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Podcast #16: Industry Briefing on Chocolates

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From Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie- “Globally the size of the chocolate industry is about $15.5 billion, according to IBIS World. It has already reached the mature stage of its product lifecycle. This means that the industry faces fierce competition, sees a lot of a lot of mergers and acquisitions, and has new entrants coming in. Furthermore, a few companies, many of which have operated since the early 20th century, dominate the industry with their well-established brands and products. “

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Podcast # 15: Creating Wealth

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From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie: “There are so many specific activities that one can choose to pursue to create wealth. Whichever activities one chooses to get into, one must pour in serious energy, commitment, discipline and patience to make it work. I think these values that make persons successful in reaching their economic goals make up the high principle of wealth creation.”

 

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 12, 2015: “Can the World Run on Renewable Energy?”

From Knowledge@Wharton – ” Virtually all the experts agree that the transition to a clean energy economy will be difficult. Carl Pope, the former executive director of the Sierra Club, points out that if clean energy investments result in a 5% reduction in global fossil fuel demand, the law of supply and demand would result in a sharp 25% to 30% drop in fossil fuel prices, increasing non-renewables’ appeal to consumers. Robert Giegengack, professor emeritus of earth and environmental science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, agrees the transition won’t be easy, ‘but it is inevitable.’ Moving to renewables could take as long as 100 years, Esty said. Eric Orts, the director of Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, also sees a fairly hard road ahead, but it’s an achievable goal. ‘I don’t think it’s an easy transition at all,’ he said. ‘But I do think it’s possible, and we definitely need to move in that direction.'”

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Podcast #14: Leadership and the Realities of Decision Making

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From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie – A leader’s job is to make tough decisions. CEOs of large organizations spend their day thinking about and making decisions that affect the future of the organization. From the outside, they appear calm and confident in the decisions they make. However, as leaders know from experience, making the right decisions can be elusive and much more difficult from what it seems.

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Podcast # 13: How to lead when you’re not the boss

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From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie – “When unexpected things happen, leaders may find themselves in a situation where it is difficult to break custom and go out of their way to deal with issues. In the meantime, the organization needs to urgently address these unexpected things; otherwise, the organization may stall and not move forward to the direction that it should go. Under these circumstances, someone needs to fill in the void of leadership. Now – the person who steps up, owns the problem, and takes charge of the situation is one who exercises leadership regardless of the formal title.”

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Podcast # 12: What makes a succcesful retail store?

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From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie – There are many elements that make a retail store, or an online store, successful. For most shoppers, the “wow experience” lies in the retailer’s “big idea.”

 

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Fresh Pick of the Day. March 18, 2015: “The Biggest Business Comebacks Of The Past 20 Years”

From Fast Company- The companies that overcame hard times are Apple, General Motors, Marvel,  Delta, Starbucks, Old Spice, J Crew, CBS, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Nintendo, Converse, Netflix, Disney Animation,  Burberry, Lego, Target, Lacoste, Lower Manhattan and Bacon….

 

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Fresh Pick of the Day, March 17, 2015: “ASEAN on the Rise” from Knowledge@Wharton

From Knowledge@Wharton – “With 610 million people, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is less than half the size of China’s market, but the region’s quicklygrowing — and relatively big spending — middle class has become increasingly attractive to multinationals and foreign investors. The ASEAN bloc — which includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — is nudging Chinese manufacturers aside as China’s labor force begins to shrink and wages rise. Moreover, the planned launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 is likely to help sustain rapid economic growth in the medium term, analysts say.”

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