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Brazil in Catharsis – The Need for Political and Social Reform

With Operation Car Wash, the corruption investigation that has taken over Brazil, the country is boiling both politically and economically. As I predicted in my December article “Odebrecht and The Plea Bargain that May Change Brazil,” the revelations from the testimony of Odebrecht S.A., a Brazilian construction company, generated a hecatomb in the country. It revealed 30 years of an unrestrained and corrupt relationship between public authorities and the private …Read More

Brazil’s Next Crisis: Temer’s Government May Not Survive

“Men shut their doors against a setting sun,” wrote Shakespeare in Timon of Athens. It is a fitting dictum for governments nearing the end of their terms or becoming lame ducks. Brazil’s President Michel Temer is in a similar situation now, and recently saw three clear signs of his support dwindling as yet another internal crisis hit his government: 1. Congress approved financial assistance to state governments without enacting pre-conditions …Read More

Odebrecht and The Plea Bargain That May Change Brazil

While attending a political event in the 1990s, then-Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso came across Sebastião Camargo, founder of Camargo Correa – one of the country’s biggest construction and civil engineering firms. Cardoso had not been expecting to find Camargo there, so he exclaimed: “What a surprise to see you here Sebastião!” Camargo promptly replied: “Not at all, Mr. President. We are always here, you guys are the ones who …Read More

How To Say ‘No’ Without Fear

It doesn’t need to be difficult. The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question, “What’s the best way to say ‘no’ at work?” is written by Arthur Pinheiro Machado, CEO of Americas Trading Group. No matter how much experience you have, or where you are in the …Read More

Degree Inflation is Increasing Economic Inequality

Today, we are seeing better qualified candidates for jobs, as more people go to university and more students and professionals are seeking advanced degrees. We are also familiar with the damage caused by inflation, a monetary phenomenon that occurs when an independent boost to the money in circulation finds a limited stock of products. The major adverse effect of this is that purchasing power shrinks. But something quite new, and …Read More

Is now a good time to invest in Brazil?

One year ago, Dilma Rousseff was Brazil’s president; Guido Mantega was finance minister; Eduardo Paes was Mayor of Rio and held majority support; Eduardo Cunha was speaker of the House; and Renan Calheiros chaired the Senate. Today, Rousseff has been impeached;  Mr. Mantega arrested and investigated in connection with Operation Car Wash; the candidate backed by Mr. Paes as his successor lost the municipal election in Rio; Mr. Cunha was …Read More

Degree Inflation is Increasing Economic Inequality

Today, we are seeing better qualified candidates for jobs, as more people go to university and more students and professionals are seeking advanced degrees. We are also familiar with the damage caused by inflation, a monetary phenomenon that occurs when an independent boost to the money in circulation finds a limited stock of products. The major adverse effect of this is that purchasing power shrinks. But something quite new, and …Read More

Arthur Pinheiro Machado analyzes the role of Entrepreneurial States in Open Lecture

On July 25th, Brazilian Entrepreneur, Arthur Machado, discussed the role of the State as an entrepreneurial agent in the open lecture “Entrepreneurship in a Conservative Culture: The Art of Swimming Against the Current”. Being an innovator in the public sector and how entrepreneurs can cope with the challenges were some of the debates Machado and the public had in the class, held at Columbia Law School, in Columbia University (New …Read More

Entrepreneurship in a conservative culture: the art of swimming against the current

Open Lecture with Brazilian entrepreneur Arthur Pinheiro Machado at Columbia Law School, Columbia University, New York. Entrepreneurship is associated with the ability to see beyond the everyday, to solve problems, and to make decisions with skill and creativity. According to political scientist and economist Joseph Schumpeter, entrepreneurs are not necessarily motivated by profit, but regard it as a standard for measuring achievement or success. However, not all societies support entrepreneurship. Conservative …Read More

What Every New Manager Needs To Know To Be Successful

These days, they’re overwhelmed with too much information. The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: How do you prepare for a management role? is written by Arthur Pinheiro Machado, CEO of Americas Trading Group. As a manager, you not only gain additional decision-making responsibilities, but you …Read More