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In the Pink on Monkeys, Raisins, Money -- and the Flow

Monday, June 8th, 2015

What’s going on here … little furry primates, sweet rewards: is this magazine about business -- or zoos?

 Enter American Daniel Pink. He is, well, in the pink!

Enter American Daniel Pink. He is, well, in the pink! Dan started his dive into the midst of that color when he received a JD from Yale Law School. Then he held some government posts, such as chief speechwriter between 1995 to 1997 for Vice President Al Gore.

As a refreshingly idealistic author, he has penned five bestselling books about the changing world of work. These include “A Whole New Mind,” translated into 24 languages, and “To Sell is Human.” In “Drive,” Pink explains how money is not always the best bait for the employee fish, the theme of this interview.

Overall, Dan shifts us toward a -- surprising -- new world view based on his grasp of the psychology of control versus self - directed cooperation. He has the courage to slap at GE's snarling former CEO Jack Welch.

In 2013, www.Thinkers 50 selected him one of the world’s top 15 business cogitaters. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel

Dan gives this exclusive interview to Victor Fic Biztech’s special correspondent for politics and economics, who edited it for clarity.


On Epictetus and Tin Cups: How the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ POWS Won Their War

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

“Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.” Epictetus

When naval aviator James Bond Stockdale became a ‘guest’ in the Hanoi Hilton, his vital leadership helped his men to survive. His son James Stockdale Jr. recalls his father’s sterling character. Then Taylor Kiland  author of ‘Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton,’ distills the lessons in this exclusive, unique interview to Victor Fic, Biztech’s special correspondent for business and politics.

“Why Should I Hire you!"

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

What skills do you need to be a personal branding expert?
First, a coaching certification is vital for training in helping clients self-discover –  to become aware of their talents, strengths and
passions. That is the information needed to create their brand. A coaching certification (CPC) includes over 320 hours of formal coaching education, live training and time with clients. The Energy Leadership Index - Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) is a specific accreditation for certified coaches who specialize in the understanding and use of energy to shift and amplify awareness and performance. These expanded tools offer a more significant client experience from which they can build their personal branding. Second, a keen sense of connection to the world is critical to help client see options and opportunities to find their fit in today’s world.

India – Korea: Gyeomik and Hyecho Connections

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Professor Eun-su Cho

The road stretched over thou­sands of horizons and led from their native Korea across ter­rain beset with highwaymen and strangers to a distant land called India. But two Korean monks, name­ly Gyeomik and Hyecho, were so eager for knowledge about Buddhism that they trod that long and winding road, and in the pro­cess changed Korean cultural history.

Professor Eun-su Cho at Seoul National University’s (SNU) Department of Phi­losophy, a leading scholar on this topic, is pleased to share her insights. She explains how her interest in it first germinated: “I was a student majoring in Buddhist phi­losophy in Korea from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. Once I finished my masters, I had the arduous idea of researching Indian Buddhism – the origin of Buddhism – using firsthand sources. At that time, even when we studied Indian Buddhism, we used ma­terials translated into classical Chinese. There were almost no institutions teaching Sanskrit or Pali, the languages of the Indian Buddhist texts.”
She found herself on a plane to the Unit­ed States in the late 1980s to study Indian Buddhism through the Indian languages. “And so I completed my Ph. D. at U.C. Berke­ley and became a professor at the University of Michigan.
Cho’s Korean background attracted inter­est. “I found many people actually wanted to learn Korean Buddhism from me. Thus I have spent the past twenty years mainly studying and writing about Korean Bud­dhism.”

India Looks East and West

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
india looks

If it is true that the Roman God Janus looked both backward and forward, it is equally so that Indian diplomacy gazes both to the east and West. Satu Limaye, an Oxford Ph. D, and director of the East-West Center in Washington, explains the key issues as Delhi sees them regarding the US and then East Asia.
Regarding Washington, Pakistan and Afghanistan loom large. As context, he ex­plains that “India’s conflictual relationship with Pakistan growing out of competing nationalism, partition, disputed territory -- most notably Kashmir -- and subsequent wars and crises mean almost any relations between the US and Pakistan are suspect.

Business Model Your Career: Tim Clark

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Tim Clark

Tim Clark is an entrepreneur who leads the global personal business model movement After selling his Asia market entry consultancy to a NASDAQ listed entity in a multi-million-dollar transaction, he completed a doctorate in international business model portability. Clark then authored and/or edited five books on entrepreneurship, business models and personal development. They include the international bestsellers ‘Business Model Generation’ and ‘Business Model You’. He currently serves as professor of business at the University of Tsukuba in Tokyo. Clark also provides personal business models and related training to corporations, industry associations, and universities worldwide. See

Another Star Named Park Rises in South Korea’s Political Sky

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Miss Park

The surname Park may be one of the most common encountered in South Korea, so if you say it in isolation to a local conversation partner, it may draw a blank. But if you mention it with the word “president” in front, you are likely to get a strong response from your friend. Some South Koreans idolize the man who served in the Blue House from 1961 to 1979 and credit him with advancing the economy. Others revile him for prioritizing industrialization ahead of democracy while a third camp praises his economic policies, even as they denounce his dictatorship. But be sure that everyone articulates an opinion.

