Why an Activist Hedge Fund Cares Whether Apple’s Devices Are Bad for Kids

Harvard Business

On January 6, 2017, JANA Partners , a New York–based activist hedge fund, and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) sent a letter to Apple’s board of directors that may change the future of activist investing. Citing a substantial body of expert research, the letter stated, “We believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner.”

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The Man Who Is Changing The World.

Rich Gee Group

He started the Khan Academy as a way to tutor his cousins remotely — while he was a hedge fund analyst in Boston, and they were students in New Orleans. It was clear there was a huge unmet need, so Sal left his hedge fund job and started Khan Academy with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. How To Be More Productive When You Work From Home.

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When an Activist Hedge Fund Thinks a Company’s Salaries Are Too High, Who’s Right?

Harvard Business Review

The hedge fund founded and run by billionaire Paul Singer just announced that it now owns 6.2% Attempts to branch out into new product areas (security and enterprise switching) haven’t gone well. Most activist hedge funds are simply pushing a less extreme version of the same basic idea. The activist approach is clearly good business for hedge funds; activist funds have dramatically outperformed their hedge-fund peers in recent years.

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5 Tips to Manage Your Finances Before a Recession

Strategy Driven

See the products which have cheaper alternatives, and see what you can replace. Hedge Your Income Sources. When you have multiple income sources in a recession, it helps hedge your earnings and diversifies your risk of losses from a particular source of income.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

The best strategy when facing high degrees of uncertainty is to hedge and build options for the future.”. Every dollar that goes into exploring a new space means one less dollar for making an important refinement to a new product.” T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it.

The Challenges of Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Business World

Strategy Driven

It is true that some products and services are more amenable to the online world than others. It is important for companies to rely on a variety of suppliers to hedge their risk.

The Reciprocity Advantage

Leading Blog

Uncovering you own right-of-way involves understanding that every company is really in three businesses: Product, Service, and Experience. In a VUCA World, partnerships are hedges against risk, but they will also be more attractive ways to innovate and grow scale. You will know your reciprocity advantage is ready to scale when your service or product meets three criteria—it’s desirable, viable, and ownable. G IVE TO GROW. Partner for greater value for more players.

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure

Harvard Business

People are quick to blame themselves for failure, and companies hedge against it even if they pay lip service to the noble concept of trial and error. Managing yourself Emotional intelligence Productivity Digital ArticleCaiaimage/Andy Roberts/Getty Images. A client (who I’ll call “Alex”) asked me to help him prepare to interview for a CEO role with a start-up. It was the first time he had interviewed for the C-level, and when we met, he was visibly agitated.

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Leader Isolation: 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top

RapidStart Leadership

Getting re-connected is also as a way to improve our perspective, productivity, and decision making. As Kristi Hedges, writing for Forbes suggests , just as CEOs regularly assemble teams of trusted advisers to help them make tough decisions, you can do the same thing, regardless of your current level in the organization. We are not alone… …but sometimes it can feel that way. Leadership can bring with it a sense of isolation.

5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from A Billionaire Investor: Ray Dalio

Strategy Driven

The name of hedge fund billionaire Raymond Dalio triggers emotions of adoration, admiration, and even dislike. Born in 1949, the American investor, philanthropist, and hedge fund manager is the founder, Co-Chief Investment Officer, and Co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s leading hedge funds with a more than $130 billion in assets under management. Secondly, employees are more productive when they are left to their jobs with little to no micro-management.

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How to Maintain Quality While Expanding Your Lawn Care Business

Strategy Driven

After all, with so many happy customers under your belt, there’s no reason to deprive potential new clients of your skillfully manicured lawns and pristinely trimmed hedges. When your business is successful, it’s natural to want it to grow, and that’s no different in the lawn care business.

First Impressions Define Your Success.

Rich Gee Group

Pretty soon, I’ll need hedge clippers from Black & Decker. How To Be More Productive When You Work From Home. home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 First Impressions Define Your Success. Okay, I lied. Many things define your success. But one of the more important elements of initial and continued success are the ways other people perceive us.

