Videos

The Short Sale

The Short Sale

The CEO of a one man company dies outside of his investment bank and the banker who observes the tragedy quickly shorts the common stock of the company. Nice to know much hasn't changed in the world of investment...

Battle for the Top

Battle for the Top

This snippet presents a confrontation between an angry executive and the company president. The executive is angry about the president’s demanding leadership and aggressive company culture. But who's right?  Watch the fireworks and curious...

The Core of Entrepreneurship

The Core of Entrepreneurship

This vignette takes place in 1930’s England and if you can get past the fact that it’s in black and white you will be rewarded with a delightful parable that modern capitalism and business schools should...

Shareholders vs. Customers

Shareholders vs. Customers

In this vignette shareholder value is put on trial by an executive vying to be named CEO over his rival who is the controller - they engage in a fascinating debate that is probably more relevant today than when the scene was written.

Writings

BARRON”S Feb 19th Article on GE: How Did It Come to This?

In the Feb. 19 edition of Barron’s featured a story that dissected the valuation of General Electric but the article did not reference the question of “how did it come to this”?  The fall of the GE Empire was driven by both exogenous events and self-inflicted wounds....

Shareholder Value is a Dumb Idea

In 2009 GE’s iconic CEO Jack Welch denounced maximizing shareholder value as a business objective in an interview in which he bluntly stated “on the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world”.  Shareholder value initially posted impressive results...

US Bankers Continue To Destroy Value

In a capitalist system the financial sector is supposed to be the grease that makes the wheels of the economy move forward – not be the wheels. In their outstanding book 13 Bankers – The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, authors Simon Johnson and...