These days, the attention is focused not just on him, but also on his daughter, namely Park Geun-hye, who is seeking to become the paramount leader of the Republic of Korea in this year’s national election. Who is she and what can be said about her as an overview? Park was born on February 2, 1952 in Daegu. She was the first child of future president Park. Her younger brother is Park Ji-man and her younger sister is Park Seoyoung. Her early life was painful. Tragically, on August 15, 1974, her mother was shot to death by Mun Se-gwang, a Korean born in Japan, who was apparently trying to kill President Park. The incident occurred at the National Theatre. With the country’s first lady dead, the young Park bravely stepped into a new role. Then her father suffered assassination on October 26, 1979 when Kim Jae-kyu, the head of the Korean intelligence service, pulled the trigger on his own pistol. This double loss has won Ms. Park some measure of public sympathy.

Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement: The Forgotten Talks?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

If the Americans sometimes call the Korean War their “forgotten war,” then the Canadians might label the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea the “forgotten talks,” considering how long they have languished. In 2004, Ottawa first broached the idea. But that seed has yet to bear fruit.

When Chai Came to the Land of the Morning Calm

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The English soldier regained consciousness while flat on his back on a cot in a battlefield medical unit. Still groggy from the shell that had landed close by, he expected to see a white face unfolding bandages. Instead, he was pleasantly surprised to observe a man in a turban holding out a cup of tea. That special drink was and is still called chai, the word that Indians give to the khaki colored, sweet and strong libation with a real kick.

xi jinping

Xi Jinping’s American Debut

Monday, May 7th, 2012

“Xi who?” That seems to be the reaction of many Americans to the visit of China’s Vice President Xi Jinping. He has far less name recognition in the West than either President Hu Jinato or Premier Wen Jiaobao.

Is the South Korea-US Korus Heading for a Chilly Autumn?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

For proponents of expanded trade relations with the United States, if the South Korea’s left wing opposition parties win the presidential election in late 2012, the political atmosphere will be as cold as Korea’s recent winter, the coldest in 65 years. The cause of the big freeze will be the Democratic United and Unified Progressive Parties’ (UDP and UPP) icy resolve to scupper the Korea–US free trade agreement (KORUS FTA).

stephen harper

Canada's Harper Tilts Toward Trade in China

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s China policy resembles a gyroscope – it hugs the terrain. Once upon a time, this hardcore conservative loudly insisted that he would trade with China, but spurn bowing “to the almighty dollar,” i.e., he would press Beijing on human rights. During his 2009 sojourn there, Harper publicly chastised his hosts, with his disdain for the Communist party quite evident.

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Q&A with Andy Lopata

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

\Andy Lopata, a London native, was educated at The University of Birmingham. The Financial Times calls this London-based author ( one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists. The coauthor of two books on networking, Andy’s third title is, Recommended: How to Sell Through Networking and Referrals.

jack covert

Must Read to Succeed: Jack Covert on the 100 Best Business Books

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

In 1984, the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops hired Jack Covert to promote business and computer books to the Milwaukee business community. He grew that 3-shelf business section into a US$7 million specialty business book retailer, 800-CEO-READ, and won a reputation in the competitive world of business-book publishing.

jd whitney

Q&A with J.D. Whitney

Friday, November 18th, 2011

J.D. Whitney is a native of the USA. Starting out as a music teacher, he then spent 10 years in non-profit management, including 3 years in Kenya. He is co-owner and COO of micMAC Global Solutions (, headquartered in Qingdao, China. Their programs are based on his MBA in International Development and global travels training people in language acquisition and cultural transition. J.D.

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Q&A with Tan Yinglan

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Tan Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. He is a Kauffman Fellow at the Center of Venture Education, and serves on the boards of innovative growth ventures and venture capital funds in Asia. Yinglan was the first director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i and INSEAD.

erika andersen

Tips on Career Strategies

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Erika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus International (, a consulting and training firm that helps client organizations clarify and achieve their envisioned future. She coaches and advises the senior executives of leading companies including GE, Time Warner Cable, Madison Square Garden, and NBC Universal.

shahriar broumand

Q&A with Shahriar Broumand

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Belgian-American Shahriar Broumand has an MBA and MIS from Switzerland’s European University. From 1999 to 2007 he helped build FreeMarkets in EMEA and Ariba’s BPO business in the US. He then moved to Edinburgh to advise RBS on supply chain risk from 2009 to 2010. Today, Shahriar is Managing Partner of BrainNet Supply Management Group ( in North America, the number one supply chain and procurement firm.

korean pavilion

Will South Korea and the U.S. Sing in a KORUS FTA?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

A chorus occurs when a group of people harmonize their singing. Therefore, how appropriate that the free trade agreement (FTA) designed to link South Korea and the United States in a synchronized, deeper -- and mutually beneficial-- trade relationship is called the KORUS FTA, with the first pact appearing in 2007. Already, South Korea offers America US$80 billion in annual trade as its seventh largest export market.

Genghis Khan statue

Subterranean Riches Push Mongolian Economy Skyward

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Mention the name Mongolia to most Westerners -- what is their response? It is likely to be a Genghis Khan joke. Few have studied the country. But it is now attracting much praise. About half of Mongolia’s 3 million people are farmers raising goats, sheep, and other animals. The remainder are concentrated in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.


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