Some Entrepreneurs Never Learn to Manage Growth

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. They run into difficulty when their business reaches the $1-2 million annual sales range, or their employee count exceeds 5-10.
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Office Rents in Asia Pacific Hold Steady in Q2 (Jones Lang LaSalle)

Companies are looking at more creative ways to fit more people in their current space and overall rental increases are being impacted by deals being agreed with rental caps in place. Jones Lang LaSalle’s market experts have shared their expectations for the office leasing markets in Asia Pacific in the second quarter of 2012. In the markets that were experiencing office rental declines in previous quarters, the teams are anticipating a slowdown in the rate of decline, for example a three to four percent fall in Grade A office rents this quarter in Hong Kong compared to an actual 6.3 per cent decline in the first quarter. Similarly, in Singapore a fall of three percent is anticipated by the end of the current quarter, compared to an actual 5.2 percent decline in Q1 2012

Malaysia’s Summer of Discontent?

During elections, people tend to be more inspired to voice their opinions on politics, governance, and democracy. Campaigning hasn’t officially started in Malaysia, but it’s encouraging to see that ordinary citizens have been so aggressive in recent weeks in pushing for various government reforms.

Asia needs clean energy to power sustainable and inclusive growth

Balancing sustainable development with high rates of economic growth requires agreement on a new energy compact for Asia and the Pacific, the top United Nations Asia-Pacific official told a forum of sector policymakers here today.

Clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops affect trade

Clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops near the disputed Preah Vihear temple have affected trade and tourism businesses in the area, as about Bt50 million ($1.67 million) in revenue would be lost during the first few weeks, said Thanawat Palavichai, director of the Economic and Business Forecast Centre at the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

Bangkok Building damage estimated $1.25 billion

Bangkok stands to lose an estimated 30-40 billion baht in property damages after more than 30 buildings including CentralWorld and Big C in the Ratchadamri area were torched by anti-government protesters who were enraged after their leaders surrendered to police.

Thailand’s credit ratings at risk

Thailand’s creditworthiness risks a downgrade unless long-term political divisions are resolved, say rating agencies.

Business as usual despite more holidays

Many government agencies will operate as usual today, tomorrow and Friday, to minimise the effect on businesses and individuals suffering from transport-related problems and office relocations to avoid central Bangkok’s violence.