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‘Corporate Escape’ – digital book ‘Anniversary Giveaway’ for every financial sector professional

By Maite Barón, CEO, The Corporate Escape™

Maite Baron

Maite Baron

The Corporate Escape™ is one year old today. To commemorate this we’re giving away to every reader a digital version (Kindle or iPad) of ‘Corporate Escape: the Rise of the New Entrepreneur’. While this is invaluable reading for anyone in the banking industry, so badly hit by the recession, the fresh thinking it contains will also help the most seasoned professional, even if they’re not thinking of leaving their corporate job right now. So download your copy now.

Do you ever wonder whether you’re in the right job? Do you ever consider how you could get out of the rat race, but stop yourself, because you don’t know what you’d do next? Then you’ll want to read ‘Corporate Escape: the rise of the New Entrepreneur’. Written by Global Banking and Financial Review Contributor, Maite Barón, it’s packed with ideas and innovative thinking on how you can get out – and we’ve got Kindle and iPad versions to give away but, so as to give readers in different time zones around the world their chance to get a copy – only for the next 48 hours.

Longer hours, more pressure, less reward – life’s never been harder for corporate employees in the banking and finance sectors. The situation is even worse if you’re 40+ facing ever keener competition from young ‘Millennials’. Then, should you end up redundant, finding your way back in is getting harder and harder.

But even when you know all this, it’s still easier to try and ‘tough it out’, doing a job you no longer enjoy, because you just don’t know what the alternative is that could give you a better work-life balance, as well as the lifestyle you’re used to. After reading Corporate Escape you will.

Written to help frustrated, disillusioned and unhappy executives faced with exactly that dilemma, Corporate Escape encapsulates Maite’s 14 years’ experience of coaching and training within corporate organisations both in the UK and across Europe.

Not surprisingly it’s packed with a wealth of innovative strategies, thought-provoking stories, insightful case studies, and action-focused exercises that are going to set you thinking in new ways … something that Maite believes is particularly important.

“One of the major reasons that good, talented people stay where they are,” says Maite, “is because their ‘old’ thinking makes them hostage to their past. So they end up defining themselves only by what they’ve done before. ”

“In other words, you think that because you’ve been in banking and finance most of your career, you have to stay in banking and finance for the rest of it. That’s not true, and by reading Corporate Escape you’ll find plenty of ways in which you can change your ‘corporate thinking’ into another far more productive mindset … that of ‘New Entrepreneur’. ”

“This is the era of the post-corporate employee, equipped with the skills, the ambition and the emotional resilience to survive and thrive on their own, in whatever direction they choose to go in.”

So, if you too are feeling restless and unfulfilled, there’s never been a better time to escape the rat race and leave the relentless, unforgiving pressure, and mind-numbing commutes behind.

New technologies, and the growth of niche markets filled with enthusiastic buyers, are all on your side. Add in the growing signs of economic recovery, and this isn’t the time to sit around thinking about doing something different, it’s the time to be taking action to actually do something different. And reading Corporate Escape could be your first step towards creating a new and more rewarding future.

“The finance and banking sector is still fragile,” says Maite. “Job cuts are still going on – the CBI estimates that 130,000+ have been forced out since the 2008 crisis began while US analysts are predicting another 100,000 jobs to go on Wall Street over the next 18 months. The reality is that redundancy can still hit unexpectedly and if that happens to you then you won’t have any time to plan.

“By reading Corporate Escape, you’ll start to see that you do have choices. And by making decisions that ‘feel right’, you remain in control not having to work to somebody else’s agenda.

“Even if you’re not ready to get out right now, planning your escape ahead of time can be one of the wisest moves you make, because it gives you ‘breathing space’, and there’s a lot you can do in six or eight months … even just three. And if you are prepared for the ‘what if’, then whatever comes next, you can handle it.”

It doesn’t matter whether you’re thinking about a new career entirely, are experiencing redundancy or are looking to draw on your experience and interests to set up a successful business – The Corporate Escape™ can help you reinvent your future productively and effectively.

