What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

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Emerging Markets

I would like to hear from some of our faculty and alumni about how successful companies expand into emerging markets, like India, China and others.

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Practical plans for early retirement

What are the best strategies, tracks, mindsets/role-models to acccomplish it?

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Committing to ethics

Ethics and trust are the foundation of authentic leadership. How do we promote this key value across the enterprise and find future leaders that embody this important behavior.

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Zen Capitalism

How to structure a sustainable business that enables a satisfying and sustainable life

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Food scarcity

Supermarkets and restaurants (particularly in urbanized areas in the US) waste anywhere from 25-40% of the food they purchase even though much of that is still fresh and good. A TV show on Food network called "The Big Waste" looks at this issue. Finding a way to create a secondary market for such food that is efficienct enough to re-capture this "waste" would be tremendous.

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Luxury brand management / Marketing

Effective marketing tools and brand management for luxury goods and services

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How to evolve communication behavior throughout a company

Most communication in my (highly successful) company occurs in 1) poorly organized meetings, 2) e-mail threads that often over- and under-include participants before ending up being posted nowhere beyond people's Inboxes, and 3) one-off conversations, the contents of which don't get circulated.

 

The new wave of social networking sites like Google + and Ning, communication tools like IM and Twitter, wiki technology, and daily stand-up meetings are only starting to change how teams work, and generally from the younger employees who hold less power.

 

Getting the older leaders to understand the benefits of these changes - and to act on them - would be critical to improving our effectiveness in the future.

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The everlasting crisis and its impact on EU

In Europe, we are living challenging times and seem not to see the end. Greece has "gone down", as may Italy, and other countries. As a global world, what happens in Europe impacts the rest of the world. To what extent? What are potential solutions? How can businesses and entrepreneurs survive in these times?

Also related... the 99% or indignado movements that are now global... will they make a change? Are banks reacting? How is this all shaping banks, crisis, and the idea that things can no longer go as they have before.

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Negotiating Negotiation

How to develop negotiation skills, with sensitivity to gender and cultural issues, as well as industry norms.

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Public education in the US: more English, Math, Science

As a college professor, a consistent problem is the poor preparation of students in the areas of English (communication skills), math, and science. The vast majority of students attend public schools. Before you even consider many other challenges, you need to build a solid foundation.

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Investing in Europe - lost cause or major opportunity?

With Eurozone undergoing a major crisis and European companies struggling to find competitive niches vs Asian competitors, should a smart investor look elsewhere or keep faith that Europe will find its way? This discussion should include both public and private equity investors, but also debt providers.

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New to the Start-Up

Shifting from leadership in a large enterprise to a start-up leadership role--how to be both nimble and effective with a small staff

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