The demographic shape of things to come

Changing population ratios pose an enormous challenge to pension systems around the world. The world is relentlessly growing older – with good and bad consequences. Immigration may help rich countries prop up their pensions systems short term, but it won’t solve the problem for good Pension system reforms are near the top of the policy …

Risk-taking in a tentative world

We should not avoid taking risks just because the world suddenly seems more dangerous. On the contrary, we need to take them more than ever. But we must make a better job of deciding which risks to take, managing the consequences of those decisions and becoming resilient to the risks that we cannot control. That …

Managing corporate risk and reputation

These days a successful CEO has to operate more like a national president or foreign minister, exercising hard power and soft power in equal measure. In the 21st century, a company’s ability to stand out will be defined more by its relationships with the outside world and its image than by its quarterly numbers and …

Democracy in the Middle East

Foreign intervention has undermined democracy in the Middle East for more than a century, but Arab countries are far from devoid of a democratic tradition The bleak state of democracy in the Arab world today is the subject of widespread commentary. But neither the historical causes of this situation, nor the actual experiences of the …

Stem Cells – The forbidden cure

Stem cell research offers great hope for treating previously incurable diseases, if only governments will allow it to be undertaken Stem cell technology has sparked huge controversy. On the one hand is the hope that embryonic stem cells can be used to generate cells to replace those damaged by diseases such as Parkinson’s, diabetes and …

The quest for an AIDS vaccine

Vaccination is the best way to tackle AIDS but we must plan to ensure wide access once we find the vaccine AIDS is the greatest public health crisis of our time. More than 40 million people are now living with the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) or full-blown acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and 14,000 more …

Learning the art of leading people

True leadership is not about prestige, power or status, says Marilyn Carlson Nelson. It is about personal responsibility and personal engagement. Leading people in a fast-changing business world is no longer about command and control. It is about collaboration and community The ancients, gazing at the stars, often saw very different things. Some looked skywards …

How to get your risk profile right

We cannot avoid risk. Nor should we want to. It is a part of our daily lives. Without it, there is no reward. But what we can do is learn to understand it, manage it, benefit from it and prepare ourselves better for the inevitable, unexpected risks that come our way. Let’s explore the concept …

Fundamentalism is here to stay

Despite expectations in the 20th century that religion was on the wane, fundamentalism has emerged as a backlash to secularism  In the middle of the 20th century, it was generally assumed that secularism was the coming ideology and that religion would never again play a major role in world events. Today, religion dominates the headlines, …

How to win and keep on winning

How can companies keep outperforming their peers and competitors time after time? What makes a company perform to the very best of its potential? And what is the right mix of short-term and long-term management? Joe Forehand takes a look at the characteristics that make – and keep – companies great What makes a company …