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With General David Petraeus

3 Ways to Take Action in the Face of Uncertainty

Dec
16
2015

If you’ve ever caught a deer in your headlights, you’ve seen that the first reaction to uncertainty is to freeze. The status quo seems the safest situation from which to assess. It’s not an instinct limited to the wild. In [Continue Reading]


With IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Three Pillars of Wisdom from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Aug
13
2015

Global companies can gain competitive advantage in fast-growing frontier markets by addressing those country’s big social challenges – described previously in HBR as “playing development to win.” One example is IBM. CEO Ginni Rometty and I recently spoke about the [Continue Reading]


With AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina

Africa’s Unique Opportunity to Promote Inclusive Growth

Aug
12
2015

Six years after the global recession began, many parts of the world are still struggling to achieve growth. For the last decade, Africa’s GDP has been growing quickly. According to the IMF, it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future: The [Continue Reading]


With Econet Chair Strive Masiyiwa

New MBAs Should Start Their Careers in Frontier Markets

Jun
8
2015

“Where are the stores?” asked the Scandinavian executive. Strive Masiyiwa was interviewing him to be CEO of the Nigeria telecoms venture lead by Econet Group, which Strive founded and chairs. “We had an enormous amount at stake, over $1 billion [Continue Reading]


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Meet the Tech Companies Creating Opportunity in Africa

Apr
21
2016

For our family, it’s the homecoming routine. I pull up to the house and my son flies out of the car to inspect the box or two on our front stairs. Santa only delivers once a year, but Amazon leaves [Continue Reading]

At the U.S.-Africa Summit, Leaders Need to Signal Change

Oct
6
2014

Washington is usually quiet in August, but an event next week has the potential to shake things up for business and foreign policy. More than 200 U.S. and African CEOs, including the heads of General Electric, Walmart, Blackstone, Google, and [Continue Reading]

What Africa Can Teach U.S. Business Leaders About Uncertainty

May
27
2014

I’ve spent the past several years with the most successful business leaders in Africa, today the fastest-growing continent on earth. Africa’s uncertainty is all encompassing. How big is the market? What does the consumer want? Where will the highways be? [Continue Reading]

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