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In Brazil, Celebrating Some Paradoxes

Grupo Simtnes has been part of Brazil’s Amazon environment for more than 65 years. It seems to thrive on two paradoxical principles:

“With eyes set to the future, but without neglecting its Amazonian roots…”

“A mysterious and fascinating region that asks not to be explained but to be understood…

“Differences are blown away by the winds in the daily chants performed by leaves and waters.

“Chants which govern [our family company]…conciliating ecology and development, technology and myths, future and ancestral past, modernity and primitivism.

“Encounters of opposites…which have guided the actions of Grupo Simtnes ever since its birth.”


New Chicago Mayor Faces Old Dilemmas and Paradox

After 22 years of Daley “Junior” family leadership, Chicago has a new mayor, Rahm Emanuel. One debate he faces is whether to focus on center city development to keep the neighborhoods relevant or to focus on the neighborhoods which will support the center city.

With the skill at dilemmas, polarities and paradoxes – so natural to family business leaders – he says,

“My duty is that I’d love us to get behind this stale debate of either/or… because there’s such synergy…

“I’m looking for cooperation that we can all win…

“There are win/win moments.”