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"You asked for it". 
21st-Jul-2008 01:48 pm
Han Solo's smile
Dear guests, 

in response to popular demand, I have had a translation done of my latest thesis on the innovation economy in Russia. The text is available on my page: http://www.mprokhorov.com/documents/ProkhorovspeachFinal020708.pdf.


21st-Jul-2008 05:26 pm (UTC) - Re: ИМХО
Said with all due respect to you - there is no assurance that the native language will be the one that a person speaks to perfection either,unless the individual is a graduate from linguistical specialty. I see it daily on your TV. Yes, yes... I do watch NTV daily and the quality of the language that I observe there coming from journalists is not at par to say the least.
Don't scold MDP and his team - everyone makes mistakes. Are these typal and/or grammar errors the most bothering issue that you can see in his presentation ? Because I see others that will have more profound effects. :)

On a more brighter note to MDP - Although I have some observations on your presentation, it is great to see information brought together with a smile. :)
23rd-Jul-2008 04:35 am (UTC) - GOOD QUESTION!!!
"...One gobal society contains many different customs, traditions and religions. Where can it find shared values that wouldhold it together?"
23rd-Jul-2008 11:44 pm (UTC) - Re: GOOD QUESTION!!!
What is the answer according to you? :):):)
Maybe the proper subsequent questions should be :
-How did the idea resurface and is it designed to benefit a wide population?
-Do we distinguish between the excellence of the idea and the viciousness of its implementation?
Figuratively speaking: Yes, there is a connection between the movement of the wings of a butterfly in Texas and the formations of tornados in vast parts of the world.:)
25th-Jul-2008 02:41 am (UTC) - Re: GOOD QUESTION!!!
Hello Anonymous,
Yes, a very good question, but here think of America (the melting pot)as having been the model for this society "containing many different customs, traditions, and religions..shared values to hold it together". The model has been pretty successful, that is until the past 8 or so years when immigration got out of control. But here's one answer to the question for the time being. Let's hope we can do much better with the desired "global" society. Have a good night and best wishes :)


Edited at 2008-07-25 02:48 am (UTC)
26th-Jul-2008 11:51 pm (UTC) - Re: GOOD QUESTION!!!
USA is indeed a melting pot, but has the unity and stability provided by the sound and functional executive,legislative and judicial systems. The world as a whole will never come even remotely close to this point of functioning as a coherent well-oiled machine, unfortunately. :)
27th-Jul-2008 10:18 am (UTC) - WHY NOT!?
"...The world as a whole will never come even remotely close to this point of functioning...."

Interesting, and what is preveting us from it really!?
27th-Jul-2008 03:46 pm (UTC) - Re: WHY NOT!?
How do you envision its organization - legal, economic, social etc...?
Every entity needs a coordination center. How do you imagine its creation in a world where several countries are struggling to attain superiority and the rest are fighting off their aggression ?:) It does not look neither like sound organization nor like harmonious fit for the future. :)
I am eager to hear your ideas.
3rd-Aug-2008 09:32 pm (UTC) - about Conventional Thinking
"Every entity NEEDS a coordination center" - and why you think it's like this?

"...a world where several countries are struggling to attain superiority..." - this is just 'symptoms'.
We need to know what is origins of this 'straggle'. Without deep understanding of that, all attempts will be just temporary fix.
4th-Aug-2008 03:02 pm (UTC) - Re: about Conventional Thinking
I would not mind hearing more of your ideas on all that. Could you add some details, please. Because without seeing the scheleton of your thoughts on it, all of it sounds like just mere words.
Sorry, did not mean to offend you.
6th-Aug-2008 08:50 pm (UTC) - Re: about Conventional Thinking
Hello Anonymous,
"What are the origins of this struggle?" Why the easy answer to this is human nature-you're going to have the leaders and you're going to have the followers, the "leaders" being people of the nations that have the most resources. That's just how it goes. So in order to get the highest level of agreement among the leaders and the followers you need some kind of neutral ground, or "coordination center" as B was talking about. Think of The United Nations (while imperfect)as the closest thing to the model for this coodination center. But I'm eager to hear your ideas too :) Take care.

10th-Aug-2008 02:27 pm (UTC) - Re: about Conventional Thinking
Hello Heather,
What do you think about M.D. Prokhorov as a leader?
10th-Aug-2008 06:39 pm (UTC) - Re: about Conventional Thinking part 2
Hello there Anonymous,
Overall, I think Mr. P has proven himself to be a fantastic leader. He obviously has an eye for predicting the trends of his business ventures as well as their markets and knows how to use these trends (whether good or bad) to his advantage. He takes a lot of big risks and shows no outward fear in doing so which I think is remarkable as it obviously takes a great deal of thought and pre-planning to pull these off. And having worked with the same business partner for 16+ years says that he is a teamplayer and that he does have what it takes to carry on an effective working relationship with someone else. All of these characteristics have given him lots of resources, power, and influence over the years and it's made him an extremely influential and effective leader in his country and he's even managed to make his name known to the world. But on an international scale, having a lot of power and resources alone will not guarantee success. One has to know the customs and ways of other cultures/nations and be able to work effectively with those cultures as we've all seen the results of outright dictatorships (by dictators who tried to force their ways and their ways only on their subjects). I think that if any good Russian leader (or oligarch) can make it on an international scale, it's Mr. P :) The one thing that I think would increase his influence on an international scale would be in the area of personal relations and making sure to apply the appropriate customs for each country that his companies expand into. One example is when giving talks, he should smile a little bit more and make the speeches less "hurried" and more slower and confident. The stage is a big opportunity for a leader to shine. A good body language reader (like myself) saw that his posture was perfect but his voice sounded as if he was uncomfortable up at the podium during some of his past speeches. However, I watched his July 2nd Moscow business congress speech and he looked a great deal more confident and "personable"-he spoke a bit slower but he still could have smiled more and added some elements of humor in order to appear even more personable to his audience. Internationally, people respond to personability or in other words, how important their leader makes THEM feel. How can the leader relate to those he's trying to influence? Not too many people are going to find influential a leader who is not very personable or warm or who doesn't make them feel important. And I personally find his smile to be one of his best attributes, so he ought to use it in his business relations with others more than he currently does :)
Another way to be sure to make the folks he's trying to influence even more influenced by him is to think of not only the big things but the "little" ones as well. In fact, it's the small things that make people feel the most important/good about our leader. An example in my mind of how to apply this is for him to make sure to show gratitute and personability to those who do something for him/give him a gift. This showing of gratitude can be something as small as taking a bit of time to personally thank (via a little thank you email or hand-written note (for extra brownie points) to each person) the people who go out of their way to send him gifts whether real or virtual regardless of the occasion. On an international scale, some countries find it customary to personally thank the person who gave the gift. In most countries (especially in the US) a general thank you without addressing specific people or no acknowledgement at all will not cut it-the "givers" will end up not feeling very good about their "receiving" leader. Also when giving a powerpoint presentation, it is customary in most countries to have at the end of the presentation a slide thanking each of your team members/collaborators for their contributions to your work.
But aside from these "personability" areas, I think he's a great leader as well as a fine specimen of a man. But if he expands on his leadership skills by applying these "personability" strategies, then internationally I think he will be unstoppable. Well here are my thoughts, what are yours? Enjoy your day and best wishes,

Edited at 2008-08-10 10:56 pm (UTC)
21st-Aug-2008 09:40 am (UTC) - Re: WHY NOT!?
"...The world as a whole will never come even remotely close to this point of functioning...."

Interesting, and what is preveting us from it really!?

-I personally think it is greed and corruption.
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