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Business Insights from Michael Marquardt Global Advisor

Enjoy my blog, designed to provide tips on expanding and developing your business, here and overseas. I share my experience in cybersecurity, global compliance, anti-corruption, information technology investments, controlling and managing strategic risks, and much more.

I am available to speak on any of these topics; please contact me with inquiries.

Business acumen. Business sense. Business savvy. It is an instinctive trait and also a skill developed over time through seasoned judgement gained by learning from mistakes and capitalizing on successes. I was enjoying a walk with a close friend and accomplished CEO last week discussing the...

This is my 29th year living and working in the United States after immigrating from Germany in 1991. Over the years I have come across many differences between Germans and Americans. Some are outright funny, some are more serious, and some are more subtle. Here...

As I have traveled the world over the past three years since Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, I have stared into the disbelieving and disillusioned faces of countless colleagues, close friends, and new business acquaintances. After...

Black hat hackers, spear-phishers, botnets, remote access trojans, evil maid attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, spoofers, malware and worms. You thought cybersecurity was complicated and strange-sounding before. Well, get ready for 2020. Aside from teaching employees about picking better passwords, many companies have gone through pains to teach...

Growing up in Germany, I remember my Dad subscribing to a weekly magazine that largely represented political views different from our own. When I asked him about this, he responded “I like to know how the other side thinks!” It used to be common advice to...

Kodak. Blockbuster. Nokia. Motorola. BlackBerry. Xerox. AOL. Or how about RadioShack, Circuit City, or even Borders? What do all of these companies have in common? All of them once were high-flying enterprises, household names with seemingly infinite prospects of continued growth. Kodak literally owned photography. Blockbuster...

I remember making a big mistake almost ten years ago, placing my trust in a close friend. Of course, I did not know at the time that this would be a big mistake. I thought that I could completely trust the person. When the situation began to unravel and hurt others that had placed their faith in me, I was in denial about it at first.