Jon Zehner: Prelude to Davos

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Jon-Zehner-JLL-96Here we are again in Davos for the 2015 edition of the World Economic Forum. Who would have guessed that the Governor of the Swiss Central Bank would have upstaged events by removing the Swiss Franc’s ceiling against the Euro? Maybe the whole event will be an anti-climax? I tend to doubt it. And besides, who will read our blogs if we present it that way?

I prefer to think of it as an auspicious prelude to several days of meetings with interesting people, provocative speeches and insightful dialogues. It feels as if we have dawn breaking in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana, with the lions roaring in the background having just padded through camp and the peregrine falcons diving on the huge, spiralling flocks of red-billed queleas. Breathtakingly beautiful with the thrill of the unknown for the upcoming day.

With any luck, the next few days will see all of the answers to the challenges facing the world become as clear as the view that one has staring out of the 44th floor windows in Chicago’s Aon Tower (LaSalle’s global headquarters), looking over Chicago and Lake Michigan (the other option being that we are completely enveloped by clouds and can’t see anything out of those 44th floor windows – it happens). The next few days will be interesting and I look forward to sharing the events with you as best I can.

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