Three Reasons Coaches Win in Business

Coaches Know Team Work Outranks PositionMost team members have positions (e.g. goalies, forwards, outfielders, and left wingers). But even so, these players are allowed the latitude to move or act outside of those positions when circumstance necessitates. The center in a basketball game will take a shot from the perimeter if he has a good…

Export Your Narrative

Nations rarely think of media as a part of their national offering.It is probably one of the more neglected exports developing nationpossess.  Instead of focusing on telling its own narratives, it relieson foreign media to do the job.  Many times that media is not exportedbecause it is not translated into English or presented in a…

Six Steps to a Better Business Atmosphere

Ambiance goes a long way to influence customers to purchase.  We are all familiar with the idea of “setting the mood.”  Try to consciously set the atmosphere for your clients and employees.  Remember that your employees’ experience at your business is as much of factor in your customers’ decision to buy as the product.  Don’t…

Management Mistakes That Kill Motivation

Nothing is more frustrating than the mistake you don’t know that you are making.  It’s frustrating, because if you knew where in the process you went wrong, you could correct it.  So you find yourself going in circles.  Here are two common mistakes managers and leaders make that throw the entire teams into flux. Partial…

Go Global With Sister Cities

Every year the US exports 2.2 Trillion dollars in goods and services.  According to the Small Business Administration, only 1 percent of US small businesses export.  That means the majority of exporters in the US are large enterprises. Frankly, international trade in goods or even services can be scary for a small business.  There are…

Marketing Missteps: “Because-I-Said-So Marketing”

Perhaps one of the largest handicaps in the marketing world is a homogeneous creative team. This is particularly true when hoping to reach diverse or dissimilar audiences. I like to call it “Because-I-Said-So Marketing,” its marketing that is so tone deaf and devoid of research that it makes the target market question not only the…

Social Media for Small Biz and Emerging Markets

As a communications professional, small businesses, minority owned enterprises and emerging markets are my fan favorites to work. I really enjoy this area, because many developing markets, small businesses and as minority owned businesses have not yet harnessed or completely understood the full value of social media, public relations and/or community relations. Many small businesses,…

East vs. West: A Clash of Civilizations

In an unusual turn of events, the European Union, led by Germany has determined to sanction Russia over unconfirmed suspicions of misconduct in mid October, 2020. The EU, guided by what has been termed a Franco-German plan, issued sanctions against the Kremlin for the suspected poisoning death of Moscow detractor, Alexei Navalny. The stunning move…

The Covid-19 Escape Hatch

Never in recent history has their been an opportunity to huge for nations to reset themselves and balance power. The Covid-19 Pandemic has helped to shift already decadent world powers and rising stars. Some nations took the opportunity to pay themselves handsomely, through clever sleight of hand by their central banks. Others, mostly developing nations…

FX in Spotlight As Ankara, Others Push Back.

For many years, Europe has relied on Turkey to help stem the tide of migrants due to its strategic geographic location. However, now the nation of 82 million people has become an item in geopolitics over the past five years, asserting itself with a new found vigor and conviction. Turkey has become a key player…

Eastern Europe in 3-Way Tug of War with EU, US and Russia

As COVID-19 payments begin disbursement throughout European Member states, the EU Commission has found renewed interest in the affairs of Eastern European states. Additionally, as the EU seeks to establish its viability, and replace the gaping hole left by the United Kingdom, greater attention is being given to those states. According to an official European…

Energy and Interests: Bulgarian Upheavals in the Balkans.

Bulgaria, has been plunged into public demonstrations against its government since July 9, 2020. Now going into its 66 week of protest, The Slavic nation, along with major Bulgarian enclaves around the world, have seen demonstrations and protests. It is believed that some are displeased with what is perceived as rampant corruption and misuse of…

Trade Wars Redux: King Cotton Always Wins

Today, the US is once again entangled in the politics and economics of cotton. The United States has announced that it is prepared to ban cotton and tomato imports from China’s Xinjiang over allegations of forced labor. The irony lies in that the world’s once largest economy, built on forced labor in cotton production, is…

Re-Orienting the Philippines

Despite the worldwide boom in Covid-19 cases in the early part of the year, the Philippines infection rate remained relatively flat. Only in recent times has the archipelago seen an increase in cases, spiking in August with over 55,000 cases. Those are still conservative numbers, even for a nation with a population of just over…

Re-Start: Waking the Lion: Africa’s Reentry into the Market

In recent years African states have begun a concerted pivot toward agriculture and renewed interest in farming and aggro-processing.  Undoubtedly, the ability for African nations to produce and process its own food—ready for consumption and export would create new opportunities, but also guard against unforeseen humanitarian disasters like Covid-19. For African states, its greatest hit…

