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Competitiveness

Can Serena Williams Really Teach You Anything About Business?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

Executives who want a real career, to build a real business, follow Williams's example at their peril.

The Business Model of the Future

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

The dominant myth in business is that competition drives excellence. If everyone's competing, they will work harder and produce more. But there's a problem with this argument: it is wrong.

Your Competitors Don't Matter

John Friedman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
John Friedman

When it comes to corporate responsibility, you are competing with everyone.

If You Want Competition, Stop Complaining When You Get It

Everett Ehrlich | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Everett Ehrlich

AT&T made headlines this week by announcing a new program for its mobile users called "Sponsored Data." Under this program, willing websites would pay for any charges you incurred for using their data.

The Overachiever Complex

Quincy Bulin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Teen
Quincy Bulin

I am as guilty of the "overachiever complex" as anyone: I like to do things. In fact, I like to do a lot of things. I've got a "can't stop, won't stop" mentality and I know that for my age, I've accomplished some pretty impressive things. The problem? A lot of other people have, too.

Advocates Should Focus on Our Real Competitiveness Problems

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

For the stark reality, like it or not, is that there is absolutely no chance of a real U.S. manufacturing competitiveness agenda getting enacted without at least moderate U.S. corporate support.

We the Country of Chocolate Labradors

Julie Kantor | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Jeri represents to me the heart of American spirit. I believe in our resiliency we are all Chocolate Labradors at our core.

The Half-Forgotten Student Debt Crisis

David Coates | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Higher education costs are not soaring out of control. What is changing is the politically-charged matter of who should bear the cost -- the general taxpayer or the individual student. There is a policy choice tucked away here behind the overall numbers, and a rather ugly one at that.

What Emerging Knowledge Economy?

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Let's have a discussion of college and STEM based on the facts, not on wishful thinking. If we don't, getting the policy right will be extremely difficult. But starting with facts, at least increases the odds that we might get the policy right.

My Downward Dog Is So Much Better Than Yours

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

I made an assumption that being competitive with other people drove me to be better, but in actuality it distracted me from focusing on my own process. When I compared myself to others I wasn't honoring my own path.

Our Schools Don't Add Up

Todd Buchholz | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Todd Buchholz

Churchill famously said to Franklin Roosevelt, "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job." We can't expect our children to finish the job unless we give them better tools.

Time for Secretary Kerry to Get Tough with India

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

With $60 billion in trade revenues between the two nations, it's imperative that India-U.S. trade is based on market forces, not Indian government dictates. American jobs are at stake and our long-term competitiveness hangs in the balance.

A Case for the Nordic Way

András Simonyi | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpg Why have the Nordic economies like Denmark done so well, while Southern economies continue to flounder? They are as a rule void of many of the economic, political, social issues that continue to haunt most Southern European members of the European Union.

Why the Coming Battle to Increase the Minimum Wage is High Political Ground for Democrats

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The growing profits of some of the nation's largest corporations and wealthiest people in America result from the labor of people whose work is rewarded with poverty level wages. That makes no economic sense. And it's just plan wrong.

If We Do Not Fix Immigration, Canada May Solve the Problem for Us

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

As Canada illustrates, if we choose to continue to restrict high skill immigration, other nations are more than happy to welcome those workers, with it being our loss.

America's Competitive Nature Is at Risk

John Murray | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
John Murray

The United States is losing its competitiveness in the world economy. Sadly, instead of leading the innovation charge in the twenty-first century, we are becoming victims of policies that restrict our entrepreneurial roots.

4 Ways Big Business Can Be a Keystone in Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 08.03.2013 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

To any size company out there, why not adopt your community and see how you can be a keystone in your local ecosystem of entrepreneurs? It might be just this easy and who knows what the knock on effects can be!

Too Fast, Too Slow: The Challenge of Keeping Pace in Managing Change

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

If leaders move too slowly, they lead their teams into failure, into non-competitiveness. Relevance is lost. The ability to grow is diminished. So how do we strike the balance?

The Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.

Luck as a Competitive Advantage in Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

In these turbulent times, when predictions are not always possible, having confidence in one's luck may make all the difference between taking inspired action or not acting on that opportunity or great idea after all.

Australia: Lucky Country, or Competitive Country?

Alex Malley | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Alex Malley

Over the last decade Australia has generally economically outperformed other OECD nations while maintaining a reasonable -- though debatable -- fiscal and monetary stance. But great success can breed even greater complacency, and this is the unfortunate case for Australia.

The Road to an Effective Innovation Diplomacy

Robert Hormats | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Robert Hormats

The United States is still an enormous generator of innovation, from which other nations have long benefitted. But we now also have the opportunity to benefit from innovation taking place around the world.

Competitors and Competitiveness

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Success in today's global environment clearly depends on our ability to be maximally competitive -- to excel in our ability to compete with other established and start-up organizations from all corners of the world.

Growing After the Crisis: Boosting Productivity in Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries continue to face important challenges in boosting productivity growth in the difficult post-crisis environment, but also many opportunities to eliminate poverty and create shared prosperity.

5 Things I Didn't Expect To Love About Competitive Sports For Kids

Leah Ariniello | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Leah Ariniello

There are a number of really good reasons to have a child experience this level of competitive sports -- they just may not be the reasons you'd expect.