Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • Here’s Why China Isn’t Taking Over the IT World … Yet

    A July 9th article by Martin Wolf (not me), chief economics columnist for the Financial Times, London, was entitled: “Why China Will Not Buy The World.” While noting that China’s acquisitive ambitions often make the West nervous, Wolf concludes that the threat is overblown. That’s because the Chinese economy is built on collaborating with large […]

  • Fire Up Teams by Creating Opportunities to Learn

    Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of leading people who are creative, smart and high functioning. The challenge of leading exceptional people is… well… exceptionally challenging. They can work together in harmony and make rapid progress. Or they can compete and bring progress to a halt. One key to helping great people make rapid […]

  • If Data Is The New Oil, We Should Be Wary Of It

    Data can help us make more informed decisions, but getting too much of it without understanding it only leads to bad results. There is a new fallacy in business: Big data makes you make smarter decisions. Measuring and monitoring is one of the absolutes of leadership, and data is obviously critical in decision-making. Ann Winblad, […]

  • Why Compliance Experts Are the New Key to Mega-Deals

    Last week, Hertz (HTZ) won final approval for its Dollar Thrifty deal from the Federal Trade Commission. China-based, Shuanghui International Holdings is trying to gobble up Smithfield Foods (SFD), though the proposed deal is being examined by the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee. The merger of Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) was recently approved by shareholders. Involved in all these deals […]

  • Fracking Debate Demonstrates Renewed Energy Lawyer Demand

    The Northeast has joined Texas as a hotbed for energy lawyers, driven by our nation’s insatiable demand for energy and the lack of a coherent national energy policy. In addition, the industry is moving from a time-worn regulated monopoly model to free-market competition – complicated by climate change concerns on the one hand and the […]

  • What Do Paul Bunyan, A Pair Of Portland Songsters, and The Boston Red Socks Have In Common? They All Want You To Enroll In Health Insurance Exchanges.

    With state- and federally-run exchanges due to open for business in just a few days, how are states reaching out to maximize enrollments? You might be surprised. Maryland has chosen to trade on the popularity of reigning Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens, while Oregon has decided to capitalize on its image as a friendly, […]

  • Dell’s Last Stand?

    On July 18th, when Dell (DELL) shareholders vote on the offer by founder Michael Dell to take the company private for $24.4 billion, at stake is not just whether existing shareholders get their money’s worth. The outcome also will determine whether Dell gets a shot at thriving in a post-PC era. The alternative is not pretty. After Michael Dell’s […]

  • Outlook For IT Channel Leveraged Buyout Valuations Looking Up

    Conditions for leveraged buyouts in the IT channel have improved, but it would be a mistake to think we are on the brink of another heyday for debt-financed acquisitions. Private equity firms seem to be taking a far more conservative today approach than they have in previous boom times, mostly recently 2005 to 2007 — […]

  • Change Must Come To The Business Of Legal Education

    On September 6th, a week after President Obama’s comment that “… law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years,” we held a panel discussion at Brooklyn Law School to explore both the meaning and implications of this idea. President Obama’s comment was made during a tour of […]

  • Impact Economy Lesson from Rural China

    Building an impact economy at scale can help ensure that success and opportunity become the norm for children not the exception. For years now, I have worked alongside impact economy guru, Jigar Shah. We both believe that our greatest challenge—climate change—is also our greatest economic opportunity. (In fact, this is the focus of Jigar’s forthcoming book, Creating […]