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In American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA, Ed Whitacre reveals how he was able to bring both businesses back from the brink, and what other leaders can learn from the ordeal.  Read more


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At FABTECH 2013, taking place now in Chicago, ThomasNet News interviews Scott Kartvedt of Afterburner Inc. about Flawless Execution, a leadership strategy based on principles derived from military discipline and organization that he teaches clients.  Read more


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Apprentice programs can help mitigate the effects of the the nation’s skills gap and move the country ahead of global competition, says Siemens CEO and President Eric Spiegel.
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Corporate leaders, human resource strategists and policy experts will join the inaugural Close It Summit today in Washington to discuss training strategies designed to prepare the nation’s workforce with the skills needed to drive businesses ahead of the global competition.
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At the Women in Manufacturing Summit in Dearborn Mich., Diana Perreiah, the vice president of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems business, gave this exclusive interview with ThomasNet News about the company’s advanced manufacturing efforts and honed in on the company’s desire to attract and retain more women in the workforce.  Read more


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At the Women in Manufacturing Summit in Dearborn, Mich. Sherry Welsh, leadership business coach and the founder of Blue Sky Transformations, gave ThomasNet News an exclusive interview about exercises for women to help them interact with others in the workplace. Read more


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In The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, renowned historian Niall Ferguson offers a provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future.

What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions — the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail—are degenerating.

Representative government, the free market, the rule of law, and civil society — these are the four pillars of West European and North American societies. It was these institutions, rather than any geographical or climatic advantages, that set the West on the path to global dominance beginning around 1500. In our time, however, these institutions have deteriorated in disturbing ways. Our democracies have broken the contract between the generations by heaping IOUs on our children and grandchildren. Our markets are hindered by over-complex regulations that debilitate the political and economic processes they were created to support; the rule of law has become the rule of lawyers. And civil society has degenerated into uncivil society, where we lazily expect all of our problems to be solved by the state.

It is institutional degeneration, in other words, that lies behind economic stagnation and the geopolitical decline that comes with it. With characteristic verve and historical insight, Ferguson analyzes not only the causes of this stagnation but also its profound consequences.

The Great Degeneration is an incisive indictment of an era of negligence and complacency. While the Arab world struggles to adopt democracy and China struggles to move from economic liberalization to the rule of law, our society is squandering the institutional inheritance of centuries. To arrest the breakdown of our civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.


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