I have to admit from the outset to a certain bias when it comes to this post. Of all the presentations that I covered from this year's World Business Forum New York, it was Michael Porter’s speech on Creating Shared Value that I took most away from and personally feel has the biggest implications for business.
Taking the stage to close the first day of the World Business Forum New York, Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of State who served eight U.S. presidents, gave a recipe for leadership that crosses public and private lines. According to Gates, leadership today is “hard to quantify and comes in many guises”. His experience as the former President of Texas A&M and the now Chancellor of The College of William and Mary, as well as his time spent on Capitol Hill has certainly given him a wide range of encounters with influential leaders.
Real leadership, according to Gates is a rare commodity. “As Al Capone once said ‘You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone.’” Based on his experience in the government as well as four decades of public life, we share with you Gates’ guidelines to leading effective change.
Tomorrow, October 2nd, marks the start of the 9th annual World Business Forum New York, the world’s premiere business event bringing together the most innovative ideas as told by industry leaders, academics leading their field, and the practitioners changing the way we do business.
Read on for the content and information to get you ready for the event!
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My first job was as a lifeguard at my summer swim club, Vienna Woods. What I wouldn’t do now to trade in my office attire for sunglasses, a tan, and a Diet Coke, sitting up on the lifeguard stand with a whistle around my neck.
We would like to start off the conversation with a collection of firsts from your friends here at WOBI. Enjoy!