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SAGE Exclusive Speaker Richard McGregor has been awarded the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for the best Non-Fiction book, for his book Asia’s Reckoning.
How To Avoid World War III in Asia - 6th Jul
World War II still hasn’t ended, yet World War III already looms. The recent discovery of large oil and gas reserves under the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands islands has heated up the situation dramatically, with military budgets surging, and warships, coast guards and fighter jets scrambling to assert control over the commons. Meanwhile, tensions on the Korean Peninsula have drastically escalated into the world’s most dangerous flashpoint over the past seven decades precisely because the Korean War itself was never formally ended in 1953. A multipolar world can be an unstable landscape of security dilemmas and proxy competitions à la Europe before World War I, or it can be a stable balance of power in which sufficient distance among poles and respect for their spheres of influence generates a dynamic equilibrium. If we want this kind of lasting global stability, we must permit technocrats to make the peace first.
Brent Gleeson: Want To Crush Your Goals Next Year? Here Are 12 Questions To Ask Your Boss In 2018 - 22nd Dec
The best people I have managed are the most proactive when it comes to taking ownership and accountability over their development. They show a deep emotional connection to the company and to their work. They don’t sit around waiting to be told what to do. They are team players and take on roles and responsibilities outside of their job description – when it’s appropriate and as long as those activities don’t distract them from the goals they have set with their manager. And most importantly, they are brave and manage up!
This data-driven innovation is not going away in the next five to 10 years. There’s a big gap that we are well-positioned to fill because of our connectivity to businesses.
Lijia Zhang: NPR’s Book Concierge - 8th Dec
Congratulations to SAGE speaker Lijia Zhang for being featured on NPR’s 2017’s Great Reads!
“Readers will find Lijia Zhang’s debut novel rich in Chinese proverbs. After the titular Lotus loses face, she keeps on going despite the hurt, because “a cracked jar doesn’t mind being smashed again.” Zhang has a light touch even when portraying the well-researched underbelly of contemporary Chinese culture.”
John Pomfret: NPR’s Book Concierge - 8th Dec
Congratulations to SAGE speaker John Pomfret for being featured on NPR’s 2017’s Great Reads!
“The US-China relationship has a long and rich history dating to America’s earliest days. Author John Pomfret weaves a grand tale as he lays out the cooperation and the competition, the mutual fascination and the rivalry that has marked the relationship since the beginning.”
WeChat is really the modern printing press, so of course there will be restrictions. If you are an investor in Tencent, you are basically betting on management’s ability to adjust to policies and yet still be able to create a product that people like.
Both Amazon and Alibaba are transforming commerce and media, retail and beyond, but Jack Ma has a more instinctive feel for business driven by his experience on the street as a merchant. Jeff Bezos went to Princeton, worked on Wall Street, identified books as a sector based on detailed analysis. Jack Ma is more driven by gut feel, not analytics.
Supply chain complexity – rendered manageable with the help of technology – will become the new differentiator. There are more incentives and more drivers pushing for the expansion of global trade and supply chains in the years ahead and fewer arguments for containing or shrinking them.
Over the past two decades, successive American administrations have trumpeted the success of the alliance between the United States and Japan. Trump was no different. “I don’t think we’ve ever been closer to Japan,” the president said during his trip to Tokyo. But as tensions rise in Asia, Japan is going to need to do more – both for itself and for its American friends.