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CASE STUDY: GREEK SOVEREIGN BOND DEFAULT

  Nov 29 2018

# Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

In March 2012, Greece (the Hellenic Republic) was declared to be in default on its sovereign bonds by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) as a result of the invocation of Contingency Action Clauses (CAC’s). The following are the highlights from the ISDA press release announcing the default. LONDON, March 9, 2012 – The International Swaps and Deri...;

Happiness and Positivity

  Nov 21 2018

# Human Resources and Training

Ever since the 1980s, organizations have realized the impact of employee morale on their productivity. Efforts were made, with varied levels of success, to ensure that employees’ satisfaction and well-being were catered for in many Human Resources initiatives implemented across a number of organizations around the world. Recently, a new trend has emerged. No longer are organizations only focused o...;

Long Cast Phishing

  Nov 20 2018

# IT Management

Having encountered several friends and associates who have suffered, what seemed to be sustained Phishing Campaigns I decided to invest some time and bated-responses to set up a little research experiment to prove, or disprove a suspected theory – but for me, theories are only proven when they are put to the test, so I set the stage. ...;

What’s your IT Disaster Recovery Plan in the event of a cyberattack?

  Nov 13 2018

# IT Management

What would you do if your organization’s Information Technology (IT) systems stopped working for more than 4 weeks? Well, this happened on Tuesday 27th June 2017 when a cyberattack was unleashed, initially displayed as part of the payload for the original version of Petya Ransomware attack, now known as “NotPetya”, leading to a significant disruption on a global scale. This NotP...;

How to Work Effectively With Engineers

  Nov 4 2018

# IT Management

Having encountered several friends and associates who have suffered, what seemed to be sustained Phishing Campaigns I decided to invest some time and bated-responses to set up a little research experiment to prove, or disprove a suspected theory – but for me, theories are only proven when they are put to the test, so I set the stage. ...;

About Leadership

  Oct 10 2018

# Leadership and Management

Lately I read a leadership book talking about two radically different types of managers. The first type drains intelligence, energy and capabilities from the people around them. These managers always want to be the smartest people in the room. They are idea killers, energy thieves and talent assassins. They are trapped in their own intelligence, overpower others and deplete the organization’s capa...;

The Top 10 Advantages of Using Arbitration

  Oct 9 2018

# Legal

Businesses will invariably get into dispute and terms of contracts will be breached. The question of how these disputes will be resolved is one of the most important consideration for any business. There is of course the legal route through the courts where parties can resolve their disputes and then we have the different types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In this article...;

Welcome to Q4 heat!!!

  Oct 8 2018

# Communication and Writing Skills

I truly believe that if PowerPoint were to charge a premium per slide in Q4, Microsoft revenues would definitely double. Q4 is PRESENTATION SEASON!! If you work in marketing, you’re pitching for a budget hoping for approval. If you’re in HR, you have loads of initiatives for next year that you wish would appeal to upper management. If you’re in sales, this major account who is goin...;

Communication and Emotions

  Oct 8 2018

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

At the age of 3, I discovered that my son was autistic*. As a result, his communication skills were impaired and he was living in his own world. I often wondered what the world would be like if we were all autistic! In the midst of all the misunderstanding among people, it does feel that way sometimes. One can’t help but ask why does it feel like this? I believe the answer lies in our emo...;

Categorizing Tasks: Important or Not

  Oct 2 2018

# Human Resources and Training

When you feel overwhelmed by what appears to be plenty of tasks to complete you should prioritize them based on a common sense approach. Step #1 in this common sense approach is to determine the relative importance of each one of those tasks facing you. Over the years I have kept these questions in mind when determining the importance of any task: Will the task help me achiev...;