As the COVID epidemic rounds through its second year, Gen Xers, like me, are happy to avoid airplanes. On average, compared to younger travelers, our houses are bigger (so why risk leaving?), we have kids at home to be with and care for, we have the seniority at work (so who is going to tell me I can’t work from home?). While younger Millennials are itching to escape smaller apartments for warmer beaches with friends or conferences with colleagues, we are happy to stay put.
We are told to persist … by coaches (“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi); athletes (“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan); social leaders (“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela); and political heroes (“…never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” – Winston Churchill).
Infrastructure and urban development have taken over the world. We are surrounded by synthetic, human-made materials that — although they provide reliable building blocks — are not always advocates of a sustainable environment.
The framing of the David v. Goliath story dominating business headlines this week is missing the most valuable strategic lessons GameStop’s stock surge – from $4 six months ago to about $350 per share recently (a gain of over 8000%) – offers.
When you stargaze at a clear night sky, do you ever notice any satellites? Satellites will appear like a star slowly moving across the sky and are visible to the naked eye. In the next year, spotting them may not be difficult, as hundreds of new nanosatellites will be launched by over a dozen startups. These satellites are not exactly new, but they have become exceedingly popular because of their promising capabilities to connect the world.
Is it fair that teachers earn less than bankers or that nurses earn less than CEOs? The value you get to take home may have no correlation with the value you create in the world. What if you could capture what you really deserve? What if you could turn your unique capabilities, assets, and passion into more profit or income, while still doing what you love? If you understand just a few strategic principles, you can. Here is how.
How did a 58-year-old company that began with hydroelectric power in Italy come to be one of the largest, most dynamic, and valuable energy companies driving humanity toward a sustainable energy future? The answer, as you will see, can be summed up as “proximity”: the creation of energy will move ever closer to the point of demand.
As I skim through the morning stock market brief, renewable energy seems to ceaselessly reappear as a prominent figure in comparison to fossil fuels. Noting on these trends, I ask myself if renewable energy could outplay fossil fuels, like automobiles outplayed horses?
In the midst of a climate crisis, innovators have recognized a need to shorten the proximity between energy production and energy use. Amongst these innovators are Elon Musk (Tesla), First Solar, Motech, and CropEnergies.
The ways in which we conduct day-to-day business are shifting rapidly. This is something that was already happening in recent years as a simple result of the advancement of technology. The coronavirus pandemic, however, has sped up the chances, and has led businesses all over the world to transition quickly to new work practices.