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VAL 2016 | Affärstidskriften Fortune har titta på hur Donald Trump har agerat som affärsman och vad detta indikerar om han skulle bli president.

Fortune- 1 May 2016

En av de fem aspekter man granskade fick rubriken ”He thinks he’s great at everything”. Shawn Tully och Roger Parloff skrev så här:

Unlike most real estate titans, Trump has never stuck to real estate. He has frequently attempted to acquire and operate companies in industries outside his expertise. Several executives who worked for Trump, all of whom declined to speak on the record because they fear his wrath, say they were constantly warned by managers who knew him best that “Donald’s ego is so big, he believes he can run anything.”

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His buccaneering style was especially misplaced in gambling, an industry that’s extremely cyclical. While his rival Steve Wynn stuck to gaming and retrenched when he anticipated downturns, Trump never thought Atlantic City would do anything but boom—failing to foresee the threat from the spread of gaming to neighboring states.

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The same approach is evident in Trump’s latest quest in politics. He clearly thinks he’s not just the best candidate for the job but also the best at running a major presidential campaign. “I’m the strategist,” he recently bragged to New York magazine, explaining that he has been the architect of his unorthodox campaign and unexpected political success. Once again, though, Trump might not know quite as much as he thinks he does.

Läs mer: ”Donald Trump In His Own Words: Atlantic City to the White House” – hela intervjun med Trump i Fortune.

Tidskriftsomslag: Fortune (europeiska utgåvan) den 1 maj 2016.

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LEDARSKAP Tidskriften Fortune utsåg 2014 Bill Clinton till en av ”The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. Han passade även på att dela med sig av sina erfarenheter.

Fortune April 7 2014

”From the adults in my extended family I learned that everybody has a story but not everyone can tell it.” Denna lärdom påminner om hela hans presidentskap.

Att vara president är ofta en kontinuerlig form av krishantering. Och Clinton hade en otrolig förmåga att kommunicera med amerikanska folket på ett sätt som hans motståndare aldrig lyckades med.

Även i motgång hade han en otrolig förmåga att övertyga väljarna om att han åtminstone var bättre än sina kritiker. Och det är ofta allt en bra politiker behöver. Allt annat följer på detta.

Här är Clinton om ledarskap:

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership means bringing people together in pursuit of a common cause, developing a plan to achieve it, and staying with it until the goal is achieved. If the leader holds a public or private position with other defined responsibilities, leadership also requires the ability to carry out those tasks and to respond to unforeseen problems and opportunities when they arise. It is helpful to be able to clearly articulate a vision of where you want to go, develop a realistic strategy to get there, and attract talented, committed people with a wide variety of knowledge, perspectives, and skills to do what needs to be done. In the modern world, I believe lasting positive results are more likely to occur when leaders practice inclusion and cooperation rather than authoritarian unilateralism. Even those who lead the way don’t have all the answers.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership means bringing people together in pursuit of a common cause, developing a plan to achieve it, and staying with it until the goal is achieved. If the leader holds a public or private position with other defined responsibilities, leadership also requires the ability to carry out those tasks and to respond to unforeseen problems and opportunities when they arise. It is helpful to be able to clearly articulate a vision of where you want to go, develop a realistic strategy to get there, and attract talented, committed people with a wide variety of knowledge, perspectives, and skills to do what needs to be done. In the modern world, I believe lasting positive results are more likely to occur when leaders practice inclusion and cooperation rather than authoritarian unilateralism. Even those who lead the way don’t have all the answers.

Tidskriftsomslag: Fortune den 7 april 2015.

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USA | Alla politiker har sina svaga punkter. Och även med bra kampanjstrateger är det svårt att helt dölja detta i en lång och utdragen valrörelse.

Ekonomitidskriften Fortune har fokuserat på Barack Obamas och Mitt Romneys ekonomiska budskap och hur man tänker lösa landets problem.

Tony Newmyer skriver om Barack Obama och hans planer inför nästa mandatperiod och hur dessa planer har påverkat valkampanjen så här långt.

Reflecting on his first term in an interview with CBS last month, Obama said he had made a mistake. He had thought, he said, ”that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.” It’s odd that such a masterful storyteller forgot to tell a story. Bogged down in legislative wrangling, he frequently neglected his most powerful tool: his ability to go over the heads of the fractious Beltway crowd and take his case directly to the American people. He had run on a pledge to end an era of crippling partisanship, and he had won the White House with a huge army of volunteers. The care and feeding of that ground force shifted to the Democratic National Committee once Obama took office, but the party never quite figured out how to translate the popular energy that inspired his campaign into an instrument to advance his legislative agenda.

