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Cheaters Promoted to Top Jobs

Cheaters Promoted To Top Jobs
Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators …. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s chief...
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Lessons Learned From The California Drought

Lessons Learned From the Caifornia Drought
California captures enough water each year to meet all its needs if it operates efficiently — a big if. … “There’s learning, information sharing, creativity, and discovery.” The drought is speeding up the process. “What causes change more than anything is crisis,” Thomas Howard, executive...
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Lesson Learned From Investing Contrarians

Lessons Learned From Investing Contrarians
True contrarians make a point of investing differently from everybody else. Rather than accept the consensus opinion, true contrarians ask questions and seek out factors others are ignoring …. Note that this is a different behavior than what is often the stereotype of contrarian investing...
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Why Top Management Approval Is Not Enough

Why Top Management Approval Is Not Enough
“It’s naive to think that three presidents and three U.S. military services would have spent so many billions of dollars on a program that doesn’t work, “ [Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute who has worked as a consultant for Lockheed] said....
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We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning

We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning
“You have to find a way to learn from winning,” said Brad Frost, women’s hockey coach at Minnesota.”It’s a lot easier to lose and learn.”  Frost’s team racked up victory after victory in 2013.  Without any losses to reflect on, though, Frost decided to rethink...
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Is Negativity Really Awesome?

Is Negativity Really Awesome
Last March, Rocky King, executive director of Oregon’s health insurance exchange, predicted that Cover Oregon was about to become the pride of the state. “This is an incredible project” he told … a local health-care news site. … “The state of Oregon is leading the...
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Boy, Are You Behind The Times

Boy Are You Behind The Times
IT used to be sold to CIOs.  Now an employee adopts a piece of software and pushes his company to do the same. An Expense App to Hook Road Warriors, Bloomberg Businessweek, Dec 15, 2014. I had found a program called “Packrat” which was a...
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I Always Explained Why I Needed To Do It

I Always Explained Why I Needed To Do It
In my case, in 1999 I arrived in Japan and had to face the turnaround of Nissan.  The fact that I wasn’t Japanese and was a newcomer to the industry helped me.  People knew I wasn’t involved in the industry’s past.  I dismantled keiretsu [interlinked...
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