Sustainable Leadership and Organizations: The Ideas of Martin Seligman

Michael Lee Stallard

2 Comments so far william czander on May 31st, 2010 Happiness coaches are part of the great conspiracy that began some 20 years ago when CEO’s , hedge fund managers and bankers discovered if they outsourced jobs to China and India it would increase the bottom line and they would all get rich. I completely agree that piling more work on fewer people, smiling and being positive alone will not improve productivity in a sustainable way.

Severe Weather Threatens Businesses. It’s Time to Measure and Disclose the Risks

Harvard Business

The weather affects consumers’ behavior in terms of what products they buy, where they buy them, and in what quantity. They work like any other traditional hedging instruments except that the index on which they are settled is a weather index. Our research has focused on how businesses can manage weather-related risks, including estimating potential losses and their probability, and potentially using financial instruments to hedge against that risk.

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Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

Product and Service Portfolio: They choose products and services that leverage their distinctive capabilities, and are optimally suited to their target customers. They avoid adding markets, products, or services that require new or disparate capabilities. Coherent companies pursue a clear strategic direction (way to play), build a system of differentiating capabilities consistent with that direction, and sell products and services that thrive within that system.

What If Investors Who Held Their Shares Longer Got More Voting Power?

Harvard Business

I agree with their vision of a future in which more companies focus on the long term and become more productive for the world (their findings accord with my own work on the dangers of short-termism ). But I long for actions that go beyond admonitions to managers and boards to do better, that give both parties a better chance to stand up to capital markets players, like activist hedge funds, pressuring them to become too short-term focused.

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Human Resources in the Post Deming Era

Deming Institute

At the 1994 Ohio Quality and Productivity Forum conference, Peter Scholtes and Mary Jenkins shared their presentation, Human Resources in the Post Deming Era: Mary Jenkins: The vast majority of our time is spent discussing business strategies, product strategies and very little time, proportionately, is spent understanding the human systems and what kind of systems need to be in place to support or enable the business strategies to take place.

Guest Post: An Entrepreneur's Thoughts on Market Incentives & Foreign Aid

Mills Scofield

There is much in common between this and Dan Pollata’s arguments, which state that nonprofit leaders should be allowed to earn large salaries if it draws in productivity (or funds) that were otherwise unavailable to the social sector. One of his main tasks was to structure a hedging derivative that negated foreign exchange risks so that Microfinance institutions could take safer loans from the developed world.

Human Resources in the Post Deming Era

Deming Institute

At the 1994 Ohio Quality and Productivity Forum conference, Peter Scholtes and Mary Jenkins shared their presentation, Human Resources in the Post Deming Era: Mary Jenkins: The vast majority of our time is spent discussing business strategies, product strategies and very little time, proportionately, is spent understanding the human systems and what kind of systems need to be in place to support or enable the business strategies to take place.

The Marketing Strategy: What You REALLY Need To Know

Strategy Driven

Ask yourself, why you are selling these products? What are these products communicating to people about your business? By aligning product with business image , this is how you start to get a clearer idea of your target market, which then links into your marketing plan. There are ways to cultivate a holistic view of your business, and that is dependent on the products that you put out there. Your business thrives on how effective its marketing strategy is.

One Big Reason There’s So Little Competition Among U.S. Banks

Harvard Business

Indeed, the asset management firms engage with hundreds of companies each year to discuss matters of strategic importance, including product market strategies. Recently, authorities have taken on hedge funds, alleging they violated this regulation. Now mutual funds are on alert , because they “routinely discuss” topics with portfolio firms much like hedge funds have done. They can simply vote against the hedge fund asking for more competition.

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The Answer to Short-Termism Isn’t Asking Investors to Be Patient

Harvard Business

Turning from evidence on liquidity to evidence on short-term investors, activist hedge funds are seen as the epitome of the latter – allegedly stripping assets and piling on debt to make a quick buck. However, a decade of research finds that hedge fund activism raises firm value by 7%, with no long-term reversal. This increase in value is not through piling on debt but improving labor productivity. Productivity also improves in plants sold by hedge funds.

