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Don't Act Your Age - Harry, Tonto, Paul and You

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 12:08 AM

At age 44, the maverick satirical filmmaker Paul Mazursky wrote and directed Harry & Tonto, chronicled an old man's unexpected late life struggle against society's selfish coercive pressures to relocate, institutionalize, and infantilize him back into a state of docile dependency. This week, 40 years later, Mazursky, at age 84,...

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Sharknado and the Tide of Activist Investors

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 2:57 PM

At last week's "Delivering Alpha" investor conference, financial sharks delighted the audience and business media with tales of conquest. While the Chinese identify 2013 as the year of the snake, for many this July may be remembered as the month of the shark. This is not just the month where...

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Bowlers for Bankers? Don't Import Failed UK Governance Cliches

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:24 PM

JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon is just the lastest to be ensnarled by the annual "separate the roles" campaign -- independent of lack of evidence these arrangements improve governance. Media pundits often refer to "the silly season" when critiquing the overblown electioneering rhetoric that accompanies the falling leaves every other autumn....

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Putting Trust on Cruise Control at Carnival

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 7:26 PM

Historians have debated for 2,000 years whether ancient Roman emperor Nero really merrily dressed in costume and played his lyre while his city burned. There is no dispute, however, how modern-day cruise emperor, Carnival CEO Micky Arison, showed his Valentine's Day disdain for his constituents this past Thursday....

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Courage and Cowardice When Crowds and Congress Fail Us

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 6:21 PM

Beware of the media cynicism about groups such as the recent apathetic subway passengers on a platform mishap, or the stalled-out U.S. Congress. Crowds can act with courage to do the right thing when properly inspired. In this age of liberated or "empowered," "self-directed work teams" and the rational seeking...

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The Next Steve Jobs

(35) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 1:28 PM

In the life stage of monarchies, the palace crier proclaims "Long Live the King" followed by "The King is dead" and then "Long Live the King." As Apple rallies around the leadership team which survives the death of founder Steve Job, customers, media, and investors wondered how Tim Cook, the...

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