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Eureka: On happiness: Ken and Barbie are depressed by Akli Hadid

ken01_400_02A little bit of humor for a change. In my research I found that to be happy you need four things: you need a stable emotional life, a stable personal life, an organized life and an ability to execute your day to day tasks.

I used to moan when Ken and Barbie didn’t want to talk to me. You know Ken and Barbie. That perfect couple or circle of friends who always seems to be laughing out loud so you can hear them and are desperate to join them. Ken and Barbie can be a couple, or a group of friends who like to calls themselves the G7 or S Club 9 or something. There’s always together and always seem to be having fun.

Don’t worry if Ken and Barbie reject you. Happy people don’t reject people, they welcome people. Happy countries don’t ban citizens of certain countries from entry, they welcome as many people as they can, as long as those people keep them safe. Happy countries don’t have complex immigration procedures, they make it clear what it is you need to survive and thrive in their country.

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Eureka: Why all the slow growth and recessions? by Akli Hadid

Decon01_400_01ifferent countries have different reasons to experience slow growth and recessions. The main factor you need to take into account is that growth is calculated based on the previous years’ performance. Not on the previous five years’ performance, not on the previous 10 years’ performance. If you performed poorly last year, your country could have strong growth rates, although most people could be struggling in your economy. The opposite is also true, as if you had a good year in 2015 but slow growth in 2016 then your economy could still be robust.

Overall, prohibitive transportation costs by land and by sea has contributed to the slow growth. The proliferation of loans for housing and small businesses has also contributed to the slow growth. Finally, fluctuations in commodity prices, with raw materials and agricultural products prices going way up and then falling way down has contributed to the recession.

Now let’s take a closer look to recessions by continent.

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Eureka: Ten ways globalization went wrong by Akli Hadid

Globalization used to be a buzz word we all used until recently. Now it seems that reality is catching up with globalization, so here are ten things that went wrong.

1- Slavery made its comeback

When opening factories around the world, some know that they will stay protected in an ivory tower with several guards. They won’t have to face the starving workers they hired. How many companies shrug when I ask them what the monthly wages are for their workers? Many.

2- Overregulation

Want to hire someone? 10 pages of regulations. Want to rent a workshop or office space? 10 pages of regulation. Want to start production? 20 pages of regulation. Want to sell your production to distribution? 30 pages of regulation. By the time your product reaches the customer, you’ll have reviewed hundreds of pages of regulation and checked huge checklists.

3- Collective punishments

An Iraqi terrorist? Let’s ban all Iraqis. An American cowboy? Let’s ban all Americans. One person from any company misbehaves? Let’s punish everyone at that company.

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Eureka: Generation W, X, Y, Z by Akli Hadid

generation01_400Generation Y gets a new phone every year. They’re bad people. We, their parents, used to get a new Walkman or Diskman every year and our parents thought we were bad people. The new generation is binging on pornography. Our generation didn’t have all those websites, but we always had a friend who had a brother or cousin who was way older and more liberal than he was and who had a library full of pornographic material, and if you were nice enough with that kid he would loan you or give you some of it.

The new generation is binging on games. We had arcades back then, where you would insert a quarter and play some of your favorite games, and some of us went straight there from school. We also had all kinds of games we could play. The new generation is binging on entertainment. For them it’s Justin Bieber and Beyonce, for us it was Diana Ross or Cool and the Gang or Nirvana, Metallica, Nickelback or the Spice Girls or whoever topped the charts in your grad school year.

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Eureka: Religions of the world by Akli Hadid

religion01Last year I undertook an interesting challenge: read every single religious scripture cover to cover at least once. That’s how I read and understood the Torah, the Talmud, the Christian Bible, the Quran, The Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada and other more esoteric texts. I also did work on the ground trying to find out how different religions organize, and how those religious beliefs apply in the field.

So here’s a very brief overview of the different religions I encountered.

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Eureka: Avoiding wars by Akli Hadid

war01_400_03As counterintuitive as it may sound, people make peace with strong countries, not with weak countries. This basically means leaders say “we’re strong” as opposed to leaders saying “I’m strong, my people are weak.” Countries with weak people get swallowed up.

What is also true is if you’re a leader and you believe your country and people are strong and other countries and people are weak, at best you’re going to have to make alliances with weaker countries, before you get swallowed up by stronger countries. If your employees are weak, sales lag behind and your competitor moves forward.

Politics is a game where there are no weak people and where there are no weak countries. So if you want a strong country, you need to be strong at five levels:

-At the military level. This is the most important level of strength. You need a strong, fit, smart army. But you also need collaboration and discussions with other armies, formal and informal talks. You need a degree of skepticism when holding those talks, and need to keep in mind that you are a strong army dealing with strong armies.

-At the environmental level. People don’t do business with poorly dressed businessmen, nor do they do business with countries where cleanliness is not the standard of living. Clean air, clean streets and clean citizens needs to be your way to go. Other countries share the air you breathe, and too much pollution, be it the air or the rivers or the seas or sending tourists who have no basic hygiene can be a motive for wars.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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