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  • superbmomentum superbmomentum Mar 19, 2012 12:10 AM Flag

    The New "New Era"

    To view it yet in another way, there is always the risk of ill intensions. Instead of helping the team through the positive scenarios that make a company a good organization, some may simply continue with a naysaying approach and self-interest views. Insisting on selfishly analyzing for weakness, for what the downside might be – trashing businesses instead of building them. They might not adapt to the new goal. But if there is any competence these times call for, it is adaptability. Adaptability requires the flexibility to take into account multiple perspectives on a given situation. Tier-1 firms in this competence relish change and find exhilaration in innovation. They are open to new information and can let go of old assumptions, hence get a feel for how they can regulate this new forum. They can become comfortable with the anxiety that the new or unknown often brings and will be willing to take a gamble on a new way of doing things. This innovative idea offers a model of creative thinking for multinationals seeking to energize their workforce. Coming to such an original decision demands entertaining ideas that may seem too radical or risky, yet having the courage to give them a chance to voice those opinions anyway. The creative mind is, by its very nature, a bit unruly. Self control, in the sense of following the rules, will ensure a successful outcome.

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    • The Random Walk Down Wall Street author is wrong.  Investing is not about mediocre, safe decisions...investing is a means to embrace risk taking and induce excitement, oh yes, and in the process, making more money than the next guy!

      My philosophy is simple. Investing, as in life, is about the competitive advantage in the market place..It's all about performing above the median investor, not matching the performance of a passive index...Perhaps you can blindly pick a precut asset allocation strategy made up of index funds and make some money in the process.  Only problem is, your portfolio will have performed the same as your neighbor, your boss or even the pizza delivery guy!...if you're not willing to take a risk at trying to pick the right investment advice and attempt to beat the passive index, you will forever be stuck in the middle...

      Perhaps its good to view it this way: Imagine you are a spectator at a sporting event and you stand up to get a better view point.  Now if the majority stands up along with you, you will not get a better view point, you will have effectively lost your advantage...

      Or another example:  If you are at the theater and you spot smoke: will you yell fire or will you quietly head for the exit?  If you yell fire, everyone will head for the exits and you might not make it out alive!

      There are times in life when you can practice unselfish behavior, it's just that for me, risk taking is not one of them....

      Alea iacta est!

 
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