...on human nature and the market, including a call for restraint on mindless regulation...
Have you ever overheard a small debate between children related to #economics? Some at theMarketSoul (c)1999 -2013 find themselves in Spain this weekend, relaxing with family and the following conversation between young siblings are worth repeating. In some bizarre way, it relates to labour economics and the minimum wage: We had just observed a single horse … Continue reading Pony ponderings…
Let Collaboration trump the three Destructive "D" words in organisational life...
Small gestures and the symbolism behind them mean a lot in interactions
Cost control and the Inverse Relationship with the (Learning) Experience Curve
Understanding the collaborative mind-set of the future
We have been following the G20 'get those naughty multinationals in the tax tent' debates raging for a few months now, with amusement we have to add; here at theMarketSoul and have the following short thought piece to contribute to the debate. We know the 'outrage' really is all about the what the OECD calls … Continue reading An Ownership Revolution is required
...picking our way through Opportunity Cost and choice...
Do we understand the Kuznets swing?
It is political party conference season in the UK. The last of the major three party’s conferences kicked-off yesterday, namely the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. However, we want to focus on a little snippet from last week’s Labour Party conference. In the Labour Party leader’s (Ed Miliband) speech, he attacked ‘neoliberalism’, which in itself … Continue reading ‘Biological’ Language
As if last week’s (week ending 23 September 2011) turbulence on the world’s stock markets wasn’t enough of an emotional rollercoaster for millions of market participant’s, we will offer only one bit of reflection this morning on the market conditions. Remember, the markets live, breath and die by the age old human conditions (seven deadly … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins of the Market
In the previous article we posted, mention was made of the (0.72)% [negative 0.72%] real return US Treasury investors can currently expect on 5 Year Treasury Bills. The Nominal (quoted) Yield Curves and Real (Inflation adjusted) Yield Curves for two specific points in time, namely Friday 29 July 2011 and 30 July 2006 are listed below. Yield … Continue reading The US Treasury Yield Curves #2 – Do you factor inflation into the deal?
Never resist the temptation to start a discussion with a pun. In our previous article we highlighted the ‘battle royal’ on Capitol Hill to get a proposal agreed to address the possibility of a US Treasury default, whether actual or technical on or after 2 August 2011. So the Republicans could not muster together enough … Continue reading A Storm in a ‘Tea’ cup
Below is an extract from a posting we made back in 2008. Maybe still relevant today: In this new, new world of work What titles are there yet to lurk? The new MD He or she or it could be: Maverick Director; Not your average reflector! The IM is the person Where intuition is the … Continue reading Funky New Job Titles
[Economics in a Nutshell] An Introduction There is a conundrum here somewhere! As a libertarian leaning Think Tank organization and publication, we instinctively know that more government interference in the economy and bigger government per se is not a good thing. And so is sovereign debt and the servicing of that debt. Both are … Continue reading The Elusive “G” Factor – Part 1
This discussion is a little bit of background behind the concept of ‘The Boardroom Incubator’. We currently work mostly around Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. The university and some of the colleges in Cambridge have start-up incubation hubs in and around the city. These incubation hubs are spin-offs from ideas and innovation created in the laboratories of … Continue reading The Boardroom Incubator – The Idea explained
We have just created a new group on LinkedIn, namely ‘The Boardroom Incubator’. The Boardroom Incubator is aimed at encouraging and developing women to become business leaders and board members in either listed and non listed organisations. Our aim is to create a ‘risk-free’ educational, training and development resource for women aspiring to gain their … Continue reading The Boardroom Incubator
“Don’t waste a good crisis” – not entirely sure who first uttered these immortal words, although a Google search on initial analysis seems to attribute it (or some very similar words) to Rahm Emmanuel, the current Chief of Staff of the White House, part of the Barack Obama administration. The actual phrase might be attributed … Continue reading Collaborative nano and micro business ventures
Chance and spontaneity are two interesting phenomenon required for innovation and creativity. We were reminded of this in an interview recorded of a LinkedIn executive recently*. He stated that chance encounters are "where we make some of our most significant connections", be it your life partner, business associates, etc. and that speeding up those chance … Continue reading Random Collisions of Chance
Introduction Cost cutting has been a priority in the private sector, ever since the financial credit quake started in 2008, yet the words currently are ‘austerity measures’ and budget cuts in the public sector. Most of the cost cutting in organisations has been along the tactical and operational lines and we believe that in the … Continue reading Risk-Based Change Management