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Interview with Strategic Futurist Nancy Giordano

Interview by Mike Parker

“We’re at the front-end of a giant technological wave, which doesn’t just change our processes, but will change the whole nature of work for huge factions of society.”

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How Millennials See Meetings Differently

Millennials are the largest, most diverse, most educated and most connected generation of our time.  At 80 million in the United States alone, they are a critical demographic to attract to your meetings and conventions.  While older professionals seek the traditional meeting model, millennials are looking for something more interactive.  Instead of a speaker giving a presentation for an hour, they would rather have the majority of that hour be Q&A.  This is a generation that wants to be heard and have conversations instead of listening to a presentation straight through.  The PCMA Education Foundation found that “old-school” meeting formats are the number one repellant for millennial attendees. It’s time to change the traditional speaker and panel formats to incorporate technology and audience participation.

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Future of Healthcare: When We Become the Data, and the Doctors are the Software

by Vivek Wadhwa

There is nothing like a near-death experience to make you acutely aware of how much we rely on medicine and the healthcare system. I suffered a massive heart attack in March 2012 and nearly died. The doctors saved me. Since that terrifying event, I have tracked developments in technology, medicine, and wellness carefully. All along, I wondered why so much health care aimed at saving us after we fell ill rather than at keeping us healthy and spotting the problems well in advance. People in the healthcare sector call such an approach wellness care, or preventive medicine.

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Changing Leadership

The World Has Changed…So Why Hasn’t Management?

By Deborah Perry Piscione

It is remarkable, with so much knowledge of modern management practices, that only a small number of companies manage to generate significant revenue from new businesses. Surveys of senior executives indicate that only 6 percent are satisfied with their company’s innovation performance.

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How to increase speaker bureau business

5 Reasons Speaker Bureaus (and agents) Lose Business

by Mike Humphrey, CEO of Nextup Speaker Management

I have been around the speaking world since the mid-80s and have seen a radical transformation in the industry; Catalogs gave way to websites…VHS cassettes gave way to YouTube videos…faxes and mail gave way to email and Dropbox.  The digital era continues to change the rules, yet many bureaus and agents are missing how important some of these rules have become. These “blindspots” are costing them lost sales and marketshare. And all of these can be fixed.

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Leadership Speaker Robert Safian

Robert Safian Urged Audience to Focus on ‘Missions’ in Business

By Jamie Wilson

To wrap up the 2018 VM Summit, Robert Safian, founder of Flux Group and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company engaged the audience through four lessons and seven questions. His aim was to showcase the kind of tactics that define the modern company. These lessons and questions that Safian went through explored office and organization culture and the need for businesses to focus on “missions.” 

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The Customization Myth: Why Most Speakers Can’t Make Changes To Their Speeches

By Mike Humphrey (originally published on LinkedIn)

There is a familiar frustration with organizations regarding speakers. You pay them good money to deliver a speech that really means something to your audience, and in turn, your organization. You conduct pre-event phone calls and send packets of info with the speaker. Yet they walk on stage with relatively the same speech they always deliver. It is a good speech, but might have been so much better…it could have spoken directly to the audience and made the impact that you had hoped for.

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How We Do It: Creating a Culture of Innovation

by Deborah Perry Piscione

One of the key differences between being a manager and being a leader is the focus from what you do in business to how you get things done. How do you enable employees who have good ideas to build upon them in a safe environment and make them great, free from the burden of bureaucracy? How do you start from a place of trust and measure results, not just in increments of time, but also by creative pursuits, productivity, and overall outcome?

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Your Happiness Was Hacked – an interview with Vivek Wadhwa

by Wouter van Noort June 8, 2018

First he was a well-known optimist in Silicon Valley, now Vivek Wadhwa warns against the downsides of technology. “Social media is used as a weapon against ourselves and we are unhappy about it.”

Vivek Wadhwa has made a huge turn in recent years. The legendary entrepreneur, writer and keynote speaker originally made his name as one of the most prominent ‘cheerleaders’ of Silicon Valley. He was closely involved with Singularity University, an almost evangelistic club that has been hammering on the huge promises of the technological revolution in recent years. He taught at Stanford University, the Silicon Valley nursery school, and wrote optimistic books and columns about the future.

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Is There Any Priority Higher Than Leadership?

In a conversation I had recently with a prospective coaching client, they explained that they were not yet ready to move forward because “of other priorities”. 

Are there any priorities higher than effective and inspiring leadership?

The way I see things, every problem we are suffering from in the world is a leadership problem. And every triumph and success we are achieving in the world is a triumph for excellent leadership. The bigger the challenges, the larger the dreams, and the greater the scale of influence—then the greater the importance of outstanding leadership.

Therefore, are there any priorities higher than becoming a better, more successful and more inspiring leader?

Robert Safian Delivers Fascinating Speech to Business Leaders

By Kim Mikus, originally posted on the Daily Herald

Speed matters, as does a willingness to embrace new tactics and change in the workplace in order to grow as a company, award-winning national journalist Robert Safian told more than 500 business leaders Friday.

Safian has interviewed the most innovative CEOs in the country and shared what he has learned from stories he has written about them for Fast Company, Fortune, Time and other magazines. He was the keynote speaker at the annual Big Event breakfast at Marriott Lincolnshire held by Lake County Partners, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Robert Safian onstage interview with GE Chairman and CEO, John Flannery

 

 

RS interview YTGE’s Chairman and CEO, John Flannery, and Flux Group founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company, Robert Safian, discuss the future of additive manufacturing and its potential to transform the world of industrial manufacturing at Industry in 3D.  This is a fascinating dive into the thinking of the leadership of a major company that is navigating it’s way thru a quickly changing business landscape.