The future of work is already here. Make sure you keep ahead of the game by downloading your free Kindle or iPad version here (http://maitebaron.com/ln/gbf/book-giveaway/)

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Bitcoin, ether hit fresh highs

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit a fresh high in Asian trading on Saturday, extending a two-month rally that saw its market capitalisation cross $1 trillion a day earlier.

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency rose to an record $56,620, taking its weekly gain to 18%. It has surged more than 92% this year.

Bitcoin’s gains have been fuelled by evidence it is gaining acceptance among mainstream investors and companies, such as Tesla Inc, Mastercard Inc and BNY Mellon.

Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and daily volume, hit a record $2,040.62, for a weekly gain of about 12%.

Ether is the digital currency or token that facilitates transactions on the ethereum blockchain. In the crypto world, the terms ether and ethereum have become interchangeable.

Ether futures contracts launched on derivatives exchange CME earlier this month.

(Reporting by Vidya Ranganathan; Editing by William Mallard)

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World Bank pushing for standard vaccine contracts, more disclosure from makers

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By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Bank is working to standardize COVID-19 vaccine contracts that countries are signing with drug makers, and is pushing manufacturers to be more open about where doses are headed, as it races to get more vaccines to poor countries, the bank’s president said on Friday.

World Bank President David Malpass told Reuters he expected the bank’s board to have approved $1.6 billion in vaccine funding for 12 countries, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Ethiopia, by the end of March, with 30 more to follow shortly thereafter.

The bank is working with local governments to identify and fill gaps in distribution capacity, after they purchase vaccines under a $12 billion World Bank program, and also to standardize the contracts they are signing with manufacturers, he said.

The bank’s International Finance Corp, its private financing arm, has $4 billion to invest in expanding existing production plants or building new ones, including in developed countries, but needs more data on where current production is headed, he said.

“We are eager to be investing in new capacity, but it’s hard to do because you don’t know how much of the existing capacity is already committed to the various off-takers,” Malpass said in an interview with Reuters. New or expanded plants could be used to produce other types of vaccinations in the future, he said.

The bank’s funds could be used to expand plants in advanced economies, if the production was earmarked for developing nations, he said.

Malpass welcomed Friday’s pledge by the Group of Seven rich countries to intensify cooperation on the pandemic, saying it could help jump-start deliveries of vaccines to poorer countries, which are lagging far behind rich countries in getting shots in arms.

Data compiled by Our World In Data, a scientific online publication, showed Israel was leading the world in COVID-19 vaccinations, with nearly 82 of 100 people vaccinated, while India and Bangladesh reported less than one person per 100, Many African countries have not started at all.

Malpass said he was heartened by news about new vaccines coming down the road, and about Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE seeking permission to store their vaccine at higher temperatures, which would ease another obstacle to deliveries in lower-income countries.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Heather Timmons and Leslie Adler)

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By Paresh Dave

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will evaluate the performance of its vice presidents and above on team diversity and inclusion starting this year, the company said on Friday in one of several responses to concerns about its treatment of a Black scientist.

Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google’s ethical artificial intelligence research team, said in December that Google abruptly fired her after she criticized its diversity efforts and threatened to resign.

Alphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai ordered a review of the situation. While Google declined to share specific findings, the company announced on Friday it will engage human resources specialists during sensitive employee departures.

Pichai in June said that by 2025, Google aims to have 30% more of its leaders come from underrepresented groups, with a focus on Black, Latinx and Native American leaders in the United States and female technical leaders globally. About 96% of Google’s U.S. leaders at the time were white or Asian, and 73% globally were men.

As a result of the investigation, the company also expanded a commitment announced in June to devote more resources to retaining and promoting existing employees, including by expanding a team addressing disputes among workers and their managers.

The diversity component of executive performance reviews was not previously announced, and the company did not immediately share details about what would be measured and how pay would be affected.

Alphabet for years had rejected proposals from shareholders and employees to set diversity goals and tie executive pay to them.

Irene Knapp, a former Google employee who advocated for one such proposal at a 2018 shareholder meeting, said on Friday, “I am pleased that they met our demand from 2018, which was a bare minimum that should have been easy to do immediately.”

Evaluating managers on diversity goals is becoming more commonplace. McDonald’s Corp on Thursday tied executive bonuses to diversity.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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