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Archive for May, 2012

Billy Preston to Bono: Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’

By Jim Whitt In his speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Food Security and Global Agriculture symposium Bono, front man for the band U2 said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that broke countries should continue providing foreign aid. Based on this reasoning, U2 — which according to Forbes made $195 million last year — should give everything they make away then borrow even more money to give away. Then maybe they’ll understand the lyrics from one of Billy Preston’s biggest hits: “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’. “There’s a false notion that poor countries are poor because rich countries are… Read More

May 31st, 2012 at 3:57pm

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The Kind of Country We Are: A Memorial Day Tribute

By Jim Whitt As this was our first trip to France we suffered from a perpetual state of directional disability. And that is how we met Michel. We wandered through the gate of a small cemetery not a stone’s throw from Omaha Beach in Normandy.  Michel did not speak much English but fortunately, Suedy, a friend of ours from the U.S. spoke a little French. So, with much hand signaling, exaggerated facial expressions and a few exchanges of French and English we were able to communicate. It turned out to be a most fascinating conversation. Michel explained to us that… Read More

May 23rd, 2012 at 10:27am

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Culture Matters

By Jim Whitt I just read an article by Bill Barnett in the Harvard Business Review entitled When Choosing a Job, Culture Matters. That is an understatement. Let me share an example. I know of an employee who went to work for a company and was so excited he couldn’t wait to get started. This exceptionally talented and qualified candidate was hired for a newly created position and he was determined to show what a difference he, and the new position, could make. The problem was that he discovered he was the only one who cared about making a difference…. Read More

May 16th, 2012 at 6:44pm

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