The Risks that go with Globalization
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The Risks that go with Globalization

It is undoubtedly and incontrovertibly true that global extreme poverty has declined as capitalism has driven globalization – the trade between and among nations – to increase over time.  Certainly, there are arguments to be made that the growth in wealth has also been increasingly concentrated in the hands of fewer people, but the world as a whole has…

Professional Development and Networking using Social Media
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Professional Development and Networking using Social Media

If you are reading this, you probably engage in professional networking on social media.  And if you are like me, you have been engaging for a very long time. The motivation is probably similar to mine.  You want to learn and understand what’s going on in your profession, your industry, your community – and probably…

The Euro’s Future Can Be Found in the Dollar’s Past
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The Euro’s Future Can Be Found in the Dollar’s Past

I have been quizzed by some readers, “What do currencies in general – and the challenges facing the Euro and its member countries in particular – have to do with Operational Excellence?” For that matter, what do discussions that involve “geo-politics” have to do with Operational Excellence? Both are very fair questions. Operational Excellence is…

Amazon.com; Change-agent of Retail & Logistics
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Amazon.com; Change-agent of Retail & Logistics

I grew up in Endicott, New York. Its claim to fame is being the birthplace of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). In the mid-60’s through the mid-80’s, Washington Avenue (the main retail district) – also known simply as “The Ave” – was a-buzz with retail activities from family-owned retailers such as Burt’s (a department store)…