Chris Gardner: The Only Way is Up

We share with you a post published in ‘Entrepreneur’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Chris Gardner.    "In his twenties, and half-way through his years-long medical training, Christopher Paul Gardner was advised to rethink “that whole idea of becoming a doctor.” Ever since then, Gardner has been considering more lucrative career options. Today, however, he finds himself as the CEO of Happyness- in legal terms, that translates into “the founder and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings.” Reflecting on that piece of advice he received all those years ago, and why he followed it several times in the decades that ensued, Gardner says, “I don’t believe that it is necessary to let go of the dream, but you might have to use different tactics. You also have to always be mindful of, ‘Is this what I want to do?’ Because only by doing something that you want to do, will you put your heart and soul into it. That’s what works for me.”   I had been worried that Gardner would be too tired for this interview- it had been a busy day for him at the 2019 Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival. He had delivered an hour-long talk to…

Javier Solana: Learning the Lessons of the Pandemic

We are sharing with you this new post writed by our speaker Javier Solana   "Among its many other effects, the COVID-19 crisis has intensified the pre-existing geopolitical rivalry between China and the United States. This tension has led many to warn of the “Thucydides trap,” a term coined by Harvard’s Graham T. Allison to refer to the heightened risk of conflict when an emerging power threatens to displace an established one. Allison’s theory takes its name from the ancient Greek historian Thucydides’ chronicle of the Peloponnesian War, in which Sparta defeated the rising city-state of Athens.   One important detail of this historical touchstone has passed largely unnoticed, however, even amid the ongoing pandemic: the determining factor in Sparta’s victory was a plague that killed about one-third of Athens’s population, including Pericles, the city’s leader.   Yale’s Frank M. Snowden argues that while military and political events may prevail in public memory, pandemics have played a preponderant role in great historical changes. For example, it was typhus that cut short Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia, while the 1918-19 flu is thought to have diminished US President Woodrow Wilson’s abilities during the Treaty of Versailles negotiations. (...)" Read More:

Mikhail Gorbachev: When the Pandemic Is Over, the World Must Come Together

We share with you a post published in ‘Time’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Mikhail Gorbachev:  "During the first months of this year, we have seen once again how fragile is our global world, how great the danger of sliding into chaos. The COVID-19 pandemic is facing all countries with a common threat, and no country can cope with it alone.   The immediate challenge today is to defeat this new, vicious enemy. But even today, we need to start thinking about life after it retreats.   Many are now saying the world will never be the same. But what will it be like? That depends on what lessons will be learned.   I recall how in the mid-1980s, we addressed the nuclear threat. The breakthrough came when we understood that it is our common enemy, a threat to all of us. The leaders of the Soviet Union and the U.S. declared that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Then came Reykjavik and the first treaties eliminating nuclear weapons. But even though by now 85% of those arsenals have been destroyed, the threat is still there.   Yet other global challenges remain and have even become…

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The Pandemic Isn’t a Black Swan but a Portent of a More Fragile Global System

We share with you a post published in ‘The New Yorker’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Nassim Nicholas Taleb:  "Nassim Nicholas Taleb is “irritated,” he told Bloomberg Television on March 31st, whenever the coronavirus pandemic is referred to as a “black swan,” the term he coined for an unpredictable, rare, catastrophic event, in his best-selling 2007 book of that title. “The Black Swan” was meant to explain why, in a networked world, we need to change business practices and social norms—not, as he recently told me, to provide “a cliché for any bad thing that surprises us.” Besides, the pandemic was wholly predictable—he, like Bill Gates, Laurie Garrett, and others, had predicted it—a white swan if ever there was one. “We issued our warning that, effectively, you should kill it in the egg,” Taleb told Bloomberg. Governments “did not want to spend pennies in January; now they are going to spend trillions.” The warning that he referred to appeared in a January 26th paper that he co-authored with Joseph Norman and Yaneer Bar-Yam, when the virus was still mainly confined to China. The paper cautions that, owing to “increased connectivity,” the spread will be “nonlinear”—two key contributors to…

