Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) – British venture-capital investors in recent years have traded the leafy courtyards of Cambridge for the hipster coffee bars and converted warehouses of Shoreditch, a once-gritty East London neighborhood brimming with startups. Now, they’re dusting off their tweed blazers and train passes.
The showdown over the U.S. debt ceiling demonstrates a crucial failing of human beings: We are systematically incapable of understanding how precarious our existence, or the continuance of our currently familiar condition, really is.
Alan Joyce’s visit to the posh Wolgan Valley spa on a crisp day in May last year was no holiday. For the chief executive of Qantas Airways Ltd. the exclusive resort, in a wilderness west of Sydney once explored by Charles Darwin, was hostile territory.
The word “God” peaked in usage in the world’s books about 1830. “Women” overtook “men” in print after 1985. Sigmund Freud has gotten more ink in the past 60 years than Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein .
As a leader, what do you want to accomplish? Do your employees know what needs to be done to reach that objective? Do they know how you expect them to behave? And — once they know the "what" and "how" — do you provide them with enough autonomy to get the job done in an effective and timely way? These are pragmatic business issues that all leaders encounter....