Leadership Insights

Global IPO Slowdown Continues as Unicorns Provide Confidence

Ongoing geopolitical uncertainties and trade issues continue to dampen investor enthusiasm, resulting in the number of IPOs in the first nine months of 2018 (YTD 2018) falling to 1,000 globally, per the quarterly ‘Global IPO Trends: Q3 2018’ report published by EY, YPO’s global strategic learning advisor. This is an 18 percent decrease from YTD…

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Episode 89: Wes Palmisano (Palmisano), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

YPO member Wesley Palmisano is a third-generation entrepreneur in a construction business based in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After graduating at the top of his class at Louisiana State University in just three years, Wes ventured out on his own, working for a commercial construction company and learning another side of the business. But when Hurricane…

Episode 85: Wayne Naidoo (DUKE.), Cape Town, South Africa

As an Indian growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era, and living through the post-apartheid transition in the 1990s, YPO member Wayne Naidoo never felt like he fit in. After finishing school, Wayne had found marketing, and he was hooked. Wayne started in the industry as a marketing assistant and spent 15 years…

Invest in Inexperience to Solve The Global Leadership Crisis

In a tumultuous world grappling with serious challenges in practically every domain, from violence and intolerance, to climate degradation, poverty, systemic inequality, and a global leadership crisis, it has become self-evident that we need to renew and expand our efforts to have a positive impact, rather than a destructive one, on the world around us.…

Episode 88: David Levine (NuGo Nutrition), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

After getting a communication degree at Syracuse and a MBA at Duquesne University, YPO member David Levine started his career in radio production with CBS Radio, but his stomach growled for more. His hunger for healthy living and good food led him to begin experimenting with recipes in his kitchen. Eventually, David took the plunge, quitting his…

Revamping Reddit’s Digital Business

Reddit bridges connections between people from all over the world. More than 300 hundred million people use its site daily for information, ratings, discussion and appreciation. This massive conversation starter where “redditors,” as they’re called, can share news and content or comment is designed ”to create belonging in the world,” says YPO member and Chief Operating…

Learning How to Dream

Following the massive earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, YPO member, CEO and Co-Founder of Special Aerospace Services LLC  Heather Bulk and her husband Tim wanted to help children there regain a sense of normalcy and opportunity. When Pemba Sherpa, owner of Sherpa’s Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, USA, told them about a remote primary school in Charikot,…

Create Purpose and Business will Follow

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) invites 100 of world’s most promising artists, business leaders and social entrepreneurs to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders (YGL), a community and five-year program that helps them connect and develop as global leaders. One of this year’s nominated leaders is YPO member Riad Armanious. In…

Attract and Retain Talent by Leveraging the Crowd

By Debby Carreau, CEO and Founder of Inspired HR and Inspired Workplace Traditional ways of attracting talent no longer work in a world where millennials are the majority of the workforce and the average person will hold 10 jobs by the time they reach their 30th birthday. Navigating this as an employer is even further complicated by…

6 Ways to Thrive in Today’s Challenging Omnichannel Economy

By Jessica Hawthorne-Castro,  CEO of Hawthorne Advertising and YPO member Today’s marketing landscape is broader, deeper and more complex than ever before. There are more channels, more choices and more customers who get more savvy every day. Thriving in this “omnichannel marketing” playground is a balancing act. Companies have to continuously evaluate and strengthen customer touchpoints while…

40 Essential Leadership Lessons From John Chambers

In October 2018, business legend John Chambers sat down with YPO CEO Scott Mordell to talk about his 20-year experience as CEO of Cisco (watch / read / listen to the full interview). During his tenure, Chambers grew the company from USD70 million to USD47 billion, and it was the backbone of the internet and…

The 5-Minute Social Business Guide

YPO member Saskia Bruysten, CEO and Founder of Yunus Social Business, offers leaders guidance on how to consider social problems as part of their next business plan.  What exactly is a social business? It’s a business that considers social problems as part of its business plan. It also aims to generate profit. I co-founded Yunus…

How Afterpay Gave Millennials What They Want

Afterpay is not 28-year-old Nick Molnar’s first business success. Before he made it big with a payment service specifically designed for millennials, Molnar gained another entrepreneurial distinction: being the man who had sold the most jewelry ever on eBay. It was while running his online accessory empire from his bedroom in Sydney, Australia, that Molnar started chatting…

Is Writing A Book For You?

By Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group and YPO member Your experience as a business leader brings with it a wealth of insight, wisdom and lessons learned. Perhaps your peers encourage you to write a book to share this knowledge to grow your business. The business book is a symbol of author expertise, and…

Episode 87: Sneha Shah (Thomson Reuters), Johannesburg, South Africa

YPO member Sneha Shah comes from an Indian family living in Kenya. After graduating from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, she worked as a foreign exchange and commodities trader in Africa. She then took a job in New York City, New York, USA, with Thompson Reuters, where she’s held a number of…

YPO Experience at Dreamforce: Leaders Create Impact for the Greater Good

More than 170,000 attendees, including 45 YPO members, attended Dreamforce 2018 – the annual conference in San Francisco, California, USA – hosted by Salesforce, a YPO global strategic partner. A trailblazer in innovation and leadership, Salesforce shares YPO’s passion for creating better leaders, driving business transformation and connecting to customers in new ways. Four amazing…

The 7 Steps in the CEO’s Journey to Victory

Transformative change in business belongs to storytellers who understand the hero’s journey. The concept of the hero’s journey that takes place in practically every great story came out of Joseph Campell’s 1949 book, “The Hero With a Thousand Faces.” The journey begins with a call to adventure. With the help of a mentor, the hero…

Episode 86: Patrick Cozzens (Modern Transportation), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

After meeting his wife at John Carroll University, YPO member Patrick Cozzins declined an offer from his father-in-law to work at the family’s trucking company. Instead, he began a career in the high tech industry. This led to a successful journey through a number of technology startups, but also led his family to five different…

Accelerate Your Leadership: Facebook Live With John Chambers

YPO CEO Scott Mordell joined John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems, CEO of J2C Ventures and author of the new book “Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World” for a Facebook live chat. As participants listened from around the world, Mordell and Chambers delved into leadership, the future of AI and…

UBS Investor Watch

Wind turbine in the blue sea with a technician Sustainable Momentum  For the latest Investor Watch, UBS surveyed more than 5,300 investors in 10 markets on sustainable investing. Conclusions were that while some investors understand the basic concept, confusion about sustainable investing terms, its various approaches and even its impact, is widespread. UBS is YPO’s Global…

How to Pull Off a Merger When Failure Isn’t an Option

David Boris and Marshall Kiev talk SPACs, boards and BHAGS SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies) sound like the business enterprise in a cyber thriller — a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq with no business, offering no services, making no goods, but has massive growth potential. Like much science fiction, dig a little deeper and…

The Art and Science of the New Retail Landscape

Katrina Lake’s shopping platform is more personal than a personal shopper. “It is no big reveal that a vast majority of our time is spent staring at screens — working, reading, communicating, shopping — our devices have become a bridge between our virtual lives and our “real lives.” In actuality, the gap between what happens…

Think Deep, Sell Fast — A Physicist’s E-commerce Playbook

In this age of expanding e-commerce, how ready and how relevant is your business to enter this arena? Engineer-turned-entrepreneur Ben Pearson knows that every business eventually will be selling online. The founder of ENALAS — which stands for Everyone Needs a Little Assistance Sometimes — helps brands develop market strategies for this inevitability by using data and analystics…

Hire Calling

When scanning online job searches in Nigeria a decade ago, Ayodeji Adewunmi , then 25, spotted a business opportunity so extraordinary that he traded his just completed medical training for an entrepreneurial startup. Adewunmi and two of his friends set up Jobberman.com, a recruitment website meant to address what they found lacking on other job sites. “They were…

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