Cash Bribe Paid Over Handshake The Impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on Corporate Boards

“Tone at the top” now includes ensuring business dealings are ethical and bribe-free.  The impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) on corporations and their boards of directors has been enormous and wide-ranging, and…

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Where Do You Wait at Baggage Claim?

A couple of days ago I had a conversation with a client about how difficult it is to assess genuine leadership talent and whether someone is a real “go getter” or not. We talked about…

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Global Governance Lessons from Wirecard, Europe’s Enron

For its sheer scope, daring, and size, Wirecard is being compared to Enron. What happens next seems both predictable and inevitable from a global governance perspective. By Andrea Bonime-Blanc and Michael Marquardt The original version of this…

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Do Not Make This Mistake When Doing Business Overseas

I remember the email well, although this was more than 15 years ago. Working as a global business advisor, it came from a potential business partner in mainland China and it started out promising. “Planning…

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So…What Is It Like Getting On A Plane These Days?

I just went through my calendar for January. 14 flights. Pretty normal for that time of year, given that I regularly travel to attend board meetings or visit clients. Then February. 9 flights. The Coronavirus…

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Do You Have Good Business Sense?

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…

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5 Big Differences Between Germans and Americans

This is my 29th year living and working in the United States after immigrating from Germany in 1991. While developing international business strategy over the years I have come across many differences between Germans and Americans. Some…

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Effective Cybersecurity Habits. Get Ready For Threats To Escalate

Black hat hackers, spear-phishers, botnets, remote access trojans, evil maid attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, spoofers, malware and worms. You thought effective cybersecurity was difficult, complicated and strange-sounding before. Well, get ready for the future. Aside from…

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How To Build Bridges Even When You Disagree 100%

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…

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