Global Business Forum – Résumé

As I posted in this blog, I attended the World Business Forum in New York last week. I was quite amazed about the line-up of speakers and the fact that Radio City Music Hall – giving seat to max. 6000 people – was almost sold out (ticket per person: 2800 USD!). They all came together to talk about leadership. It was – doubtless – a great experience and I give all my respect and credit to these people and the success they’ve achieved. There were great personalities and characters among them, the “Grandseigneurs” of business.

But I keep asking me: Did they gave the audience a vision/perspective of what comes next? What is driving the radical changes we are facing and what impact do they have on leadership? What are the future challenges for CEOs, COOs, CTOs? How do we deal with leadership in the information age? How does collaboration/participation/digitalization/transparency …. affect leadership? And I could easily add many more questions …

Some of them did. Chris Andersen of course with his description of “The Long Tail”, Daniel Esty did it with his message “Going Green is Gold!” and so did Kofi Annan and in parts Herb Kelleher and Denis Nally. But in my perception most of them have given us a review/retrospect of what they have done in the past decades. Great insight views and I know that you have to know the past to understand the future – but honestly, I am a little bit unsatisfied they outpaced the future … Just imagine, with all their experience what they could have told us …

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