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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Risk appetite

Are we wasting a good crisis?

Allegedly, Winston Churchill came up with the phrase "never let a good crisis go to waste". Quora: "Churchill was referring to Yalta and the alliance forged between himself, Stalin and Roosevelt, an unlikely trio that would lead to the formation of the United Nations, creating opportunities in the midst of a crisis." Some might argue that the WHO is working on a...

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Dutch PM: “What more can I do??”

At last Friday's press conference, the Dutch PM asked his citizens: "What more can I do??" His pathetic remark triggered me to prepare a response. I've little to no confidence that it will change anything. I do hope that my response will embolden my readers into thinking: "Yesssss, I'm not alone in my view". Please find below my alternative plan for a Covid-19...

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You bring out the worst in me

Some people bring out the best in you (video by Gladys Knight). For some people, you want to be a better man (video by Paolo Nutini). For some people, you'll never be good enough (video by Citizen Soldier). Sometimes, people bring out the worst in you (see video below). Recently, I met her. This also explains my recent blog: How can something be so right AND so...

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Why our risk appetite is decreasing

Last weekend, the Dutch Financial Times featured two articles both related to risk appetite (article 1, article 2, my blogs). When combined, these articles argue that our risk appetite is decreasing following (i) our (increasing) demand for control, (ii) our (increasing) fear of failure, and (iii) our belief that a "malleable society" is feasible. I had to digest on...

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Flattening the curve

Flattening the curve

Flattening the curve may feel as the desired strategy of countries and sometimes even as a successful one. However, flattening the curve is the only choice governments have given their limited healthcare capacity, Usually, the best way for controlling viruses (eg, flu) is by letting them rage, like a wildfire. Unfortunately, Covid-19 causes severe medical...

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Family-owned companies

In 1602, a global watershed moment took place when the Dutch East India Company was founded. From that moment, ownership, management and capital (ie, funding) were no longer in one (family) hand. However, little has changed over the past 400 years. Family-owned companies are still the majority of all businesses worldwide. Why? The most logical explanation is that...

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