Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.

—Winston Churchill

Organizational Woes and Wishes

1-1.Staying in Business Versus Getting Ahead

The global financial crisis (GFC) of late 2008 made us all very aware of the damage to businesses and economies that a few reckless, overly optimistic, and—according to many—very irresponsible people can cause. Even today, economies are still struggling to recover while many businesses have simply disappeared, leaving a degree of carnage behind. There is still some debate on just how successful initiatives from the era of government stimulus were in terms of improving local economic well-being.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the next decade ...

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