Author: Real Leaders

Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust in It

Trust and confidence in our economic and financial institutions has collapsed. The last few years alone have witnessed accounting, banking and corporate tax scandals; environmental disasters; financial crises, fraud and money laundering at unprecedented levels. The pace and scale of the failures is intensifying and look set to increase in the future. Colin Mayer, Professor of Finance at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford, has published an outspoken book Firm Commitment on the breakdown of trust – its causes, consequences and what we should do to fix it. He places the corporation at the centre of this failure of trust and...

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Mobile’s sleeping giant

With no costly infrastructure to overhaul, Africa has leapt ahead in mobile communications and m-banking. Third World mobile banking systems are piquing the attention of international operators and international banking organizations. The result – if all goes well – could be a fresh influx of investment and technological know-how poured into an arena where Third World countries are the innovators. Hopefully, the interest being shown by regulators will also create legislation that encourages innovation and allows more players to enter the fray. The fear, of course, is that new legislation may stifle these developments if banking organizations regard them as unwelcome incursions into their hallowed territory. Europe and the U.S. have made slow progress with mobile banking because...

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From Financial Success to Significance

As leaders, many of us think that we’ve already succeeded in one or more aspects of our lives. And we have. Many of us have been blessed with the opportunity to create much financial success for ourselves and those around us. Yet, how many of us will be able to say that we’ve achieved significance when we look back on our lives? As you reflect on your life, what do you want to accomplish? Have you achieved some life goals beyond financial success? Most of us have developed business plans but very few of us have life plans. Do...

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Palestine’s first planned city

Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, is bringing dignity, pride, economic opportunity and social development to people of the State of Palestine. The city gives Palestinians an outlet for their knowledge and skills that can be channelled towards building their country. It’s doing this in a way that empowers and engages local communities, making sure that Rawabi contributes to Palestinian social, environmental and economic development. Bashar Masri is a Palestinian-American entrepreneur, born and raised in Nablus, and founder and managing director of Bayti Real Estate Investment Company, jointly-owned by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Massar International – created to build...

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