You can’t look the troops in the eye and say, “It’s been a bad year, we can’t do anything for you,” but then say, “By the way, we’re going to pay ourselves a $1 million bonus.”
H. Ross Perot (1930–), US entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and politician.
Referring to his resignation from the General Motors board following GM’s decision to freeze profit-sharing payments to workers while going ahead with executive bonus payments.
Source: Quoted in Thriving on Chaos (Tom Peters, 1987)
This is an interesting video demonstration of a roller coaster track based on the Dow Jones Industrial Average from October 2007 to March 2009.
This chart shows real GDP growth from 1960 to 2006. The current economic crisis has dramatically impacted the current growth rates and has resulted in significant contraction. The relevance of this chart is seeing where the growth has been in the past in order to look into the future and see where growth will pick up and gain momentum as we enter an economic recovery period.
Viewing this chart reflects the following:
- The Euro Area has been on a long-term decline in growth. Entrepreneurship is stifled. What are the Europeans going to do to reverse this situation? How will they compete with North America and Asia?
- The US has consistently generated higher growth rates than the Euro Area, however, growth has slowed too. Big Government and higher taxes are going to limit growth and inhibit entrepreneurship.
- Latin America reflects a classic V curve. Plenty of room for future growth.
- Another classic V curve. Middle East hit hard by the decline in Crude Oil prices and the US losses of their Sovereign Wealth Funds.
- V curve with significant contraction at the bottom of the V.
- South Asia shows minor contraction followed by significant growth.
- Significant growth in East Asia & Pacific.
Bottom line? South East Asia & Pacific as a region – including China, India, and Japan – looks set for sustained growth in the long term.