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Success and Ego – Two sides of the same coin?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


I believe there is a very thin line between success and ego.  You cross that line and you could be in big trouble. You straddle the two variables carefully and your upside has no limits. So what have I learned in life to manage both and use them to the best of my capabilities? Let’s […]

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When Will We Stop Blindly Pissing Away Money Down the R&D Rat Hole?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


Let me start by saying that I am a physicist and have been involved with many of the leading U.S. research facilities over the years — Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia Laboratories, just to name two.  I also directed the Socrates Project under the Reagan administration.  So the quick knee-jerk reaction to the title that […]

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The Activist Investor: A True Ally of Corporate Governance

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


Activist investors: Publicly listed companies fear them. Corporate governance pundits generally do not trust them. Retail investors quietly applaud them, and most laymen do not understand them. However, it is clear that in today’s complex corporate world, we need them. Activist investors may be the only players in the game that can effectively “Occupy Wall […]

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Is the Intellectual Elite Out of Touch with Reality?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


It has been a central conceit of the progressive movement since the early 1900’s that simply getting enough smart people together will cure all our problems. This is the approach of technocracy — rule by experts.  We tried it.  Wilson and his ilk “solved” the problem of world peace after WWI, Kennedy and his brain […]

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Harvard Business Review: Candid Arrogance or Just Plain Stupidity?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


A few years back, I was in Hsinchu, Taiwan, (aka “Science City”) lecturing on technology strategies to 35 vice presidents and senior executives of one of the world’s largest and most prestigious Taiwanese high tech corporations. As we began to dig deeper into the true definition of “strategy,” a member of the audience asked for […]

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