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06/10/2011

Here the italian public debt, courtesy of Istituto Bruno Leoni: 




In the italian private sector we have excellent entrepreuners and great hardworking human resources while in the public sector we have greek like politicians and public servants.

Paolo Ruggeri

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03/08/2011

Attacched you'll find the slides of the public speaking training for the Trend USA sales reps that I just delivered in Miramar (Florida). 

They have been two great days. I really enjoyed being here and know some really great people. 




Paolo Ruggeri

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11/05/2011

Today I gave a presentation to the Miami corporate office of Granite Transformation USA. Last year GT has been the 40th most expanding company in the US. 

As usual, when you are dealing with a great company, you always deal with great people like the ones I met in Granite Transformation.

Attached are the slide of my presentation. 

Paolo Ruggeri

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18/12/2010

I consider myself a great friend of the United States of America. I support and cherish the ideals of freedom contained in the Declaration of Independence. Over the years I also created a lot of business and a lot of money for american companies. I consider the USA my second home. 

Yet I am a supporter of Wikileaks. I support wikileaks because I believe governments, including the US government, must come clean and adopt transparency. 

Mr. Manning (the whistleblower who allegedly stole the confidential cables) IMO has not been a man of honour: he broke a sacred trust. He was a soldier. He shouldn't betray his group. 

The position of Julian Assange is different. I don't know the man, so I don't know if he is a good person or a bad person. I cannot tell. If he molested other women, it's not ok. 

However he is right in publishing the cables. Let the governments of the world be transparent. I am against confidentiality and secrecy by governments. If their dealings are ethical why should they keep it hidden?

The United States should know better. Don't prosecute Assange for publishing the cables.  

Paolo Ruggeri
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21/11/2010

Even though I am focused on the operations of my italian consulting companies, lately I have had more than one request from my Italian customers to deliver services to their United States subsidiaries. 

Therefore I am looking to buy a stake in a consulting company (human resource or management consulting, or sales or marketing consulting, or corporate training) located in the United States.

I offer: 

a) Cash for equity (up to 250k or even more, depending on the state of the company) 
b) Help and support (know how, motivation and experience gained in building consulting companies that sell in excess of 10 millions usd per year). 
c) European customers who have branches in the United States and are looking for consultants who know their operations.

Even if you still do not have a consulting company and are just planning a start up, inquire with me by filling out the form available at www.paoloruggeri.net/pagine.asp?idp=97

Paolo Ruggeri
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02/04/2009

Lately I've had a lot of business to keep up with in Italy. My companies are growing; good consulting services and hands on speakers with practical expertise are in demand these days, so I had to cut down on my international presentations. 

I reckon I'll be back up and travelling around (and posting new slides) after summer 2009. 

Paolo Ruggeri

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26/01/2009

The HT Beta Test is now online in english and spanish. By taking this test you can receive an assessment of your management skills: 


http://www.paoloruggeri.it/ht_analyzer/ht_candidate_ifs_en.php   

http://www.paoloruggeri.it/ht_analyzer/ht_candidate_ifs_es.php 

Paolo Ruggeri  

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05/12/2008

When are we going back to normal? When is the economic downturn going to end? 

I am afraid this is "the new normal" as far as business and economics are concerned. 

Time to re-invent all of our companies. Like Tom Peters says, "change is not an option, it's an opportunity we can't afford to miss". 




Paolo Ruggeri 

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22/07/2008

As part of a project to expand the operations of Mind Consulting in Eastern Europe, we are looking for partners in the countries of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Ukraine.


We are looking for professionals who have a background or, even better, an already existing consulting operation in the field of human resource management, recrutiment and hiring of personnel, management consultancy for small and mid size entreprises.


Mind Consulting Italy (www.mindconsulting.it) is the leading italian human resource consulting company for small and mid size entreprises with 18 millions euro's annual turnover and over 180 consultants.


We shall establish partnership with qualified professionals which will include sharing of know-how, managing italian companies that have operations in eastern europe, and we'll integrate our recruitment business to cater to the needs of european customers.


If you have an existing consulting operation in one of the above countries, we might be able to establish a profitable, win-win, partnership.


For more information please fill out the form at http://www.paoloruggeri.net/pagine.asp?idp=97
Paolo Ruggeri
  

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21/06/2008

Lately I have run into several  managers and entrepreneurs of small and mid size entreprises who were cheating on their wife/husband. The common denominator amongst them: the company turnover was suffering and downtrending. 

The phenomena of the cheating manager who then performs poorly, caught my attention so much that I even wrote a book on the subject a few years ago (The Ethics of Excellence). 

If you want to manage a small and mid size company successfully, try to maintain a high degree of personal integrity and remember that, in the end, cheaters never win

If you have junior managers in your company who are cheating on their partner, beware: they'll cause you a great deal of trouble. 

This tip may seem unpopular but, believe me, it could save you a great deal of money. 

Paolo Ruggeri     

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21/06/2008

As stated elsewhere on the site, we've launched a project to make all of the successful materials and research of Mind Consulting, concerning leadership, employees motivation and personnel development, available in all the major languages.

Attached you'll find the french translation of the first chapter of the book The New Leaders. The chapter goes over goals and their importance for the process of leadership and employee motivation

Many thanks to Davide Baldi from Mind Consulting for helping with the translation. 

