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Dangerous Jobs; Scale Confusion; Geopolitical Pushback

Dangerous Jobs French President Emmanuel Macron was reportedly slapped in the face by a disgruntled citizen near the city of Valence. That makes the job of U.S. Agriculture Secretary perhaps slightly less dangerous. In his new book, Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies, former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman recalls how he was perhaps once the “Most Assaulted Cabinet Member in History.” During his tenure in the 1990’s, the battle between GMO’s and organic and other food policy issues got people hot and bothered. He recalls the various food products thrown at him including, “organic seeds by naked men and women in Rome, bison guts in Montana and tofu pies in D.C.” Smal...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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