Nelson Mandela

Detecting the Scam



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Obama, Osama and Trump — And Nelson Mandela's Ghost

(May 7, 2011)


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About Michael Friedlander...

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Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1979, Michael worked as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then moved to London where he worked for an international trading company in its London and Zurich offices in the banking and financial sectors.

After moving to Los Angeles, he was admitted to the California Bar in 1979. Since then, his law work has focused on assisting clients in the negotiating and structuring of their transactions around the world. In the late 1990s, he ventured from the dark side and left the formal practice of law to explore life on the bright side—the world of business.

During these years, he saw first-hand some of the same ethical issues that confronted many of the modern senior executives who were involved directly and indirectly in the recent high-profile scams.

He also saw how the negotiation techniques of some of the most successful business executives and high-powered attorneys mirrored the basic principles that are laid out in the 10 Powers of Negotiation in his book. He also saw how they all followed the principles of The Duck School in applying some old-fashioned common sense to whatever they were doing. Was it a coincidence that they were so successful?

Before returning to the practice of law and entering the literary world, he served as Chief Executive Officer of an international music company and then as the Chief Executive Officer of an award-winning international architectural design firm. He now serves as Chief Executive Officer of Owl Strategic Consulting LLC.

Michael was born in South Africa and graduated with BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at McGill University in Montreal.

He has also done business in many of the most interesting cities around the world, including London, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Rome, Istanbul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Dubai, Mexico City, Caracas, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver - and a few others he's forgotten like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. He knows this might sound glamorous, but he assures us it was just really tiring...



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