BOG BLOG : 4 – 18 JANUARY 2013


AOM Conference GIBS 2013

Busting leadership myths

The bottom line is that people matter, and but for people, organizations don’t exist. It’s important to remember that a manager exists when the company says so, but that said manager only really becomes a leader when their team says so. As a leader you have only two choices when it comes to your people –  serve them and care for them. Sometimes this means working through challenging scenarios and situations. If as a leader you’re not up to this task, then you should rethink your decision to lead

Are we ready for the ‘mansumer‘?

Because more dads were buying the toys during the recent holiday season, Barbie sets got a makeover, according to a New York Times piece. Barbie construction sets were being sold for the first time ever, with the idea that dads would be more likely to play by way of helping to build Barbie’s luxury mansion. Of course, dads would be more inclined to buy such products, as well, even if they are still draped in pink.

Best business books  2012

Development assistance overwhelmed by remittance flows  –  WB Migration and Development Brief 19

According to a new World Bank report, officially recorded remittance flows to developing countries are estimated to reach $406 billion in 2012, a growth of 6.5% over the previous year. The top recipients of migrant remittances in 2012 are India ($70 billion), China ($66 billion), the Philippines ($24 billion), Mexico ($24 billion), and Nigeria ($21 billion). These flows are expected to rise 8% in 2013 and 10% in 2014 to reach $534 billion in 2015. The size of remittance flows to developing countries is now more than three times that of official development assistance.

Broadband China  –  report

Extrapolating a bit, China likely had about 565 million Internet users at the end of 2012. To reach its own projections, the country would need to add 135 million netizens over the next three years, or about 11 million per quarter. It’s a fairly realistic goal, given that it has been growing at a similar rate. With Chinese citizens increasingly turning to mobile Internet as their preferred connectivity, Internet penetration may be poised to ramp up even more quickly than expected. The country already has more than 1 billion mobile phone subscribers, and many of those are jumping on to the data wagon. Domestic carriers already report more than 200 million 3G data users on their networks, and improved smartphone penetration and the eventual arrival of 4G should continue to spur adoption.

The Futurist Outlook 2013                        

Excerpt from the Editorial    –                   –        BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Many recently lost jobs may never come back, but there’s still a future for work. The economy may become increasingly jobless. Rather than worry about unemployment, tomorrow’s workers will focus on developing a variety of skills that could keep them working productively and continuously, whether they have jobs or not. It’ll be about finding out what other people need done, and doing it. —James H. Lee, “Hard at Work in the Jobless Future,” Mar-Apr 2012, pp. 32-33

Corporate reputation ratings will be even more transparent with augmented reality. In a “Rateocracy,” where organizations’ reputations are quantified, data could be included in geographically based information systems. You might choose one restaurant over another when your mobile augmented-reality app flashes warnings about health-department citations or poor customer reviews. —Robert Moran, “‘Rateocracy’ and Corporate Reputation,” World Trends & Forecasts, May-June 2012, p. 12

Virtual games could accelerate real economic growth. Games played on mobile devices are increasingly enticing players with discounts, coupons, and other real-world rewards. As players use their phones to pay for the games and make purchases, bypassing credit cards, bank accounts, and cash, the so-called virtual economy could grow from $3 billion in 2009 to $300 billion in the next 10 years, predicts Kiip co-founder Brian Wong. —World Trends & Forecasts, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 6

Money and even cash will still exist by 2100. Money will increasingly move to digital forms for legitimate transactions, but cash will still be the lifeblood of the black-market economy. Society will likely embrace barter, at least at the peer-to-peer level, but public services such as defense and justice will still be supported via taxes. —Stephen Aguilar-Millan, “Will We Still Have Money in 2100?” Sep-Oct 2012, p. 43

India will become a hotbed of “invisible innovation.” Rather than focusing on tangible consumer products like the iPad, innovators in India emphasize processes that improve efficiency. Future success will depend on modernizing the nation’s university system as well as its intellectual property laws. —Nirmalya Kumar and Phanish Puranam, authors of India Inside, reviewed by Rick Docksai, May-June 2012, p. 54                                     continues . . .

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but will not fly.

** Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931) Lebanese-American Poet Philosopher & Artist*


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