The #1 Office Perk? Natural Light

Harvard Business

Research by Cornell University Professor Dr. Alan Hedge reinforces the connection of natural light and employee wellbeing. Dr. Hedge’s recent research study found optimization of natural light in an office significantly improves health and wellness among workers. In fact, CEOs are starting to focus on how the workspace can lead to improved productivity. With an annual payroll of over $100 million, even a 2% increase in productivity translates to a savings of $2 million.

What You Can Learn From Black Swans, Forecasting, and Idolatry

The Idolbuster

In a similar way, I think that people in the business world should know better than to blindly follow forecasts or other business means of predicting the future, which is exactly what Professor and former hedge fund manager Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues in his book The Black Swan. Take a lower profile product or project that will bring lower stress. Chapter 9 Paint Your Environment Part 9.

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for a NAFTA Overhaul?

Harvard Business

Changes could range from adjustments to the rules of origin for product content, and more-stringent labor standards, to the extreme of withdrawal and a return to World Trade Organization most-favored-nation tariffs. Options and hedges. Leadership teams that develop strategic options and hedges for a variety of future scenarios navigate better when new developments unfold. If NAFTA is repealed, it would be easier to move a partially automated production line back to the U.S.

Why Consensus Kills Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The gist of the argument seems to be that for teams to be productive, employees have to feel “empowered&# by having an equal voice. And as odd as it may sound, one of the greatest impediments to building productive teams is practicing management by consensus. In a highly productive organization the power and influence of your voice is earned through trust and performance, and not entitlement.

Are You Accurately Measuring Your Company’s Digital Strength?

Harvard Business

Whether improving omni-channel commerce or developing digital extensions to product lines, businesses are working out how to drive profitability through digital. Our aim was to prove the link between digital strength and shareholder value, and do so in a way that passes the rigorous standards of hedge funds. A full explanation of our methodology and the rigorous process of residualization that was required of our hedge fund clients can be found here.).

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Great Leaders Make Decisions | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

It was Andy Grove the former Chairman and CEO of Intel and Time Magazine’s 1997 Man of the Year who said “You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets.

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Oil’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle May Be Over. Here’s Why

Harvard Business

In November, United States’ crude oil production exceeded 10 million barrels per day for the first time since 1970, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). shale oil and gas producers have been ramping up production to take advantage of rising crude oil prices — prices that had been rising in the wake of a deal between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia, and other non-OPEC producers to reduce oil output.

The Top 15 Shows That Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Watch

Strategy Driven

In Billions, he is taking on Axelrod, a (corrupt) hedge fun tycoon. This show is also great for getting to grips with supply chain management as well as the basics of product design. Whilst starting your own business is both exciting and fulfilling, it can also be exhausting. Never ending work hours and a lack of weekends can mean at times, all you fancy doing is sitting back, relaxing and watching your favorite box set on TV.

GM’s Stock Buyback Is Bad for America and the Company

Harvard Business Review

” But the only real wins are a victory for the hedge funds, and a Pyrrhic victory for GM in that it managed to keep Wilson off its board and reduced the size of the buyback from the $8 billion the investors had been demanding. During the bailout, financial firms, including hedge funds, were nowhere to be found. In 2013 GM produced 3 million cars in China , or 45% of its global car production; that was up from 1.1

4 Kinds of Workplaces, and How to Know Which Is Best for You

Harvard Business

But there’s more than one kind of successful organization, and there are many kinds of productive workplaces. I’ve had the opportunity, over the last two decades, to immerse myself in some of the world’s most creative, energetic, and productive workplaces, from health care to financial services, from Silicon Valley to Madison Avenue. Many investment banks and hedge funds operate this way, as do some law firms, consulting outfits, and tech titans.

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Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

Harvard Business

Rising sea levels flood Manhattan in Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 , prompting hedge fund managers and real estate investors to create a new intertidal market index. They make us more efficient and productive. At the end of the 19th century, New York City stank. One hundred fifty thousand horses ferried people and goods through the streets of Manhattan, producing 45,000 tons — tons! — of manure a month.

