Can Business Learn from the Military?

“All effective leaders are effective leader developers,” says Bernard Banks, retired Brigadier General of the US Army and now X at Kellogg School of Management. Banks noted that upon leaving military service after a 25-year career, he saw a disconnect between the military and the business world in the way they cultivated leaders. In business, developing leaders internally was a “perk” and not a strategic part of a long-term business plan. Additionally, companies did not invest appropriately in training future executives—or at planning for the future.

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What is Well-being?
"Who doesn't want to have less stress, more flexibility, a more human approach to dealing with the demands of work and life?"
This is the question posed by Jennifer Fisher, National Managing
Director of Well-being at Deloitte, in a recent LinkedIn post. Wellbeing is tied to inclusion, Fisher asserts, which is why Deloitte views its Empowered Well-being approach as a key component of the company's inclusive culture.
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Millennials and a shift in buying behavior

According to Deloitte's Perspectives report 'Investment Management Outlook 2017,' one major trend likely to impact our industry in the coming year is "a shift in buyer behavior as the Millennial generation becomes a greater force in the investing marketplace." If investment management firms want to drive growth, they must address the needs of Millennials.
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Trust has become a high priority

Trust has become a high priority

Trust.. it's a high priority issue these days. Since the financial crisis of 2008, trust has catapulted into the limelight and the impact on CEOs has been significant. Below, a few intriguing takeaways on the issue from PwC's recently released 20th CEO Survey:
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Is the Future Economy the Circular Economy?

image by Jack Moreh

Humans create a lot of waste. Over the last century, as technology has provided us with machines to make our lives easier and many products for daily living have become affordable — we are throwing more and more “stuff” away. Looked at from an economics perspective, our economy functions on a linear basis — make, take, dispose. Apple makes a new iPhone? We get rid of our old one. Dishwasher breaks? A quick phone call and someone takes the old one away and a new one appears in its place. Clearly, this is a disastrous mindset for the long term. There is only so much space on the planet and these products made of steel and plastic do not decompose. Fortunately, there are innovative thinkers who are doing more than touting the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra. They believe an overhaul of the way our economy functions can still provide us with the technology we want while maintaining the health of the environment and increase economic growth. Enter the “circular economy.” Continue reading