Monday, August 31, 2009

Clunkers

But why did taxpayers, having already bailed out GM and Chrysler once, have to do so again to the tune of $3 billion through the $3,500-$4,500 C4C incentives? This taxpayer money simply enabled the dealers to avoid having to offer discounts off sticker prices and to extract higher profit margins than they would have otherwise obtained on the qualifying new cars. The program proved so popular that inventories of the qualifying cars soon dwindled, further boosting the dealers' negotiating leverage and unit profit margin.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stressed Out

The cheery, chatty voice at the other end of your customer care helpline may be a stressed-out, sleep-deprived and depressed twenty-something in Bangalore.
As many young people in India's outsourcing industry are beginning to discover, underneath the heady promise of an exciting job, a good paycheck and attractive career prospects lie long spells of night shifts, ruthless targets and the dreadful monotony of writing code or pacifying angry customers.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bernanke

It is too soon to declare that the threat of depression has passed, but not to conclude that Mr Bernanke’s academic background, which seemed a liability at the start of his tenure, has proved his greatest asset. His so far successful handling of the crisis reflects not just what he learned about the Depression, but what other economists have learned from studying crises—as demonstrated by the similar strategies other central banks have taken. A political neophyte compared with his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, Mr Bernanke made that a strength when he pleaded with politicians to bail out the system. “I’m a college professor,” he told Congress as it debated the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Programme. “I never worked on Wall Street… My interest is solely for the strength and the recovery of the US economy.”

Health Care Cost

Governments around the world are struggling to cope with the rising cost of health care, and of drugs in particular (see chart). Many rich countries have resorted to price controls, and some on the American left advocate them noisily. But drug firms maintain that America, where they are free to price patented pills largely as they please, is the engine of global pharmaceutical innovation, while price-controlling Europeans are free riders. That, says PhRMA, the industry’s lobby based in Washington, DC, is because price regulations seen in other rich countries “chill innovation, impede patients’ access to the newest cutting-edge medicines, and trigger innovators to relocate to countries with more progressive public policy.”

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sustainable Markets

The world is changing, and fast. Profound shifts are under way as the world mutates demographically (more, younger, less white), politically (new bases of power to the East), and perhaps most importantly, physically (climate change, water stress, resource constraints). How can your company prepare for markets that will be driven, unavoidably, by a quest for sustainability?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Working Harder

Have you ever gone home at the end of a long day and wondered what you really accomplished?
That's the complaint I hear from many managers these days who feel that they are working harder than ever, but don't have much to show for it. While globalization, innovation and communications technologies have created incredible opportunities, they also have made organizations much more complex, more exhausting, and more overloaded with meetings, emails, and presentations — often without the counterbalancing benefit of more productivity or satisfaction. And to make matters worse during the economic downturn, many organizations have cut their staffs and just expect the remaining people to do the same (or more) work. It's not a pretty picture.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Marketing Hype

SO, THE Chevrolet Volt—the plug-in hybrid car on which General Motors is pinning its resurrection—will get a staggering 230 miles per American gallon (or 97 kilometres per litre) in stop-go city driving? Well, er, no, just marketing hype. When launched, new Chevy Volts will get around 50mpg in traffic.

Valued Customer

Asked what dimensions of customer service they would most like to see companies measure, the highest number of U.S. consumers surveyed 65% wanted knowledgeable employees which most defined as able to answer my questions without putting me on hold, searching for someone, or transferring me. 62% wanted to be treated like a valued customer.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Switzerland gives up secrecy

UBS made public the terms of its settlement with the Internal Revenue Service after a tax-evasion investigation. The Swiss bank will give the American agency the names of 4,450 clients suspected of hiding assets in their accounts, who will be encouraged to join the IRS’s “voluntary disclosure” scheme. UBS will not be fined. Some in Switzerland fret that the deal undermines the country’s reputation for banking secrecy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Credit Card Fees

But American Express isn’t the only one. Credit card issuers are rushing to raise rates in advance of this Thursday, when the first provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, or CARD, will go into effect.

