Amazing what anybody can achieve, irregardless of their handicaps / special gifts / challenges, when they put their mind to it.
A French man with multiple sclerosis skydived over Mount Everest Sunday, marking a milestone as the first disabled person to do so.
Marc Kopp, 55, successfully landed the 32,800-foot, tandem dive with his friend, champion skydiver Mario Gervasi, and was taken to a Kathmandu hospital by helicopter afterward as a safety precaution, Agence France-Presse reports.
“I hope my action will inspire others living with this illness. I hope many more will follow in my footsteps,” Kopp said.
The record jump required Kopp to travel by horse for several hours to reach the airstrip for the helicopter, forcing the MS-stricken diver to ditch his wheelchair. Kopp said the preparation was very “painful,” but he’s happy after the successful jump.
Got to wonder. Capitalism – Productive? Destructive? Both? Discuss 🙂
Everything from algorithmic trading in investments to lean manufacturing has been invented to drive up corporate profits. Following Gordon Gecko’s mantra, “Greed is good,” one has to wonder, if enterprises have gone through such creative measures to optimize everything and eke out new marginal efficiency, what can a modern company do to boost the bottom line? Look to the top performing net margin industries, of course.
Looking at the Fortune 500, the average net margins across the Fortune 500 were 7.28 percent with a median of 6.75 percent; however, the top two performing industries by net margin in 2011 were tobacco and software, with 21.50 percent and 19.88 percent, respectively. Clearly, tobacco and software maintain a wide gap when compared to these normative measures, and these numbers persisted through 2012.
Can companies in other industries incorporate tobacco or software into their business to boost margins?
Okay, so maybe not tobacco…
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A moment of silence please…..
A moment of silence please….. Advertisements