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Sep 29, 2017
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At first blush, the U.S. Commerce Department's decision this week to slap a steep, 220 percent tariff on Bombardier Inc's C-Series jets probably looks like a win for the U.S. and its aerospace giant, Boeing Co. But tariffs don't really work like that, with a clear ledger of W's and L's, says the Smith School's Gary Cohen. "You have to look at the whole ecosystem," says Cohen. Read more...

Sep 27, 2017

If you’re good at your job and can do it comfortably, then you’re wasting company resources and should delegate, BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly S. King said Sept. 26, 2017, at the Smith School. "You need to disrupt yourself," he told faculty, staff and students at the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership. "Every function in the organization should be performed by the person who is least qualified, who can perform it effectively." Read more...

Sep 27, 2017

The worst performance review you ever had was the one where your boss told you that you’re doing great and don’t need to improve, BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly S. King said Sept. 26, 2017, at the Smith School. “The best thing you can do to help people grow and be successful and happy is to tell them the truth about how they can improve,” King told faculty, staff and students. Read more...

Sep 27, 2017

Kelly S. King works long hours with electronic currency as chairman and CEO of BB&T, one of the largest U.S. banks. So on the weekends he likes to put on old jeans and putter around his family’s North Carolina lake house. “I like to build things and plant things,” he said Sept. 26, 2017, at the Smith School. “It’s very tangible. Most of my work is very intangible.” Read more...

Sep 27, 2017
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How should the National Football League respond to a pro-Trump political action committee's "Turn Off the NFL" boycott? "The league needs to grab this ball and run it up the field," says the Smith School's Henry C. Boyd III. "The NFL can change the narrative, and that's what it needs to do here," says Boyd, a lawyer and marketing consultant whose clients have included the NFL. Read more...

Sep 27, 2017
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It seems like everyone is sounding the alarm lately about bitcoin and the ever-expanding world of cryptocurrencies. It's a fraud, says JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon. It's a bubble, says hedge fund founder Ray Dalio. And China recently banned some cryptocurrency activity. It's not surprising that people are raising concerns, says the Smith School's Joseph P. Bailey. Read more...

Sep 27, 2017

Call him old school, but BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly S. King believes in absolutes. “You should be absolutely 100 percent honest,” he told faculty, staff and students on Sept. 26, 2017, at the Smith School. “There are a lot of people in academia who will disagree with that, who will say there are no absolutes. They will tell you there is nothing that is really objective.” Read more...

Sep 26, 2017
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"It was predictable," the Smith School's Brent Goldfarb says of London's decision not to renew Uber's license to operate there. "What is notable," he added, "is that this probably would not have happened had Uber not had the troubles it had." What's next for Uber? Read more...

Sep 22, 2017
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It's not "game over" for Toys 'R' Us. Its filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week is more of a "timeout." And the Smith School's Jie Zhang, says that if the iconic toy retailer plays its cards right, it could end up a winner. Zhang explains what the country's last remaining toy specialty retailer must do now. Read more...

Sep 21, 2017

Ted LeonsisDuring his University of Maryland visit on Sept. 19, 2017, Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis shared lessons from his youth and career as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Here are six quotes from the inaugural Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series, made possible through a gift from Robert G. Hisaoka to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Smith School.Read more...

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