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  1. The Right Way to Privatize

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    Many ex-communist countries like Croatia still have assets held by the government that need to be privatized but people resist privatizations because of either corrupt or incompetent privatizations in the past. To preserve value and promote economic development, rather than selling assets outright to one buyer, asset privatizations should be carried out in a process similar to an Initial Public Offering - IPO - creating an ownership base which is local and widely held.
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    Updated 17th-February-2014 at 11:24 PM by Željko Zidarić

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  2. Trust in politics - once lost, can it be regained?


    Do I trust an old established political party that has lost its way but says that it has reformed or do I trust and give my vote to a new and and inexperienced political party?

    Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, forever to repair.
    If it is lost it is not easily found and if it is found its never the same again.
    - Unknown


    Trust is very important in politics. Maybe more important than anything else. When voters make their decision about who
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  3. Overcoming a National Culture of Learned Helplessness



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    Groups, an aggregation of individuals, can develop a culture of learned helplessness resulting in depression and apathy towards eliminating negative stimuli. The modern economy, based on innovation and intellectual capital requires a willingness to take risks to step into the unknown. The willingness to take risks requires optimism and therefore a nation with a "victim culture" can't compete in the new economy. Croatia, due to a long history of communist
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    Updated 19th-November-2014 at 06:42 PM by Željko Zidarić

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  4. Leader as Emotional Contagion 'Patient Zero'


    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
    but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    ― Maya Angelou

    Being a leader is an irrational job. Culture and mood might be more important responsibilities for the leader than is strategy. Affecting the mood is as simple as flicking a switch to light up a room. The phenomenon of emotionally lighting up a room is powered by “emotional contagion”. The ability to affect
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    Updated 21st-February-2015 at 08:02 PM by Željko Zidarić

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  5. Shelter Companies bring foriegn investment home to Mexico


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    The Croatian government wants Second Generation Diaspora Croats to return to Croatia to set up businesses to help improve the Croatian economy (or so they say). BUT, if the business environment is toxic chances for long term survival are low no matter how good the tax incentives are or how much free EU money you get. An interesting learning opportunity for improving the probability for success might be found in Mexico - in the maquiladora "Shelter Services" industry
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    Updated 7th-April-2016 at 06:02 PM by Željko Zidarić

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