.

And why shouldn’t we all be thrilled the National Football
League is back in action? Pro football is the ultimate viewing
experience – edge-of-seat good, heart-thumping good, and as the
season comes to its climax, epic-entertainment good. Frankly,
over the past decade or so, the NFL has designed the perfect
product, thanks to the leveling effects of the player draft and
the distribution of TV revenue.

Sep 14, 2012

(Business) haters gonna hate – but who gets hurt?

Sept 14 (Reuters) – With the first, a revealing gaffe, and
the second, a wildly cheered campaign refrain, one party has
certainly made it clear how it feels about American business
these days.

It ain’t good.

Well, big surprise, we don’t agree. We consider
entrepreneurs American heroes and, as we’ve opined recently, we
think many corporations brim with humanity. Business can’t
operate unfettered, of course, without any form of oversight or
control. But our view, essentially, is that business is a source
of great good for society, with the power to create hope and
opportunity like no other institution going.

Jun 18, 2012

Mr. Biden, here’s the truth about private equity-Jack and Suzy Welch

June 18 (Reuters) – Time was you worked in private equity
and people just sort of shrugged when you mentioned it. You were
in finance sort of; you invested in companies, you made deals.

Now, you’re in private equity, and well, hello. You’re a
heroic job creator – or no, wait, you take pleasure in firing
people. You’re a savvy executive who knows how to grow the
economy – or get outta here, you’re a vulture capitalist with
leadership skills, as Vice President Joe Biden recently put it,
that are no better than a plumber’s.

Jun 15, 2012

Dear Summer Intern: This is an audition for your future

By Jack and Suzy Welch

(Reuters) – Once upon a time – i.e., eons ago – one of us had a summer internship that mainly involved playing golf with the boss, who appreciated the company of a college kid with a single-digit handicap. Not much work got done, but it didn’t seem to matter, particularly to the boss. The other one of us (the one whose handicap is so obscene it can’t be printed in a family publication) once had a summer job that revolved around asking, “Would you like your eggs bagged separately?” It was boring, sure, but the hours were great if hitting the pool is your kind of thing.

As the song goes, “Those were the days, my friends. We thought they’d never end….”

May 29, 2012

The Wal-Mart mess: Everybody does it (and we don’t mean bribery)-Jack and Suzy Welch

May 29 (Reuters) – “Ignore him, he’s a whack job.”

“She’s just bitter she didn’t get promoted.”

“He’s been shooting his mouth off for years – and it’s
always nothing.”

Those lines sound familiar? If you work in business, they
probably do – it’s how people talk about whistleblowers.
Shocking? It’s just the truth. Even though whistleblowers may
have a noble reputation in the media, gracing magazine covers
and prime-time TV spots, when they surface within a company,
management almost always brushes them off with a discrediting
back story or a little piece of history that explains away all
their annoying accusations. And here’s why that happens: In the
vast majority of cases, whistleblowers are, to some degree,
crazy or vengeful or both.

Apr 27, 2012

Today vs. GMA: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger-Jack and Suzy Welch

April 27 (Reuters) – Pick any hot topic over the past decade
or two – tax policy, Social Security, nuclear power, “American
Idol,” you name it – and if you put a dozen people in a room,
you’d get a cacophony of opinions.

But ask those same people, “So, what morning show do you
watch?” and you’d just as likely get one big chorus back,
saying, “‘Today’”, of course!”

Apr 18, 2012

Romney vs Obama: Leadership and the enemies list

April 18 (Reuters) – Remember that incompetent boss you used
to have? He was a good guy and all, but he just couldn’t make
decisions or prioritize. Perhaps worst of all, he tried to make
everyone happy, resulting in almost everyone being angry or
confused or both. And remember how long it took management to
move him out – and how aggravating that was?

Of course, at the time, you sort of understood why the Bigs
had promoted the guy in the first place, and why they held out
hope for so long. He’d been a superstar salesman. Best the
company had seen in ages. But in the end, it turned out that all
the things that made him great as an individual performer made
him lousy as a people manager.

Feb 26, 2012

U.S. shouldn’t speed up Afghanistan pull out: U.S. ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should resist the urge to pull troops out of Afghanistan ahead of schedule due to the violence against Americans over the burning of the Koran at a U.S. military base, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said on Sunday.

“Tensions are running very high here. I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business,” Crocker said in an interview from Kabul on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Feb 12, 2012

White House sticking to contraception plan

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
will not make any more changes to the rule announced last week
requiring health insurance plans to provide women with coverage
for contraception, although U.S. Catholic bishops have said it
violates the Church’s religious principles.

“We put out the plan that reflects where the president
intended to go. This is our plan,” White House chief of staff
Jacob Lew said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Aug 16, 2011
via FaithWorld

Report shows rise in world restrictions on religion


Nearly a third of the world’s population lives in countries where it is becoming more difficult to freely practice religion, a private U.S. research group has reported. The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life said government restrictions and public hostility involving religion grew in some of the most populous countries from mid-2006 to mid-2009.

“During the three-year period covered by the study, the extent of violence and abuse related to religion increased in more places than it decreased,” according to the report “Rising Restrictions on Religion.” Only about one percent of the world lives in countries that saw more religious tolerance during those years, it said.