Paolo Ruggeri

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14/06/2008

This is a presentation by Federico Coppola of Mind Consulting, regarding the 10 rules to succeed in business today. 

The presentation is in pptx.

Paolo Ruggeri

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08/06/2008

1) Accept responsibility: start by viewing yourself as the cause of underperformance or your staff's lack of motivation. If you think that way, 92% of the times you’ll be correct. Leadership and motivation starts with you.

2) How are you on the emotional side? Are you energetic, enthusiastic, striving to reach great goals? Facts are: if you, yourself, are not enthusiastic or cheerful, then it's very unlikely that you'll be able to motivate anyone else. 

3) What is your goal? And is there something in it for the people who should be following you? What are the rewards (tangible and intangible) for them if you win?

4) Work on people's strengths and they’ll get stronger. If you work the other way around (concentrating on people's weaknesses), they will get weaker and weaker. In personnel management you get what you give. Study the "law of attraction" and apply it.

5) Be sincerely interested in your people. Do not treat them as employees, treat them as individuals. Be interested in them, their families, their kids, their aspirations. Remember: they are not employees, they are living beings like you.

6) Demonstrate competence.

7) Acknowledge results and good performance as much as you can.

8) Coach your people often. A real leader is someone who brings their followers to achieve results. It is not the other way around.

9) Maintain a high level of personal ethics. Maintain a high integrity, not only at work, but also at home.

10) Always be ahead of the crowd. The job of a leader is to create the future and not to be stuck in the past.

And remember: if you want things to change, if you want your people to be more productive and more engaged in the company, the first one who has got to change is you. 

Paolo Ruggeri

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25/05/2008

From last week's Newsweek:


Bottega Veneta (purveyor of 1,350 USD Sandals and 18,400 USD leather tote bags), just reported first quarter global sales are up 31,5% (that's on top of a 49% growth in 2007).


Prada: reported its best results ever for the year that just now ended, with profits up 66%


Hermes: first quarter 2008 sales up 13% - including a surprising 23% jump in the United States, which is supposed to be in a recession...


Sexy (catering to the intangible needs of customers) or Fit (that is to say: giving the customer real value for their money or low cost/budget), both areas of the market keep growing. Everything else is shrinking. 


Paolo Ruggeri

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25/05/2008

Earlier this month the European Commission announced that Slovakia, a tiny country in Central Europe, will be joining the euro next year.


Some of the reasons behind the economic success of this once poor country:


Wise reforms made by Government: private pension funds were set up, retirement age was raised and social spending was cut. This, in turn, allowed Slowakian officials to cut taxes and introduce a flat tax (17% VAT, 17% Corporate Tax, 17% Income Tax).


Low taxation spurred foreign investment and an impressive growth (+10,4% GDP last year alone).


Perhaps it is time that some of the governments of Western Europe follow suit as well: cutting social and government spending in order to reduce taxes in the end creates much more wealth, not only for the already rich, but for the citizens themselves. Well done Slovakia!


Paolo Ruggeri

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19/05/2008

Over the last couple of days I was checking out some personnel analyses and I realized the importance conscientiousness has in personnel interview and hiring decisions.


"Conscientiousness", in final analysis, is responsability. People who score low on conscentiousness tend to be superficial in their jobs, pass off responsibilities, and are seldom very accurate. But, perhaps most important, their supervisor often ends up having to step over or around them, because they simply will not accept full responsibility for their assigned jobs.
 
People who score low on conscientiousness are one of the greatest sources of stress for business owners and managers. It is better to check people for conscientiousness before you allow them into your organization. You'll save yourself a great deal of pain and suffering.

Paolo Ruggeri

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16/05/2008

Recently I watched the DVD The Secret http://www.thesecret.tv/
It is asolutely a must see for anyone who is involved in managing people or companies. 

By watching it, you will learn a great deal about goals, how to reach them, personal motivation, enthusiasm, etc. Watch it yourself, and then show it to your employees as well. You'll see that the net effect will be spectacular. 

Paolo Ruggeri
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13/05/2008

Human capital is the basis of economic growth today.


Modern companies are like icebergs. The part above the water comprises the tangible (visible) capital of the company: buildings, equipment, machinery and even the cash on hand. Below the water we have the intangible (invisible) capital of the company: the knowledge the company possesses, the degree of engagement and enthusiasm of the employees, the internal climate, the reputation it has on the market.


Today the intangible capital is key. A company may be very strong on the tangible capital side, but if it is weak in intangible capital, it will struggle on the market. A company's people are the true owners of the intangible capital of the company: if you don't know how to manage them, if you aren't able to engage them in the company and keep them enthusiastic about what they are doing and why they are doing it, you'll encounter a lot of resistance on the market. 

To win these days, you need to work on the intangible capital of your company. 

Paolo Ruggeri

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11/05/2008

In October 2006 Stephen Covey gave us a presentation about leadership, synergy and people at the 2006 Mind Consulting yearly convention. Attacched you will find the slides of his presentation. 

Paolo Ruggeri

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11/05/2008

Last November Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence and Re-Imagine, held a presentation at the Mind Consulting yearly event.

Attacched you will fine the slides about Excellence in Management of a SME, Leadership and People

Paolo Ruggeri

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