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The integrated health care organization

How do you bring the integrated health care organization into being, tying in care delivery (what you're doing immediately) with your dept. of epidemiology (telling you what's going on around you) with health services evaluation and research (in essence, your quality control and product development), then paid for with tax and private financing (but increasingly becoming pre-paid budgeting), and all of it to be managed with a focus on accountability? It's more than a quantum leap from what we have now, but can we achieve it?

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Getting new clients and more business from existing ones

I tip my hat to the natural born sellers. I scratch my head on how to become one. Somewhere between a full-blown marketing program and doing nothing is a Cheat Sheet for the rest of us. I define the challenge as follows: Create a 5-page PDF guide to achieving 20% (±) growth for small business owners who are more SMEs than entrepreneurs.

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Getting Funded

How does one navigate the fickle and often black box world of venture capital? Especially now as early stage consumer deals are getting funded relatively quickly by angels and corporate VCs are playing an ever bigger role, how should an entrepreneur think through the fundraising process and approach it smartly, methodically, and efficiently.

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Corporate Governance Revisited

Arguably, the recent financial crisis was fundamentally the result of a collossal failure of corporate governance, particularly amongst the investment banks, asset managers, mortgage lenders, bond insurers and credit rating agencies that facilitated the proliferation of easy credit and toxic debt securities. Notwithstanding the lessons learned from recent corporate scandals involving Enron and WorldCom and the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley, the state of corporate governance today leaves much to be desired. What more can be done to force companies to further advance shareholder rights, improve financial transparency, enhance Board effectiveness, and remove the perverse incentives caused by executive compensation structures and the focus on quarterly results?

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Navigating the financial regulations maze

Regulators' efforts to de-risk the financial industry, while being well intended. have generated confusion in the market place by the sheer number and complexity of rules proposed.

What new regulations have been set in place up to now and what can be expected in the near future?

What will the financial industry of 2015 look like?

How successful at de-risking the industry will these rules be?

Are they creating new danger points? (Such as risk concentration in clearing houses)

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