3 Things Driving Entrepreneurial Growth in Africa

Harvard Business

Here are three things that Western investors should want from African entrepreneurs: a focus on the top of the pyramid, control over factors of production, and innovation in distribution rather than in products. Factors of Production. Where supply of basic inputs is thin, controlling land and other factors of production is a pathway to success. Today his Nice Rice Mill processes 70% of the region’s rice production.

How the Carl Icahns of the World Benefit Firms but Not Workers

Harvard Business Review

” Both stories contain some truth, as a forthcoming study of activist hedge funds demonstrates. The early activists were pension funds, but starting in the 1990’s some hedge funds adopted the strategy. The number of companies targeted by activist hedge funds has increased dramatically since then, to more than 200 in 2013. manufacturing plants from 1994 to 2007, as well as a list of instances where hedge funds bought at least 2% of a medium- or large-sized company.

Three Ways to Succeed by Breaking Convention

Harvard Business Review

By adding the compound to a product line that was already in development, the company was able to create more buzz and profits from a new category-defying line, scented household decorative products. Several clients and potential clients noted that a critical feature was missing in our product," says a respondent from a fast-growing firm in the technology sector that released a stripped down prototype. Innovation Product development Research NPR

Does Your Company Know What to Do with All Its Data?

Harvard Business

Each presents distinct opportunities for profit and competitive advantage, from product improvements to new revenue streams to possible industry game changers. Innovate products, services, and processes. Use data to uncover hidden insights, and use those insights to create or improve products, services, and processes. Informationalize products, services and processes. Build more data into what you offer customers , so you make existing products more valuable.

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How to Figure Out What Your Side Hustle Should Be

Harvard Business

Entrepreneurship, even in the form of part-time work to complement a traditional day job, can provide a useful hedge against economic uncertainty and a way to develop new skills. That focus “is the only way that you can build a solid base and then conquer other traffic channels or other products,” he says. Yenpitsu Nemoto/Getty Images. A staggering 55 million people — more than 35% of the U.S.

How to Overcome the Midday Slump

Harvard Business Review

“It’s just not realistic to expect ourselves to be on all day,” says Carson Tate, author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style. Ray Dalio, head of the $165 billion Bridgewater Associates hedge fund, says it makes him feel like “a ninja in a fight.” That’s because blue light from a device’s screen suppresses the production of melatonin, the chemical that tells your brain that it’s time to go to sleep.

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7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Harvard Business

For example, if you are suggesting cost reduction and balance sheet restructuring to GE, where activist investor Nelson Peltz, one of the founders of hedge fund Trian Fund Management, has a major stake, your pitch has a very different meaning than it would at News Corporation, where Rupert Murdoch still has effective control of the company. He wrote a short document titled Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager and used it to train his team on his basic expectations.

How Large Food Retailers Can Help Solve the Food Waste Crisis

Harvard Business

According to the Guardian , approximately 45% of all fruits and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, and 20% of meat and dairy products are wasted by suppliers, retailers, and consumers every year. We propose a four-pronged strategy to help retailers reduce food waste as it occurs in food farming and food production, in the stores themselves, and during consumption. Another practice that contributes to food waste is product labeling. Tara Moore/Getty Images.

Why It’s So Hard to Train Someone to Make an Ethical Decision

Harvard Business

To appreciate how significant simply identifying an ethical dilemma is, consider the choice of Rajat Gupta, the former managing director of McKinsey & Company, to call a billionaire hedge fund trader after a Goldman Sachs board meeting. In the recent case of Wells Fargo , most employees didn’t have the time or incentive to question the practice of cross-selling products without client approval; they relied on the surrounding culture that supported these corrupt practices.

A 6-Part Tool for Ranking and Assessing Risks

Harvard Business

To consider another example, say a hedge fund is looking to acquire a tech company that claims to have a leading-edge technology. That Accessibility score might mean a competitor could beat the product to market, and the Effect could be the fallout from a controversial marketing campaign. David Crockett/Getty Images. One of the most overused expressions thrown around by wannabe “Wall Street Rambos” is business is war.

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