To all who struggle with having diverse and seemingly un-related interests, or who studied one thing but moved to ‘unrelated’ jobs and places, take note and take heart:
Not being a singular-focused specialist does *not* have to be a handicap. In fact, having diverse interests — even being contrarian — fuels creativity, innovations and cutting-edge thinking.
For me, people often don’t see any connection between my Executive Coaching, focused on Power and Leadership (mainly with American and European executives) — and China, which I write and teach on.
It took a fantastic set of questions (mainly # 4 and # 5) from Kerry Parke at IE Business School to help me explain the link.
Article Link HERE [5 min read]
As Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. … This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Now when people ask me about my diverse interests and “unconventional career”, I just send them her great article.
Thank you Kerry and IE Business School – great organisation that encourages diverse exploration and moving across silos.
Since the initial shock of the pandemic, I’ve seen creativity unleashed at an unprecedented pace, and in unsuspecting places.
Here are those stories and a few more – all generated by the introduction of constraints. They have the potential to positively transform our work and life.
My latest article, published in Forbes HERE.
Yes: Re-think China.
But Don’t Re-think China’s contribution to entrepreneurship, innovation and growth.
My latest article in Forbes HERE, on what we can learn about entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership from China.
Read why China’s slowdown has had zero impact on the War for Talent.
In my recent article, published in Forbes.com, I show what four companies are doing to ensure they motivate and retain the best workforce.
Full article HERE.
When you can grab a Starbucks, order products on your smartphone, go bar hopping or clubbing with upbeat, creative Chinese – it sure feels like freedom.
But is it?
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2018 is a must read, but overlooks the downside of China’s growing prominence.
Read what we are missing on China, in my latest article in Forbes HERE.
Two Silicon Valley executives have a friendly bet on when a commercially available autonomous car will transport them within Las Vegas, with no intervention from a human driver. The more bullish one has placed his bet on May 27, 2024.
A driverless future will happen sooner than 2024, and it won’t happen first in the US, Europe or Japan.
It will happen first in [read the article, published in Forbes, HERE]
China now has the money, an educated and ambitious workforce, a can-do spirit, impressive companies, and a dogged spirit to achieve that will carry it far. Next time someone tells you China doesn’t innovate, suggest that they to take a closer look.
Read my full article, published today in Forbes: HERE.
“Outdated thinking and hubris still hold the West back from learning from China.”
Read my full article published in Forbes.com HERE.
I am overseeing a full-day executive briefing on China for the IE Business School’s award winning Global Executive program (GXMBA) tomorrow, Wed, Dec. 13 in Madrid…
Agenda and speaker bios HERE.
For those interested in attending, please contact me.
I just finished facilitating the Design Thinking Preview for Stanford Exec Education.
If you missed the final Live Session (Intro to Design Thinking), you can watch the recording HERE.
My coaching and the session covered topics including: How to Ask Better Questions, Crafting a strong POV (Point of View), What to look for in your User’s Journey…
Great to collaborate with Stanford LEAD and Prof Zenios once again.