Over 40? Rethink Your Next Triathlon

For men competing in triathlons past the age of 40, the grueling slog to the finish line could be their last.

As the average age of competitors in endurance sports rises, a spate of deaths during races or intense workouts highlights the risks of excessive strain on the heart through vigorous exercise in middle age.

Among the recent casualties: American Michael McClintock, senior managing director of Macquarie Group Ltd and a triathlete, who died at age 55 of cardiac arrest earlier this month after training.

The men’s 40-to-60-year age bracket – often referred to as middle aged men in Lycra, or Mamils – now holds 32 per cent of the membership in USA Triathlon, the sport’s official governing body in the US.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

The links between advancing age and deaths during gruelling exercise are strengthening.

See on www.smh.com.au

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The Emerging-Brand Battle

THE past 20 years have seen a massive redistribution of economic power to the emerging world. But so far there has been no comparable redistribution of brand power. Fortune magazine’s 2012 list of the largest 500 companies by sales revenue included 73 Chinese firms, more than from any other country except the United States, with 132. Yet Interbrand’s 2012 list of the 100 “best global brands” included not one Chinese firm.

However, in “Brand Breakout”, a new book, two academics, Nirmalya Kumar and Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, argue that developing-country firms are swiftly learning the art of branding. A few emerging-market brands have already gone global: it is hard to watch a football match in Europe without having “Emirates” burned onto your retina. More are on the way: Haier of China (white goods), Concha y Toro of Chile (wine), and Natura of Brazil (beauty products). Westerners feeling besieged by the rise of the developing world comfort themselves with the thought that they still hold the high ground of premium-priced branded goods. But they should be in no doubt that emerging-market contenders are mounting their warhorses and readying their battering-rams.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Western brands are coming under siege from developing-country ones

See on www.economist.com

Millennials vs. Earlier Generations: A Scorecard

In “The Millennial Stimulus Plan,” Derek Thompson examines the economic impact of millennials in a series of charts. “Millennials got a bad rap during the recession,” he writes, but “In the near future, these same young people may be the very ones to supercharge the recovery.” 

But how do millenials — lazy, entrepreneurial, or otherwise — compare to their forefathers? NowThis News, the social and mobile video news network, takes and “unscientific” look in the clip.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

A look at how today’s young people stack up against their parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents.(VIDEO)

See on www.theatlantic.com

CEOs Now Earn 273 Times the Average Worker’s Pay.

CEOs: They used to be just like us. Well, at least a lot more like us. Thirty years ago, the average chief executive of a large public company earned less than 30-times more than the typical worker. But today they rake in between 202 and 273-times the pay, as shown in the graph from a new Economic Policy Institute paper.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

A brief look at the last six decades of executive compensation.

See on www.theatlantic.com

Nelson Mandela Life Support Shut Down as Respected Humanitarian Dies Age 94

A reliable source has revealed that Nelson Mandela’s life support machine was shut down and he has died in hospital aged 94. According to the source, the iconic Mandela died last night while he was still in hospital for the recurring lung infection that left him in critical condition for several days.

Rumours have flooded the newspapers and the internet with several sources reporting his death days earlier in a cruel attempt to fool the public and to upset the many people who have respect for this great humanitarian. The loss of the great man will be felt across the world.

See on guardianlv.com

Lessons from Mavericks: Staying Big by Acting Small

In an era in which scale-based leadership is both less durable and less valuable than it once was, many large corporations find themselves looking over their shoulders for the next disruption—the iPhone equivalent that could reshape their industry. In many cases, these disruptions come from mavericks—small outlier companies that think and act differently from incumbents.

A group of strategists met recently in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the emerging theory and practice of outlier strategy. The conference featured a “Meet the Mavericks” panel discussion in which four outliers described their experiences in successfully challenging incumbents.

Common to all four companies, the discussion revealed, is that they built a significant and profitable business by changing the way their industry operates. Here are some insights on what large companies can and should learn from outliers.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Mavericks—small outlier companies that think and act differently from incumbents—have much to teach large, established players about competing successfully in today’s business environment.

See on www.bcgperspectives.com