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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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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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Penn retirees

Many Penn alumni attending reunions are retirees. Break out sessions directed at retirees would be welcome including investment diversification appropriate for retirees.

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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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Pricing

Effective pricing of digital products and "paid content"

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Future of the Investment Management Industry

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.

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MBAs for tough times

We have probably entered a period of slower growth,deleveraging and tough markets which may last for several years; how should business training change to prepare young talent for times like these?

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HARNESSING HUMAN ENERGY

In Nature there is a simple predictive tool that can enhance all organizational functions. It is irrational and irrefutable and is in plain sight.

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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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Staying current without drowning

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.

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Topping Out on the Salary Scale

At a certain point, even great employees reach a natural salary plateau. How do you retain them without overspending?

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