In reading Tony Hsieh's "Delivering Happiness" (Zappos.com) I have seen a clear path to solving a lot of costly challenges to employers (e.g. health) while also investing in assets that keep on giving back to the company (e.g. local community). I am struck by the fact that I have not seem other big companies do the same. Which start-up is going to move to Detroit and model what Appos did to Las Vegas? http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/mar/17/zappos-ceo-envisions-new-community-downtown/
Courtesy photo On First Friday a few weeks ago, Eric Ryan, one of the executives behind Method biodegradable soap products sold at Target, was bar hopping on Fremont East with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. The two walked past Palms owner George Maloof, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and others.
Photo credit: Wikipedia Having worked as an independent contractor for over 15 years, I've worked for men and for women, and I've found I'd rather work for a man than a woman. Sure, it's not PC, it's not what you're supposed to say, and it's supposed to be about the rah-rah sisterhood.
I just had a fascinating call with Dominic Barton, Global CEO of McKinsey, about what BraveNewTalent is working on in the Education to Employment space. He told me about some of the amazing work McKinsey is doing in this space around the world. As an example, they are working with universities in the Middle East to research where future employment demand is going to be and then tailoring university courses and curriculum around this. I wish more countries had this approach as so much of what people learn in formal education is out of touch with what is in demand in education.
I did quite a bit of research on what McKinsey is doing before I spoke with Dominic. I found this interesting video of a lecture Dominic did at Stanford recently talking about the five trends he sees reshaping the global economy which are:
1. The Great Reba… Read morelancing
2. The Productivity Imperative
3. The Global Grid
4. Pricing the Planet
5. and the Market State
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, highlights the five trends he sees reshaping the global economy: 1. The Great Rebalancing 2. The Productivity Imperative 3. The Global Grid 4. Pricing the Planet 5. and the Market State He concludes his presentation with a discussion about the implications of being a leader in the face of these ongoing changes.
I met one of my entrepreneurial inspirations last night - Elon Musk - the Founder of SpaceX and Tesla. Elon was one of the co-founders of X.com which then merged to become Paypal. He is one of the key members of Silicon Valley's so called 'Paypal Mafia'. He is a phenomenal entrepreneur with such a great vision for the future - both in space travel and car travel.
When chatting with him I asked him a question I don't imagine he had been asked before - 'If SpaceX and Tesla were to have a baby would you create an electric aeroplane company?' He laughed and said that electric aeroplanes would be possible in the future. Perhaps this will be his next company... Thinking about this more I think the aeroplane industry needs to be more disrupted. There has not been a major innovation and it is unlikely to be led by Airbus or Boeing. The challe… Read morenge here is the cost of entering this market space as R&D is prohibitively expensive. Perhaps the innovation coming out of both Tesla and SpaceX could be combined to be applied to air travel.
I also spoke to Elon about the challenges of running 2 companies. He said over the last year he spent most of his time with Tesla however, recently he has gone back to 50/50 between them. I struggle to have nearly enough time to run one company let alone two. This is one of the many reasons I have such respect for Elon.
In 1992, after spending two years at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Elon left Canada, pursuing business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Choosing to major at the The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he received an undergraduate degree in Business, and from University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences, he received a second bachelor's degree in Physics.
This is the first blog in a multi-part series. In upcoming posts, I delve deeper into the study and how technology is changing the way we work together. Collaboration. It's defined as "the act of people working together to reach a common goal." Simple, right?
A great article from Fast Company highlighting 10 small apps that entrepreneurs love. I'm particularly keen on Buffer (http://bufferapp.com/) - like an on-the-go alternative to Tweetdeck for mobiles perhaps?
Recently something terribly obvious--yet powerful--occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one else has done, you need to do things no one else does. So, I thought, who achieves things that very few do? I made a list of the top 10 entrepreneurs that I learn from daily.
Warren Buffett with the late Katharine Graham of the Washington Post at his 50th-birthday party in 1980 In an exclusive essay the chairman and CEO explains why women are key to America's prosperity. In the flood of words written recently about women and work, one related and hugely significant point seems to me to have been neglected.
The Youth Effect - this is a book I co-authored and co-curated with a few YGL friends a few years ago. We curated the thoughts from 21 YGL's on how decision makers can better engage young people in what they are doing. We launched the book in Davos a 2 years ago. See http://www.youtheffect.org
14 things successful people do at the weekend. This is an interesting piece. I think this varies a great deal depending on the person and what stage the person is in. People talk about balance in terms of work life balance. But I think it is more apt to talk about work life 'rhythm' - sometimes we are all out of balance but that is fine as long as there is a rhythm to our professional and personal lives.
Spencer Rascoff is only 37. Yet, the Harvard grad and father of three has already accomplished so much. He co-founded Hotwire.com and served as a VP for Expedia ; he held the roles of CFO, vice president of marketing and COO at Zillow; and in 2008, Rascoff was promoted to chief executive of the popular real estate information site.