Vivek Wadhwa Appointed Harvard Law School Distinguished Fellow

Vivek Wadhwa is rejoining his former colleagues at Harvard Law School to run a critically important research project on the impact of technology on jobs and developing policies to mitigate the dangers.

This is with Richard Freeman, the world renowned labor economist, Sharon Block, who helped key labor policies for the Obama administration, and historian/scholar John Trumpbour. The 3-year project at Harvard’s Labor and Worklife program will bring together a who’s who to analyze new data on automation and jobs and to brainstorm on policy.

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Tradesy buys Fitz (founded by Alexandra Wilkis Wilson), launches Tradesy Closet Concierge

By   – Correspondent, L.A. Biz , Apr 4, 2018, 5:17pm

Tradesy Inc., a website that lets women buy and sell pre-worn designer clothing and accessories, has acquired Fitz, a service that pairs customers with personal stylists.

With the acquisition, Santa Monica, California-based Tradesy is launching Tradesy Closet Concierge, a service that includes wardrobe management by stylists, including organizing, styling and resale consignment services. Tradesy Closet Concierge is currently serving the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Tradesy plans to expand it to the Tri-State area and Los Angeles by the end of the year and all major U.S. cities in 2019.

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Robert Safian with Apple's Tim Cook

Thirteen Lessons of Innovation by Robert Safian

by ROBERT SAFIAN from Fast Company 

I got my first glimpse of Apple’s newest product as the sun was coming up. It was just after 7 a.m. on a Wednesday in January, two days after Apple executives, including CEO Tim Cook, began moving into Apple Park, the company’s new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino. As I was escorted around the gleaming structure, it occurred to me that it embodied everything Apple’s products represent: a glimpse of the future, and yet also something familiar—not science fiction, but a tangible vision made real.

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Mindmap of Nancy Giordano’s recent speech at the Learning Solutions Conference

Futurist Nancy Giordano MindmapThanks to Clark Quinn, Ph.D., we have a wonderful visual image of Nancy Giordano’s talk at this year’s #LSCon.  It is fascinating to see how the future, learning, work, and leadership are interconnected.  Thank you Clark.

Blockchain - Tarun Wadhwa

Tarun Wadhwa Talks Blockchain

At a recent ACG Silicon Valley event, Carnegie Mellon University instructor Tarun Wadhwa discussed the future of bitcoin and the potential power of Blockchain.  Blockchain technology has a large potential to transform business, being both a disruptive innovation as well as one of the newest foundational technologies. That potential is already is already bearing fruit in many important industries, along with the growing pains.  Tarun touches upon the future possibilities as well as the hurdles.

Keynote Speaker Rebecca Costa in black

Rebecca Costa Joins Nextup

One of the keys to great leadership is making great decisions. In a world with increasing complexity, we need to understand how the mind works, why people stray towards bad decisions, and what skills and systems you can use to make great leadership choices in the future.

In fact, advanced tools, from big data, predictive analytics, genomics, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other technologies have made it possible to pinpoint future results with mind-blowing accuracy—cracking the door to what Rebecca Costa calls predaptation: the ability to adapt before the fact.

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New Book by Lance Secretan

The Bellwether Effect:  Stop Following, Start Inspiring

Working with some of the most inspiring leaders in the world he has pondered why organizations adopt, invest in and continue to support ineffective business practices, often erroneously referred to as “best practices”, even though there is scant evidence that they work, and plenty of evidence that they don’t. Many leaders are so disconnected from the operating and administrative practices of their organizations that they are relying on what they are told by others for their sense of the organization’s pulse. This creates an echo chamber, an “emperor’s new clothes” syndrome, and what Lance Secretan refers to as the accompanying “dissonance”—a perception at the top that all is well, while the experience in the rest of the organization is that it isn’t.

In working closely with leaders Dr. Secretan has observed that before we can create the kind of workplaces that inspire everyone, we must first remove the business processes that are deeply uninspiring for them. The two are closely related—we just need to introduce them in the right order—remove antiquated and demoralizing business processes that are a barrier to inspiration first, so that we can then concentrate on building great organizations that inspire. Secretan writes that there are a number of embedded, old-fashioned, ineffective business practices and beliefs, which, collectively, present a formidable barrier to creating high-performance organizations. Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is also the noble art of removing things that add no value. Often, it is necessary to remove things in order to achieve things. Lance Secretan writes that we need to take away some redundant and hindering business practices so that we can add more modern approaches that inspire. Doing so could change everything.

In The Bellwether Effect, Dr. Secretan first proposes a theory that explains how and why leaders are attracted to, and seduced by, trendy ideas, and the process by which these ideas then become mainstream. He calls the originators of these trends, “bellwethers”, hence the book’s title. He then goes on to describe eight examples of counterproductive business practices, among them, fear-based management, motivation, separateness and silos, employee engagement surveys, performance appraisals, salary grades and pay scales, mission, vision, and values statements, and the use of war as a metaphor for business. In each case, Dr. Secretan proposes a novel and inspiring alternative that could lead to transformation and an inspiring culture.

Lance Secretan claims that we have lost our passion for corporate life—during his presentations to audiences, he often asks them this question: “What percentage of the population do you think would leave corporate life and pursue different interests if they had a completely free hand?” Like an auction, he starts at 50% and the audience will typically raise the offer until they settle at an estimate of something close to 80%. Why is this a tragedy?  Because apart from the human anguish and suffering it causes, we live in a capitalist society, one of whose main engines (besides the church and government) is commerce, and if we botch this critical source of livelihood and exchange, we risk losing everything.  So this is not an inconsequential issue—and it is time to reset our beliefs about what really matters in corporate life.