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Monthly Archives: April 2009

It would be Twittish not to use it

In February 2009, Twitter.com, was, according to Nielsen, the fastest growing Member Community website in the world (1382% growth), and the fact that it has not generated any income since its creation in 2006 has not stopped it being one of the most talked about websites out on the web. Celebrity users include Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Coldplay and Stephen Fry, but its uses are proving much more varied. During the October 2007 California wildfires, the LA Fire Department used the technology to keep the public informed, and still does . NASA allows ‘followers’ to receive updates on the Space Shuttle missions, and other uses have included ballot access monitoring during the 2008 US presidential election, organising mass anti-government unrest in Moldova last month, or a student journalist alerting friends he had been arrested during anti-government protests in Egypt in April 2008, eventually securing his release. One of the keys to Twitter’s success is that it allows an instant access to information. Most…

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Leader dentro: Coaching e consapevolezza nel viaggio del leader

Nelle organizzazioni i veri leader si distinguono dai manager perché oltre alle competenze tecniche e gestionali padroneggiano anche l’arte sottile dell’infl uenza sulle persone. Questa risorsa, di incomparabile valore, origina dall’interno, dall’anima del leader; da dentro, appunto. I bravi leader, infatti, pongono grande cura alla loro auto-consapevolezza, e sono in primo luogo leader di sé. Per questo sanno esercitare infl uenza sugli altri. Questo libro parla del lavoro del leader, della sua faticosa e mai raggiunta ricerca della perfezione. I tre autori sono consulenti, formatori e coach, proprio di leader organizzativi che si sentono “in viaggio” e vogliono migliorarsi. Dal racconto che fanno, popolato di storie, esempi, rifl essioni e ricordi di coaching, nasce una sorta di mappa, preziosa, per orientare il passo del lettore nel fi tto reticolo di ingredienti della leadership quotidiana: dal confl itto alla creatività, dalle emozioni alla vendita, dalla bellezza all’ascolto. Marco Ghetti, Isabella Appolloni, Fabia Bergamo Leader dentro Coaching e consapevolezza nel viaggio del leader LUISS University Press pp.317…

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Verso un percorso di carriera europeo: Come superare gli stereotipi nazionali

Lo scorso marzo il quotidiano francese Les Échos ha pubblicato un breve confronto tra i percorsi di carriera di CFO francesi, tedeschi e inglesi. L'articolo sottolinea la predominanza, in Germania, di "Finanzvorstände" che sono cresciuti internamente, mentre i colleghi francesi sarebbero ancora molto legati al sistema delle Grandes Écoles, vivai dell'élite del paese, e a trascorsi nella pubblica amministrazione. In Gran Bretagna, la formazione di chartered accountant e la crescita con alcuni cambi d'azienda fortunati è invece la norma. Sembrerebbe fin troppo in linea con gli stereotipi un mondo in cui i tedeschi sono fedeli e premiati per il duro lavoro, i francesi elitari e gli anglosassoni più meritocratici. Non dovremmo invece, in un mondo globalizzato, assistere ad una convergenza delle prassi di selezione? Da quando nel 1957 l'INSEAD fu la prima università a proporre l'MBA, molti executive aggiungono al proprio nome questo acronimo. Magari evidenziando il nome della business school, visto il proliferare di corsi master che offrono poco più che un pezzo di…

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CREDIT CRUNCH

"Everyone has become increasingly obsessed with the credit crunch, which may sound rather unthreatening, like a breakfast cereal, but, if it becomes a recession, could develop into something altogether more serious. There is general consensus within the media that we are now facing a world financial meltdown, with the situation changing daily. US economists and politicians are currently debating whether Washington should acquire the banks' toxic assets for $700bn. In the first instance, Congress turned down the bill to inject $700bn into the banking system, amid popular feeling that this support of the banks was akin to being sued by a burglar who has broken into your home. The need for bank bail-outs has not gone away. Billions of taxpayers' dollars was used to give Wachovia to America's biggest bank, Citigroup. Belgium's largest bank, Fortis, was partly nationalised by the governments of Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland. Previously the US government bailed out the quaintly-named mortgage giants, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, who were teetering towards…

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Profile: Ulrich Früh

40 year-old Austrian, Ulrich Früh, is an engineer and architect, living and working in Poland. He is currently working for French real estate development group, Orco, on a luxury high-rise project called Złota 44, in Warsaw. What do you do? I develop, design, build and manage ambitious construction projects. Specifically, I am project director for Złota 44, in Warsaw. What projects have you been involved with and which are you most proud of? I’ve been working since 15, so at the age of 40, that gives me a couple of projects to choose from. It’s usually the ‘first time in my life achievements’ that remain important memories: my first major refurbishment (Vienna Castle, 1992–1993), my first major construction site abroad (Warsaw University Library 1997–2000), my first 5* high rise tower (Intercontinental Warsaw Hotel, 2000–2004). It is really the psychology of building up efficiently, motivating, teaching and guiding teams of highly specialised engineers that gives me pleasure, and sometimes pride. What are you doing at the…

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