how is the current crisis in Europe and the US will play out over the next 5 years
Is it too utopian to suggest there's merit in a business plan or a non-profit pursuing a good housekeeping seal of approval-like business for consumer-oriented finance vendors (banks, credit cards, mortgages, etc). The seal being an indication that finance products are clear and easy to understand.
Second idea - can we create a nation wide financial literacy volunteer program? Occupy Wall Street has highlighted some of the gaps in understanding of basic tenets of finance? i.e., How a loan works, What is a loan, Why a budget is important
Historically sound, low risk countries are more unstable than at any time in modern history. How will this lack of stability impact businesses? What are the risks to manage? What are the opportunities it may actually create? What are the lessons to learn?
How to achieve the triple airm in healthcare: higher quality, lower cost, better satisfaction with process. How to get more Americans covered or otherwise protected from health care catastrophes--medical and financial.
Figuring out what to do is easy. Doing it is hard. Is there some science that can be brought to bear on implementing innovation. What are best practices? What do we know about what works and doesn't?
Managing internal politics of the company. Everyone has a personal agenda and internal networks are difficult to understand in any company.
Learning how to network within the company and how to play the political game in practice to achieve what's required would be extremely useful.
With the proliferation of information bombarding us each day, how does one stay on top of things without drowning in the glut of news, tips, updates, insights and advertising bombarding us 24/7.
How to align and focus on the big picture; best practices in strategy formulation and implementation.
Is the industry in a permanent shrinking mode after 2008. What are the best ways/areas to deliver innovation and excellence. Have hedge funds run their course, or is it just a phase. Is stock picking a dying art.
A lot has been written on IQ, EQ, etc. as they relate to leadership. One new area of intelligence is spiritual intelligence. Spiritual intelligence (distinct from both spirituality and religion) is defined by Cindy Wigglesworth as "the innate human need to be connected to something larger than ourselves, something we consider to be divine or of exceptional nobility." It would be interesting to see this concept influences leadership.
Selling a professional practice or business may not always be feasible but strategic planning for suggestions and alternatives could be very helpful. Possibly even the focus of a Wharton business market resource site. In addition to the financial issues, planning for transition into retirement life styles and activities could be useful.
We all have 24/7, but some are able to squeeze more results out of their time than others. What are current best practices for managing oneself and others to achieve superior productivity?