Author Interviews

Alexander Green – An Embarrassment of Riches: Tapping Into the World’s Greatest Legacy of Wealth

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/ALEXANDER_GREEN-02-05-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSListen to the author. An Embarrassment of Riches: Tapping Into the World’s Greatest Legacy of Wealth by Alexander Green From the Inside Flap Tune into the news and you’ll hear stories of war, disease, natural disasters, corruption, violence, poverty, crime, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and political dysfunction in Washington. Polls show many believe the American dream is fading, our children face limited opportunities, and the country is decidedly on the wrong track. Yet this dour perspective—one recycled 24/7 by the national media—is a gross distortion of the world we live in today. As national investment expert and bestselling author Alexander Green reveals in this engrossing and provocative new book, the human race has never had it so good. In the West today, we work shorter hours, have more purchasing power, enjoy goods and services in almost limitless supply, and have more leisure time than ever before. Living standards are the highest they have ever been. The human life span has nearly doubled over the past hundred years. Literacy and education levels—even I.Q.s—are at all-time highs. Technology and medicine are revolutionizing our lives. All forms of pollution—with the exception of greenhouse gases—are in decline. Access to the arts has never been greater. Crime is in a long-term cycle of decline. And the risk of death by violence has never been smaller for most of humanity. By almost every measure, our lives today are wealthy beyond measure. We …

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Author Interviews

Sanjay Khosla – Fewer, Bigger, Bolder

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SANJAY_KHOSLA-08-05-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth by Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney “When it comes to growing revenues, not all dollars are equal.” In company after company that Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney worked for or researched, they saw businesses taking on more products, more markets, more people, more acquisitions—adding more of everything except what really mattered: sustainable and profitable growth. And in many of these companies — large or small, from America to Europe to Asia — every quarter became a mad dash to find yet another short-term revenue boost. There had to be a better way — an alternative to the scramble for mindless expansion. The answer lies in Fewer, Bigger, Bolder, a market-proven, step-by-step program to achieve sustained growth with rising profits and lower costs. The authors prove that given the right incentives, managers using this program can produce astonishing results in amazingly short time frames. That’s exactly what Khosla accomplished as President of Kraft’s developing markets, which enjoyed eye-popping revenue growth from $5 billion to $16 billion in just six years, while profitability increased 50%. Sawhney, a professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, discovered a similar formula for stellar results when advising a portfolio of businesses, from Fortune 500 giants to technology start-ups. No matter how big the company or how difficult the economic environment, managers who use this seven-step program (“Focus7”) will learn how to …

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