Changes

Changes that used to take generations—economic cycles, cultural shifts, mass migrations, changes in the structures of families and institutions—now unfurl in a span of years... Game-changing consumer products and services (iPod, smart phones, YouTube, Twitter, blogs) that historically might have appeared once every five or more years roll out within months.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Green Recovery

When the economy turns rough, many companies sideline their green business initiatives. That's a big mistake. Green Recovery shows that no company can afford to wait for the downturn to ease before going green.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Google Caffeine

Google is set to launch a new, updated version of its search engine – the update is being called Google Caffeine. These changes to the service’s infrastructure will change the search results on GoogleGoogle in a more noticeable way than the usual incremental changes, so website owners are paying attention.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Managerial Paradigm

With executives under fire for driving their companies into the ground—and taking the economy with them—it's time for a managerial paradigm shift that focuses on the root of all booms and busts: individual behavior. Many time-honored management practices, such as layoffs, yearend bonuses, and automatic pay raises, actually reward employees' bad habits and punish good behavior, often with devastating results.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stalling Economy

It's no surprise that moods are sagging in mid-2009. The capital markets are stalling, the banks are barely lending, the federal government stimulus is not stimulating enough, and job losses are mounting. Incumbent politicians promise that things are getting better, but not in your city, where the powers-that-be are shutting down the zoo and raising public transportation fares, making subway rides so expensive that cars still clog the roads

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Job Seekers

You know the Catch-22: "You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job."
Young job seekers have always faced this dilemma. In today's shrinking job market, people with years of experience also struggle with it. Whether they face the reality of a layoff, or merely the threat of one, many older workers are trying to reinvent themselves in order to become marketable in a changed economy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wow, over night we now get 230 mpg.

And now over night we now get 230 mpg!!!!!
WARREN, Mich.--General Motors said on Tuesday that its gas-electric Chevy Volt will get triple-digit mileage, including an estimated 230 mile per gallon for city driving.
The 230 miles per gallon fuel efficiency--teased in a stealth advertising campaign on billboards and during baseball game--is based on a draft methodology for electric vehicles developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GM CEO Fritz Henderson said on Tuesday.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Transforming Media

We can, and I hope we will. But we'll have to rethink our relationship with media. In the supply and demand system that guides all marketplaces, including the marketplace of ideas and information, we need better demand, not just more supply. We'll need to transform ourselves from passive consumers of media into active users. To accomplish that, we'll have to instill throughout our society principles that add up to critical thinking and honorable behavior.

Saturday, August 08, 2009


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Friday, August 07, 2009

Drug Makers Pay for Delay

Cost-conscious governments everywhere are bashing pricey patented drugs even as they boost cheap generics. In the past few weeks regulators in America and the European Union have announced separate crackdowns on anti-competitive practices, including “pay-for-delay” deals, whereby big drugmakers pay generics firms to delay the launch of competitors to drugs coming off patent. From Japan to Germany, governments are liberalising drug markets, sweeping away barriers to

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Nap

While I cannot attest to the earning power of napping, I can vouch for its leadership effectiveness. Winston Churchill and John D. Rockefeller took regular naps, as did my grandfather. For nearly thirty years, Grandpa John worked full-time and ran a weekly newspaper on the side. Naps were essential to his ability to keep working productively.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Brokers Future

Retail investors are beginning to take matters into their own hands after experiencing losses from the market downturn and being sickened by con artists like Bernie Madoff. "If I'm going to lose money, may as well do it myself for free," seems to be the mantra of investors fleeing their brokers. While it's true that good brokers provide a service to their clients, this profession needs to shape up if it wants to survive into the future.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Commercial Fisheries

In 2006 he came to the depressing conclusion that by 2048 the world’s commercial fisheries would have collapsed. Fish would no longer be on the menu. But Dr Worm is no pessimist and on July 31st he published a more encouraging piece of work in Science. It suggests that, with proper management, it ought to be possible to rebuild the world’s fisheries.
Dr Worm, who works at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, conducted the study in collaboration with Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington, Seattle, who was a ferocious critic of his initial analysis. For two years the pair, along with 19 colleagues, gathered data from ten of the world’s large fisheries. They found a mixed picture, in which some species were overfished in some places and not in others.
From the Economist.

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