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Danske Bank, Nordea and Swedbank have all recently been caught out conducting mega schemes that involved suspicious financial transactions revolving around Russia and other former Soviet countries. The Nordic banks, which according to the Financial Times were once seen as havens following the global financial crisis, are coming under growing pressure – both from their … Continue reading Give yourself a chance: Who pays the bill when large banks fail?
Amazon entered the Brazilian market six years ago, initially only selling books. The country’s most significant book chains sought legal help, with limited success, and Amazon flourished, eventually moving into other products. The truth is that bookstore owners had ignored the technology revolution and now they are paying the price. In 2015, the book market … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Modern retail stores do more than sell
When I started my company Biassa three years ago, like many foreigners who settle in Denmark, I was struggling to find my feet here. Getting proactive It all began when I started sharing content from my blog on LinkedIn, and a few companies approached me to ask how much I knew about the Brazilian business … Continue reading Give yourself a chance: Your master’s degree doesn’t mean much …
We are living in momentous times and on the verge of a great transformation in our society. If the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal implicating Facebook demonstrated anything of importance, it was not that Facebook has a lot of ‘eyes in the sky’. No, the biggest insight was how clueless the congressmen interrogating Mark Zuckerberg were. … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Can we still trust non-tech people to make the right decisions?
In 2016, I was tasked by a client to help them increase their sales and industry presence in the UK market, specifically with the top 200 fashion and apparel brands and retailers in the region. A huge challenge The challenge for me was, unlike in my home country of Brazil, a networking one. I only … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Structured system equals sales success
You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else will follow,” the Canadian author Charles De Lint once said. Quite, but is everyone given the time? Tennis as a toddler Tennis player Andre Agassi had a tough father who loved tennis. After failed ‘attempts’ to transform his eldest kids into tennis prodigies, Andre’s father was determined … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Developing inner strength
Time is finite but, unlike money, time is also replenished every second,” the entrepreneur and writer Seth Godin once said. So as I wish you ‘Happy New Year’, dear readers, here’s hoping you can reach all the goals you’ve set this coming year. Also I’d like to wish you all a year full of good … Continue reading Give yourself a chance: My new year resolution
“Sometimes I long to forget … It is painful to be conscious of two worlds,” opines Eva Hoffman in ‘Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language’. Travelling from Denmark to Brazil is a long journey, and unfortunately there are no direct flights for this route yet. Heathrow Airport, despite all the bad comments … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: How many homes do you have? I have two
I’ve heard so many times people claiming they want to be entrepreneurs. They want to have the ‘car of the year’ and have the freedom to choose where and with whom they spend their time. They want to live life as if it was a constant party every day. Comes at a cost Desiring things … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Give and take
Asger Aamund, your show could be so much better! Tired old stereotypes! I write to you as I have followed a DR TV series in which you partake on a journey to understand some of the reasons why Danish integration programs in this country have failed. You follow a handful of foreigners who are all … Continue reading Give yourself a chance: What about the successful foreigners, DR?
Have you ever heard of the term ‘social selling’? According to its practitioners, it’s a new way of selling that doesn’t need you to work ‘in sales’ or to be a sales expert. Your main focus could be human resources or accounting, but you can still socially sell. Either way, social selling is here to … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Carving your way into Denmark
Recently, a major Danish media vehicle hired a Syrian refugee as an intern and started a discussion about ‘How to make it in Denmark’. My impression was that the goal of its series of articles was to discuss whether Denmark offers enough opportunities for immigrants and refugees, and in general to bring more nuances to … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: To me integration means …
I have just finished watching a documentary about a Danish chef who is acclaimed in the title to be the world’s best. ‘Verdens Bedste Chef’ tells the story of Rasmus Kofoed (and his assistant) aspiring to win the biennial Bocuse d’Or – the culinary equivalent of the Olympics, the world championship in cooking. From a … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Drawing inspiration from the world’s best chef
Recently, over dinner with my wife, we were talking about the process of finding our true purpose in our working life. When talking to people, and digging a little deeper than the usual small talk, I have noticed that many have no idea about their purpose in life. Clarity about goals The upside of investing … Continue reading Give Yourself a Chance: Ideas to gain confidence and improve your self-esteem
My name is Carlos, a Brazilian happily living in Odense. I have a degree in business administration from PUC in Sao Paulo. I also studied economics for three years before deciding that the marginal cost of pursuing economics was higher than the marginal happiness derived from it. (That was a bad economics joke.) The big … Continue reading Give yourself a chance: Learning from experience