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Mar 26, 2011

The Web and Our Minds: Overconnected and Shallow?

For those of us who are tired of mindless PowerPoint presentations; interruptions by iPhone and Blackberry addicts; and, all the blather on the Web,....More
Mar 19, 2011

Moon Shots and Sputnik Moments: Careful What You Wish For

Next month we’ll find references to “Moon Shots” splashed everywhere, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight. In May....More
Mar 14, 2011

Reluctant Empire and American Immaturity

America is an empire, albeit a reluctant one. I made allusions to this notion in a recent column here two months ago. Frankly, I was stunned by much....More
Mar 07, 2011

Where is Oil Headed? History Says Follow the Dollar

Lost in much of the concern about rising oil prices is the commodity's relationship to the weak U.S. Dollar. Certainly political events in the Middle....More
Mar 01, 2011

China's Hard Landing

If they are to be believed, the ruling Communist Party of China has said it wants to slow down growth. Clearly, rising inflation has something to do....More
Feb 22, 2011

Fat Cats and the "Crisis" of the Day

The front page of today's Wall Street Journal punched me in the face. It read "Fat Pets: A Growing Problem". America is in a funk to be sure....More
Feb 16, 2011

The Biggest Customer of Them All

Lost in the nauseating rhetoric about budget deficits is the fact that the U.S. government will spend nearly $1 trillion in the private sector this....More
Feb 11, 2011

The Efficiency Delusion

As businesspeople, we are told that we can be increasingly "lean" and "efficient" and- at the same time- continuously deliver "customer value" to the....More
Feb 05, 2011

A Replay of the 2008 Crisis?

In the hype-driven, 24/7 news cycle of our time, 36 months ago could as well be 36 years. We might forget that in early 2008, food and oil prices....More
Jan 30, 2011

Americans Say China Now World's Largest Economy

China now has the world's biggest economy, at least according to 47% of the U.S. adult population. In a Pew Research survey earlier this month,....More
Jan 24, 2011

The GE Way: The Best We Can Do?

President Obama’s declaration at General Electric headquarters last week that America is going to once again “build and invent stuff…like Thomas....More
Jan 19, 2011

The Myth of China's Rise and America's Fall

The visit this week of the Chinese Premiere to Washington is putting the U.S. / China relationship front and center. Media reports will state that....More
Jan 12, 2011

Naked X-Ray Machines and Pancakes

If you have flown lately, you possibly passed through one of the new "naked x-ray machines". This measure is in response to the Christmas Day plot of....More
Jan 10, 2011

Robots Save and Create Mfg Jobs

The conventional wisdom holds that robots ultimately cost the jobs of the human beings they replace, and lead to an overall decline in manufacturing....More
Jan 01, 2011

$5 a gallon gas! $9 a gallon water?

The former CEO of Shell turned some heads recently when he predicted that gas would be over $5 a gallon by 2012. Many analysts have predicted that $4....More
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