Canary in the Cave: Italy’s Lost Lessons on Geopolitics and Economy

As Corona virus cases begin to creep upward in Italy, the country which was once the epicenter of the Eurozone’s Covid-19 cases has begun closing social centers and implementing mask mandates. The nation has been the proverbial canary in the cave for the West for years now, even in the pandemic. The nation is fighting…

Mexico Fights to Save Economic Progress

Only recently, Mexico’s infection rate has increased exponentially . Worldwide there are nearly 18 million Corona Virus cases, with some of the highest numbers in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the infection rate, the death toll has increased to the third highest in the world, eclipsing UK mortality numbers in July, according to an…

Re-Start: European Union

In the coming weeks we will review several regions and the measures they are taking to restart their economy.  We will seek to predict and analyze some of those changes in the series Restart.  In this nonconsecutive series, this week we will examine the European Union’s plans and look forward to reviewing other schemes aimed…

A New Manifest Destiny

Despite the ravages of the Corona-virus, the US trade and tech war and its challenges in Hong Kong and Taiwan, China saw positive growth in Q2 of 2020 according to a report from the Asia Times.  Even India’s economy expanded 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020 despite the prowess of the pandemic. Could…

Media Lessons from the International World

When I was new in the social media game, I assumed the more followers, likes and fans I had the better. And for a great many social media managers and companies, that is still the overall thought. It always looks good to have a wide cadre of followers and fans, seeing your “content” and your…

Serbia Test EU Resolve and International Institutions Amid Covid Spike

Greece just barred citizens from the landlocked country of Serbia following that state’s declaration of a state of emergency on July 3, 2020. The news comes on the heels of growing COVID-19 numbers in the Balkans, with Serbia currently registering 16,420 cases and 317 deaths. Ironically, Belgrade made the decision on the same day that…

Clashing Elites: Failure and Fortune Re-Imagined

The trillion dollar stimulus package that has primarily gone toward bailing out American industry, was financed by its major debt-buyers, like Japan, UK and China. The US is once again selling debt through the Federal Reserve to to stabilize the US economy, other Western nations will likely follow suit– just as bad debt was sold…

Repackaging the Developing World

Nations around the globe are mulling over how to restart and rescue flagging economies brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic. Among those seeking a solution to economic woes are the world’s “developing economies,” many that often have GDPs lower than many Western multinationals. These nations must not only determine how to solve the new…

Egypt, Libya-Local Peace Deal Under Fire

While the world waits watching COVID-19 infection rates, and worldwide protest against ethnic violence among a largely unarmed populations by America’s Rank and file sworn to serve and protect, another storm is brewing in Libya. The only African state to have at one time had zero debt and proposed a Gold-backed dinar, has been plunged…

Germany Tasked With EU Recovery Woes

Germany is slated to take the helm of the European Union’s Presidency of the Council in July. Currently at a 62 percent GDP to debt ration it has been tasked to take the helm of the beleaguered Union struggling with debt ratios at or above 100 percent. Greece, has ballooned to nearly 200 percent, and…

The Emerging Details of a Post-Covid World

This year, it was the first time history of the People’s Republic of China that a gross domestic product (GDP) target will not be set. The PRC began setting targets in 1990 when it began to “open up” greater for globalized trade. 1990 was a rocky year worldwide as the Eastern European block began to…

Breaking Bad: Pushing Back Against A Punishing Austerity

In the past, southern European countries have been punished fiscally by northern European states to preserve the fragile ecosystem of the European Union. It has meant grueling austerity measures that tested populations across Europe. Today, as Covid-19 continues its destructive path, for the first time, Southern European nations may not be punished for the fiscal…

Oil Wars, An Aftermath Ensuing

Just before the lockdown a small but powerful storm was brewing, a contest that implicated the fortunes of Saudi, Russia and the USA. Fracking created for the US a unique opportunity to be a leader in oil production as long as prices remained competitive. The fracking made importing oil less dire and put the USA…

Eating the Dream: Managing A Covid Recovery

According to the CDC the United States has registered nearly 750,000 cases and over 39,000 deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world. The state of Emergency issued by the US President sent millions of Americans into their homes to shelter in place until the virus had run its course. Even while…

Lead by Italy, Southern European States Strain EU Pact in Uncertain Times

When Italy agreed to 65 billion dollars in austerity measures prescribed by the European Union, the result had a crushing effect on the populace.  It is largely believed that financial and economic indiscretions in Europe’s southern economies contributed had to the crises. As the EU’s third largest economy, Italy was among those foremost nations being…

World News Roundup: Beyond the Headlines

In an effort to get beyond wall to wall pandemic coverage and find news that effects our world beyond case numbers, this article explores a sample of news from around the world. If you don’t see your nation, send suggestions through the contact portal. USA News US Legislatures Focus on the Offensive In Age of…

