We can all learn from Trump … really

Let me sheet my colors to the mast: I don’t like Donald Trump. I think he is bad for the United States and bad for the world.  Not a day goes by when I don’t shake my head in wonder and to paraphrase the 70’s alternative rock band, Talking Heads, ‘how did we get here?’

But for now it’s beside the point, because regardless of what we think about “The Donald” the plain truth is: he is a master communicator. Why …

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Listen twice as much as you speak: emotional intelligence and stakeholder engagement

“…While the impulse may be to say that this is unfair, one of the lessons I’ve learned over time is that change comes from self-reflection. So it’s worth examining how we got here. The truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation. Irrespective of whether we did everything that is being said about us … it really matters what people think of us, especially in a global business like ours, where actions in one part of the world can have serious consequences in another…”

It’s rare one sees such #emotionalintelligence from a CEO, let alone one who has been in the job just a few weeks, but this came from newly installed Uber CEO  Dara Khosrowshahi after just a couple of weeks in the job. It came in an email to employees after the announcement that the City of London would not be renewing Uber’s operating license.

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Down Down Down: Food Security Robustness declining across Asia in 2016

– The latest Rice Bowl Index report indicates a decline in food security robustness across Asia, a first since 2012
– Empowering smallholders are key in helping the region achieve a robust food security position
– Long term outlook remains positive but success will require collective action across the food value chain

Last week fifth edition of the Rice Bowl Index (RBI) report was issued. Highlighting changes in the food security landscape in Asia Pacific over the last twelve months, the RBI has seen a decline in food security robustness scores across the region – a stark contrast to the improvement observed in RBI results during 2014 and 2015.

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Agriculture and ASEAN Economies: Still Key for Growth

Despite its declining contribution to the GDP of ASEAN economies, agriculture remains a major source of employment for rural populations and provides much value add for agrifood industries. The ASEAN region needs to tap more public-private synergies so that agriculture’s contribution to economic growth is fully utilized. Continue reading Agriculture and ASEAN Economies: Still Key for Growth

Bushranger Beards on a Businessman

Last week I attended the ABARES Outlook Conference. It had been more than a decade since I was last there and the mood was notably different.  Agriculture is the new black and it seems everyone wants to be a part of it – everyone that is except for the people we need most, the next generation of people wanting to work in agriculture. Continue reading Bushranger Beards on a Businessman