Carol Sanford


Entries from January 2011

Egypt Explained: Fueled By a Basic Human Drive

January 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

What is driving protest in Cairo? The Egyptian uprising has many causes, but I’m not talking about the usual assumptions. Certainly it is about a lack of freedom to choose one’s leader. And about brutality at the hands of a military that should be protecting its own people. And a lack of jobs that forces […]

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State of the Union: Build, Not Buy Talent

January 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Even before President Obama offered the annual State of the Union address this week many journalists had already dissected and responded to it from pre-issued copies. David Brooks of the New York Times gave a very interesting set of suggestions to Obama in the frame of a visionary guide to economic development and competitiveness. I would […]

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President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address and The Responsible Business

January 20th, 2011 · No Comments

In a joint press release Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner announced that Congressional leaders will mark the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration with a tribute today at noon. Reading this note and hearing President Kennedy’s address on NPR reminded me of what was without doubt the most memorable moment in that […]

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Founder Transition: Steve Jobs, Apple and Other Hard Handoffs

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Steve Jobs has taken a leave from Apple for his health. New York Times Story today by Miguel Helft and Clair Cain Miller lays out some details: “The sudden decision by the company’s chief executive to take a medical leave for the third time in less than a decade raises anxieties about the leadership of the […]

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Definitely The Next Adam Smith: Economic Recovery Is Not Enough

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

I have read every posting on Umair Haque’s blog for about six months now. That is rare for me. Even though I am a loyal person, this is not about loyalty but about deep meaning, innovation and practicality in the business sphere.  Those three qualities are rarely found in the same mind, and it’s especially […]

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Gulf Spill Report: No one is Responsible

January 12th, 2011 · No Comments

John Broder’s story in yesterday’s New York Times, “Blunders Abounded Before Gulf Spill”,  reports on the analysis seeking where to lay the blame for the spill. And it is clear the failure is systemic. The Lead-in: “The Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable accident caused by a […]

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Why I Believe in Capitalism

January 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gregory Zuckerman, Wall Street Journal special reporter, and author of The Greatest Trade Ever, just tweeted: “Spoke re my book at Peking University, great questions-Everyone’s a capitalist today in the East, even as capitalism is disparaged in West” @GZuckerman Zuckerman’s tweet, reminded me about why I still believe in capitalism even knowing it needs a […]

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Microlending failures: How to ensure success and ethical practice.

January 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The New York Times reports that, “Micro lending is losing its halo in many countries”. It was the darling of the economic development world and its greatest advocate won a Nobel Prize.  The idea is excellent and is still working in many places. But there are two challenges that are often not taking into account […]

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States Limiting Power of Labor Unions Promises to Backfire

January 4th, 2011 · No Comments

The New York Times, Steven Greenhouse reports: “Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics.” The story: “State officials from both parties are wrestling with […]

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