It’s an error Obama is determined not to repeat if he wins a second term. To that end, his team is prepping a major post-election mobilization to preserve the campaign’s momentum and keep the heat on Congress during the budget talks. The plan is to retain about 150 of the campaign’s sharpest operatives on payroll, deployed across the country to organize grass-roots support behind the President’s agenda, people briefed on the plan say. ”Whether you’re organizing people to vote or organizing people to try to encourage their representative to support or oppose something, it’s the same thing,” says one, who wasn’t authorized to discuss internal deliberations on the record.

And Obama appears poised to match that tactical gambit with a new toughness at the negotiating table.

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When you observe the race, it’s difficult not to notice the gap between the specificity with which Obama’s economic team in the White House is thinking through second-term scenarios and the vague treatment the next four years are getting on the trail. ”I have to believe, and this surprises me, that the Obama team has concluded their economic narrative is not strong enough to sustain their campaign,” says Bill Galston, who was a senior adviser to President Clinton. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and a former adviser to Obama, warns, ”It matters what he campaigns on, because you can’t claim a mandate for doing things unless you talk about them in the election.”

I samma nummer skriver David Whitford och Doris Burke om bl.a. Mitt Romneys otydlighet när det gäller hans planer vid en eventuell valseger.

Romney’s critics complain that he’s not saying enough. That he’s long on grand gestures — rein in the federal government, unshackle the private sector, restore America’s greatness — but short on specifics. The critics are not wrong. Romney says, for instance, that he favors lowering tax rates but preserving current tax revenue. He says he can achieve that by ”broadening the tax base” — Washington-speak for closing loopholes and fiddling with deductions. But closing what and fiddling how?

A bipartisan research team at the Tax Policy Center (TPC) in Washington ran the numbers and concluded that ”any revenue-neutral individual income tax change that incorporates the features Gov. Romney has proposed would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers.” Some voters will think that’s great — just not the voters Romney still needs.

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Assuming Romney really does have a plan to pull off this feat of fiscal wizardry, he’s keeping the details to himself.

That’s basically been the Romney campaign strategy: the less said the better. It makes obvious political sense, and not just because the candidate, as we’ve seen repeatedly, doesn’t do himself any favors when he goes off script. The economy is weak, unemployment is high, consumer confidence is low, and an alarming (for President Obama) nearly two-thirds of the electorate is dissatisfied with the direction the country is going. Maybe all Romney has to do to beat Obama is not be Obama.

I gathered as much during a Romney bus tour in June that wound through half a dozen Northern battleground states. Along the way I did meet some hard-core Romney backers, but they were the exceptions. At a rally in Troy, Ohio, Zelda Hockaday, 75, a retired lab technician and former Newt Gingrich supporter, told me, ”I’m not sure yet,” when I asked her why she was supporting Romney. ”That’s what I came to find out. The main thing is, he’s opposing Obama.”

Läs mer: I samma nummer kan man även läsa ”Hey, Washington: Enough Already”. Artikeln är tidskriftens förslag på hur man skulle kunna lösa problemen i ekonomin. På nätet finns också den fullständiga intervjun med Mitt Romney.

Bild: Tidskriftsomslaget är Fortune den 3 september 2012.

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TIDSKRIFT: Alan Brinkley har skrivit en biografi om skaparen av tidskrifterna Time, Fortune och Life.

Ett längre utdrag av boken The Publisher – Henry Luce and His American Century kan man läsa i Vanity Fair (maj 2010, men tyvärr endast i pappersutgåvan). 

”Just out of Yale, Henry Luce and Briton Hadden staked their golden-boy reputations on a presumptuous, prophetic challenge to a recession-weakened media establishment.”

Time was attractive to them because it captured something of the dual purpose of their enterprise – to chronicle the passage of time and to save readers precious time. They also experimented with various subtitles, using such words as ”chronicle” and ”digest” and ”weekly-newspaper”, but they finally settled on a term of their own invention: ”news-magazine”. (The hyphen disappeared in the late 20s.) It reflected [Briton] Hadden’s delight in creating new compound words and phrases.

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