While You Were Sleeping: The Unreported News of a New World Emerging

While Americans were busy sheltering in place and panic buying toilet paper, U.S. legislatures were busy putting the finishing touches H.R. 2444 which was introduced in May 2019. While top news syndicates are busy counting the number of COVID-19 cases, The bill, also known as the Eastern European Security Act authorizes the Secretary of State…

Five African Proverbs for Balance in A Changing World

Usually, every year around this time, I like to release a list of African Proverbs that business owners can use to support their endeavors. Good solid advise to help them navigate their market and persevere through all circumstance. However, given the major changes to markets around the world, and particularly here in the USA with…

The Center Cannot Hold: Economic Aftermath

September 11, 2001. It is a day that no living American will ever forget. The crashes happened in a matter of minutes, but the reverberations from the fallout continues to this day. It was the first time it ever occurred to anyone that the United States could be toppled–that a nation of grandiose democratic ideals,…

COVID-19: Beyond Economics, Bio-Defense and Finance (Part II)

As COVID-19 continues its path throughout the world, it is clear that China has been the worst hit. According to a recent China Caixin report and various manufacturing indexes, mainland factory activity has hit a record low. Before COVID-19, China forged ahead united in the face of a vicious trade war, massive Hong Kong protests,…

Coronavirus, Costs & Chaos: Slouching Toward Bethlehem To Be Born

Among the many international issues facing the world, the Coronavirus has become a foremost cause. According to Johns Hopkins University, the first Coronavirus case emerged on December 1, 2019. The first case had no connection to the now infamous Wuhan, Hubei, China Fish Market.  Despite this, many early cases began to emanate from the Wuhan…

Uganda Pivots to Wealth Creation Amid US Kayihura Sanctions

In September of 2019, the US levied sanctions against former Ugandan Inspector General of Police.  The US Department of the treasury issued the sanction citing, “human rights abuses, corruption and bribery.” In better context, it would be the equivalent of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi levying sanctions against former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for human…

A New Independence

In April, 1775, the United State, then only 13 small colonies, embarked upon a national quest to secure independence from the United Kingdom. Despite the many years it acted as a vassal state to the Crown, the new colony sought to secure its own military and socioeconomic destiny.  That movement resulted in a years long…

Italy Fortifies Security on Economy and Migration

In August 2011, Italy agreed to 65 billion dollars in austerity measures meted out by the European Union. The reverberations of the world Financial Crises of 2008 cracked veneer of Europe’s largest socioeconomic pact. With southern European nations like Italy and Greece at the forefront of the fray, many saw major economic retraction in their…

Who Chooses the World’s Economic Winners and Losers?

A late January 2020 report by Transparency International was released, grading national corruption across the globe. The report more than rankled a few feathers despite being overshadowed by the coverage of the Wuhan Flu which hit Asia earlier this year. Nigeria was among those nations whose rankings had slipped, even under the aggressive anti-corruption policies…

Row Over ECO Currency Reveals External Controls

The latest developments coming out of Africa further solidifies the notion that the currency tides are turning. It was only a few decades ago that the U.S. Dollar and Oil/Dollar reigned supreme, despite its lack of actual intrinsic value. It is important to note, that in 1971 when former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon un-pegged…

A Cost the World Can No Longer Afford

On the first week of a new year and a new decade, one of the largest economy in the world indirectly attacked the 26th largest economy by killing one of its most beloved generals. The Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq just three days into the new year. Incidentally,…

2019 Year In Review

With just days before the new year, everyone is preparing their resolutions, taxes and end of year party plans. While we are eager to look forward, let us also learn the lessons of the past with a brief look back as we close out the year with the 2019 Year in Review: US-China Trade War…

Democratizing The News Cycle

The concept that the top news networks would be held by only a few powerful companies used to be a point of high contention for most journalists. The idea that messaging and news would be held in the hands of a powerful few is the worste nightmare of a true journalist (and quite honestly, humanity)….

African Travel Tips for Buying Local

The African Development Bank’s most recent figures on tourism indicate that 9.3 million jobs are associated with the tourism industry in Africa. Increasingly, African Americans and their cousins in the Caribbean are visiting “the Motherland” in greater numbers seeking a change of scenery. Many are seeking social and business opportunities as they book travel to…

NATO Defense Pledge May Tax Already Strained Western Budgets

While political pundits and news analysts were busy bandying about the rhetoric that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders were making small talk of the current sitting US President, many did not note the outcomes of the two-day 2019 NATO Summit. The event ran from December 3rd to the 4th in London, with major pledges…

Toolkit Essentials(finale): The Golden Rule

One of the most key aspects of a thriving nation is its economy. Beyond its ability to protect its citizens with a thriving military and sound diplomacy, nations of the future must start to focus on monetary policy as a means of both developing their nation through infrastructure, trade, domestic business, social initiatives and military…

