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June 9, 2016

Don’t assume… Check!

I am a good book reader. I visit a bookstore at least once a week. I also enjoy buying all types of bookmarks and separators. I had an idea as I was preparing the details for one of my speaking assignments to be held at an international meeting in Milan, Italy. To be remembered by […]

May 26, 2016

Choosing a hospital

Before an operation I had some time ago, my doctor asked me to choose one of the possible three hospitals he used for his operations. Answering such a question is impossible if, especially like me, you don’t know much about the medical world. I didn’t even know which criteria to use for such a decision. […]

May 12, 2016

New models, old wants

An excerpt from dated Oct 24th 2015 (From the print edition): “New companies also exploit new technology, which enables them to go global without being big themselves. Startups used to face difficult choices about when to invest in large and lumpy assets such as property and computer systems. “ “Today they can expand very […]

April 21, 2016

Difficulty of first contact

You see someone in a social meeting and your inner voice tells you that you have to get acquainted with this person. I don’t know if you would prefer to silence your inner voice or go directly to this person and introduce yourself in such a situation. ☺ What I know: in order to discuss […]

March 24, 2016


I am sure quite a number of you have seen the movie. It is about the life of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (1909 – May 23, 1934), who were well-known American outlaws. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie and […]

February 25, 2016

Old problem. New solution.

During the Thanksgiving break I wanted to visit a friend of mine in another city in USA when I was studying at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The easiest -and the cheapest- option for travelling was to go to Norris University Center and look for any announcements on the big billboard for suitable rides. And […]

January 28, 2016

Opportunities don’t knock three times

“Knock Three Times” is a popular song credited to Tony Orlando and Dawn. The song was released as a single in November 1970. It is about a young man calling the girl living on the floor below: Oh, my darling, knock three times On the ceiling if you want me Twice on the pipe If […]

January 7, 2016

“I want your chair!”

This would be his second job. He wanted to change his current one after four years of employment. He was sitting on the other side of the table, facing my HR manager and me. I was one of the partners and the general manager of the company. The meeting was one of the steps in […]

December 24, 2015

A different type of resolution

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus. According to a 2011 poll, “losing weight” topped the list in the resolution-making Americans, closely followed by “exercising more,” and “quitting smoking”. A 2007 study […]

December 10, 2015

My son, I, Orson Welles & HBR Turkey

Orson Welles in his song says: “I know what it is to be young… But you, you don’t know what it is to be old.” I am sure it was a great statement at his time. Does it still hold in today’s fast changing world? Maybe he would have rewritten the lyrics if he wrote […]



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