Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Arc of a Perfect Circle

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"The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle." – Nicolaus Copernicus

Friday, April 12, 2024

CPGs Need to Rewrite Their Growth Playbooks in 2024

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Bain & Company’s first annual Consumer Products Report, which hopes to assist the industry in formulating a new playbook for the months ahead. Bain surveyed more than 120 senior consumer products executives around the world on their experience in 2023 and their strategic priorities this year.

In this report, we [Bain] first examine how 2023 has left the industry at a crossroads, then explore the connection between profitable growth and positive stakeholder impact. We [Bain] conclude by looking ahead to the most pressing issues that will shape CPGs’ strategic agendas in 2024 and beyond.

The consumer products sector has enjoyed another year of tremendous growth, but there are telling signs that CPGs need to rewrite their growth playbooks in 2024.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Artists, Activists, Scholars and Others Call for Funding for Ukraine

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In this appeal to Congress, more than 35 artists, activists, scholars and others call for funding for Ukraine. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the signatories. 

Key statement:

"If Russia breaks through, this will be our fault. And then we will understand what we have lost."

They go on to say, "Time is short and new dangers can arrive very quickly. Together we call upon Congress to do the right thing – right now. Support Ukraine."

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

AI Will Have a Huge Impact On Global Business This Year

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According to CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon, he believes artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on global business this year.  He knows its influence will be significant.

“We are completely convinced the consequences will be extraordinary and possibly as transformational as some of the major technological inventions of the past several hundred years: Think the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, computing and the Internet, among others,” the JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO wrote in the [annual shareholder] letter.

Dimon goes on to say, "Over time ... we anticipate that our use of AI has the potential to augment virtually every job, as well as impact our workforce composition. It may reduce certain job categories or roles, but it may create others as well.”

Full shareholder letter can be found here.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Top Global Executive Search Firms

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From Korn Ferry International to Russell Reynolds to DHR International, here's a list of the top global executive search firms that assist clients in acquiring leadership talent through outstanding research capabilities, through assessment technology, reference checking and access to a global talent pool.

Monday, April 08, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Surprising Facts About the Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Only Love Can Truly Save the World

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“Now I know, that only love can truly save the world.  So I stay, I fight, and I give, for the world I know can be.” – Diana, Wonder Woman movie 

Friday, April 05, 2024

The Never Ending Job Interview

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No matter where you are located in the world, the pace of the job interview process can feel glacial now, especially compared to the hiring crisis of 2021. 

Amid the labor shortage during the Great Resignation that left managers scrambling for talent, many employers made job offers via video interviews, sometimes even on an initial screening call.

Yet as the job market has tightened, companies can now afford to take their time. Not only are many leaving candidates on the hook, but the interview process is also becoming more drawn-out, especially further up the corporate hierarchy. 

Learn more about the structural reasons for the recruitment slowdown.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Is Tesla Still the Most Valuable Car Company in the World?

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Metallurgy graduate Wang Chuanfu founded BYD in 1995.  BYD is a small Chinese company focused on producing rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries more cheaply than Japanese competitors. Nearly 30 years later, the Shenzhen-based firm has become the world’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs), even surpassing American giant Tesla (TSLA) in global sales of pure-play electric cars in the last quarter of 2023. 

But the two companies are still running neck and neck, with Tesla regaining its crown in the first quarter of 2024. 

Here’s how they compare, in four charts.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

A Strong Earthquake Strikes SSW of Hualien, Taiwan, Sparking Tsunami Warnings

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A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off Taiwan’s eastern coast Wednesday at 8 AM local time, according to the US Geological Survey, prompting tsunami warnings for the island and southern Japan.

The quake’s epicenter is located about 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of the city of Hualien. Tremors were felt across the island, including by CNN staff in Taipei.

Officials in Hualien county said that work and school were suspended following the earthquake. On social media, users posted images of tilted and half-collapsed buildings and landslides in the area. Authorities sent an alert to residents that they should seek cover nearby, crouch down and “stay calm.”

The quake had a depth of around 21 miles, according to the USGS. It was located about 11 miles south-southwest of Hualien City.

Earthquake hazards program.

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Run a Sustainable Global Beauty Brand with Abena Boamah-Acheampong (wegginar® 4/3/24)

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How do you run a sustainable global beauty brand?  Abena Boamah-Acheampong, who is founder and CEO of Hanahana Beauty, provides the answer by sharing 7 lessons she learned in 7 years.

Abena is the founder of Hanahana Beauty, an ethically-conscious, Black-owned skincare brand recognized for its commitment to sustainability, ethical sourcing, and empowering women. Her journey into beauty and skincare was unconventional. She went from classroom to beauty headquarters.

Formerly a teacher, Abena has grown Hanahana organically from her kitchen onto the shelves of Ulta Beauty. Known for effective, clean body care products, Hanahana stands out by paying twice the standard price for shea butter from Katariga Women’s Shea Cooperative in Ghana.  This commitment to creating consciously clean products has resonated with a global audience.

Beyond products, Hanahana fosters a vibrant community through wellness activations, education, and brand collaborations.

In this wegginar®, Abena will discuss:
  • How to prioritize your growth and your self-care
  • How no is better than nothing and the why behind it
  • How sustainable can be expensive but overcome
  • How to build a beauty brand business with intention
To learn more and to register free of charge for this inspiring and educational program, visit: https://bit.ly/3V7ybc9,

Monday, April 01, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Resources for Product Creators and Global Traders

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

  • Resources for product creators and global traders.
  • GlobalEDGE trade resources.
  • International Trade Administration trade resources.
  • Quote of the week:  "I believe in removing barriers in international trade. Part of the reason is that this creates huge markets for all of our products." – Petro Poroshenko
  • U.S. Commercial Service – trade resources.
  • Trade statistics – International Trade Centre.