Toolkit Essentials: Diplomatic Segue

According to international relations analysts and political theory, there are two kinds of power: Hard Power and Soft Power.  Gunships, nuclear weapons and capable standing military fall squarely under hard power, while Diplomacy lies quietly under the banner of soft Power. We would be remiss not to acknowledge that both kinds of power wield palpable…

Toolkit Essential: Human Capital Investments

In the second part of this series on the New World Economic Toolkit, we will now look at one of the most critical areas of economic and geopolitical dominance: People. Currently, the United Nations estimates that the world population reached 7 billion souls in 2019. That is a lot of people roaming the planet, and…

Toolkit Essential: Economic Defense

It was Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary who said that “Business is War.” He speaks not only from his own conception of business, but from a socio-cultural context. As information becomes more readily available we begin to see more readily how ideological difference based on culture affects how nations, groups and countries do business. What we…

Barbarians at the Gate: Course Correcting for the Future

Containment (n)/: The act, process, or means of keeping something within limits. Miriam-Webster The famous 1989 book detailing the hostile corporate takeover of RJR Nabisco, “Barbarian at the Gate,” by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, borrows its name from a classic old world euphemism. The story of corporate raiders was juxtaposed with the historic idea…

The Canary in the Cave, An International Mandate

Recently, the UN released a report by the outgoing UN Human Rights Chief suggesting there may be human rights abuses in the Chinese Xianjiang Autonomous region against ethnic Uyighurs. The report, like many other Uyighurs-focused nonprofit reports could only provide mostly anecdotal evidence. Serious allegations regarding these minorities from West/Central Asia, would seeem to require…

Building New Prosperity Havens for the World

The world may not be altogether sure why nations who have professed to be the world’s leaders of freedom and democracy are launching unprovoked aggressions violating treaties, pumping arms into impoverished nations to prolong proxy wars and doling out hundreds of sanctions worldwide. It seems nonsensical to the popular narrative of freedom and justice we…

Deterrence: The Future of Arms and Energy

In February of 2022, Russia launched a military operation in Eastern Europe. The occurrence took many in the Western world by surprise. Many worldwide were not aware of the treaties being violated and the continued growth of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) by Ukraine joining the Partnership for Peace in 1994. Then later the US…

Internal Strengthening Revisited: Economic Growth vs The Forever War

Economies worldwide are working to recover from the effects of Covid. Beyond removing barriers to individual freedoms many have seen the need to revitalize their flagging commercial trade. Even as schemes of finance and programs to create solid economic change are being formulated, it is aggravated by the continual capitulation of the Western world, through…

The Silent War Against Developing Nations

In 2022, when the US and it’s Western alies and Nato conspired to levy sanctions against Russia, a startling but important admission was indirectly made and recognized. The allied intended to use other means and tools as mechanisms of violence against not only the Russian state, but the Russian people. The result of those actions…

Resurrgence of the Global South: Resource Narratives & Parasite Nations

In June over 200 migrants, mostly from North Africa stormed the Italy/Morroco border. In an unusual and violent turn of events, border guards open fire on the group and killed over 20 souls. The truth is that for many developing countries, the real lost quest has been stability. Countless former colonies have sought to wrest…

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Inflation and Resistance in The Age of Change

It was an amazing scene, thousands had come out with lights held high with songs in support of the outgoing prime minister of Pakistan. A No-Confidence vote had forced the popular statesman and former cricket star out of office in April 2022. That nation has yet to see through even one administration to the end;…

Deterioration and Reorientation of Alliance in the Modern World

The greatest challenges in the coming weeks and years will be alliances of pertinent strength. It is perhaps the greatest underlying factor contributing to recent agitation. It was formerly believed by the framers of the old order that many developing economies would be forever developing and never able to penetrate the glass ceiling of national…

Finding the Fit: Framing Treaties & Agreements to Fit Socioeconomic Realities

A new pursuit in world treaties must be reviewed as major players vassilate or vacate influential posts. Many developing economies have not devoted enough time and energy toward creating a better internal nation. Many have been overwhelmed with trying to fit within governance frameworks that don’t fit their culture or worldview and fruitlessly defending that…

Staking A New Claim: World Institutions

As we explore the possible new systems and mechanisms available to advance the new world; it’s important to remember the world has ordered itself many times.  Often this ordering signals the changing of an old guard for a newer more efficient system. This change must occur as surely as any other and history teaches us…

International Buffer Zones: Exploring Dual Financial Systems

Two men walk into a bank. One leaves with a neat paper envelop with 10 bills while another leaves his bank with a gigantic brown paper sack of bills cuffed under his arm. They both took out the same value equivalent. The difference is that the FOREX decided whose money is worth more. A definitive…