Peter Fisk: The human and economic impacts of COVID-19

We are sharing with you this new post writed by our speaker Peter Fisk "The human and economic impacts of COVID-19 … What should business leaders do now, to support people and society, whilst also sustaining their businesses?   It’s a difficult time. All around us, the news updates on television screens and social media are relentless as COVID-19 multiplies across our cities, nations and continents. The human tragedy, concern for our loved ones, frustration at politicians, admiration for health workers, disbelief at those still socialising, adaptation to new routines under quarantine or lockdown, affects us all. As a society there is a huge concern for each other, whilst as business leaders we know we have to keep our businesses going too.   In years to come we will look back, sociologists and economists, at the way in which we behaved, and the positive and negative impacts it had. Questions will rage about the causes and effects. From the impact of climate change and urbanisation that likely sparked the leap of the virus from animal to human, the global connectedness of travellers that accelerated the contagion’s spread, to the panic buying of some, and the total lack of social responsibility…

Francesc Miralles: Your ikigai may change over time, but having a purpose is key

We share with you a post published in ‘Deccan Chronicle’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Francesc Miralles: "Self improvement books on Japanese concepts are having a bit of a moment and chief among them is the bestseller Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Centering the book in Okinawa, Japan, authors Héctor García and Francesc Miralles focus on the ways of the residents of this island known for longevity, with more centenarians than anywhere in the world.   How do they live this long? The authors, who spent a few years examining the Okinawan lifestyle – including their diet and level of activity – argue one of the reasons is having a clearly defined ikigai, or “the happiness of always being busy”, of having a passionate life purpose. Originally written in Spanish, the book has been widely translated across the world, including into regional Indian languages. Before taking the stage at the Kerala Literature Festival in Calicut last weekend to discuss the book, Francesc Miralles sat down with me to talk about the ideas that drove Ikigai. Edited excerpts:   What got you and Héctor García interested in writing Ikigai?   I live in Barcelona, and Hector…

Bisila Bokoko: How to sell yourself at work, in life, to the world

We share with you a post published in ‘Thrive Global’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Bisila Bokoko: "I don’t Know How To Sell Myself   “I don’t know how to sell myself” is a common statement that I hear all of the time. People ask me, “I have been in business for a long time, I have great experience, and I know I am good at what I do, so how do I market myself? How do I get out there?” (more…)

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez: The Project Manifesto

We share with you an extract of this article published by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez.  "The Guiding Principles of the Project Economy We are witnessing the rise of projects as the main unit of work, as well as the essential model to deliver change and create value for individuals, organizations, and society at large.   Despite this surge in project activities and project spending, the risk of project failure continues to be huge and will continue to increase unless organizations and governments embrace advanced project leadership practices. Widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces is a great example. In contrast, project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts.   Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that we saw the rise of agile, triggered by the Agile Manifesto, in February 2001 by 17 independent-minded software practitioners.   Considering that this year is the 50th Aniversary of the creation of the Project Management Institute, I firmly believe that it is time that we co-create The Project Manifesto. My proposal is composed of the following 12 guiding principles. Please…

Richard Gerver: “New Beginnings”

We share with you an extract of this article published by Richard Gerver   "Once a teacher, always a teacher; that’s what they say. It's certainly true in my case and it's never more evident than in the way I view the calendar year. Even though I left front line education over a decade ago, September still feels like the start of a new cycle. It's one of the things I miss most about teaching; that sense of a new beginning. The anticipation of a new cohort of students and the chance to develop my teaching and my approach. I loved the opportunity to build new relationships with a new class and to begin a fresh journey together. To this day I still try to treat September in the same way. I try to find time over the summer to reflect and set new goals. I use the time to re-calibrate and challenge my own thinking and practice. I hope every year I can be better and that my sense of refreshed energy will sustain me during the challenges ahead. (...)"   Read More:

Rahaf Harfoush: “Digital culture is redefining what it means to be human”

We share with you a post published in 'HR Magazine' in which you can learn more about our speaker Rahaf Harfoush "Businesses are moving from being knowing organisations to learning organisations, driven by data abundance and digital anxiety “We’re entering a new era of humanness. Digital culture is forcing us to redefine what it means to be human,” according to Rahaf Harfoush, strategist, digital anthropologist and executive director of the Red Thread Institute of Digital Culture.   Speaking at a Corporate Research Forum event, Harfoush said that new digital "forces" are changing how we live our lives, with one of the main ones being data abundance.   “Society has moved from data scarcity, where it was hard to use, to data abundance,” she said, highlighting that sharing personal information with our devices has become the norm. “We’re now data powerhouses and every day we add more data to the ecosystem.”   Harfoush gave the example of people (...)"   Read More about Rahaf Harfoush: