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8 Characteristics of Disruptive Leaders

“Disruptive leaders like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have transformed companies, industries and entire societies while generating incredible wealth for themselves, their investors, their employees, as well as millions of other people,” says business disruption author John Furth. Furth takes the lessons these and other great disruptors have learned and turns them into practical exercises, tools and techniques to help…

Wasting Assets: U.S. and China About More than Trade

In the early 1950s, the U.S. security establishment debated how to conserve America’s “wasting asset” of nuclear superiority, and even considered preemptively striking the Soviet Union before it developed a hydrogen bomb. Seven decades later, the Trump administration is thinking about how it can act to conserve another wasting asset – America’s relative economic size and geopolitical…

Three YPO Members Named to “Forbes” 30 Under 30

From New York to California, meet the three YPO members on “Forbes” 2018 30 Under 30 list. “Forbes” magazine released its seventh-annual 30 Under 30 list in July 2018 honoring 600 game-changers across 20 industries, all under the age of 30. Congratulations to three YPO members named to the 2018 list in the United States.…

The Rapid Growth of the Cannabis Industry

YPO member Smoke Wallin, CEO of Vertical Companies, appears on CNBC to discuss the cannabis industry and its future in the United States. View interview. The post The Rapid Growth of the Cannabis Industry appeared first on YPO. ^Share this link with your friends and colleagues^ Do you want to be a better leader, CEO,…

Credit Where Credit’s Due

“I’m a giant payments, credit and finance nerd,” says Marla Blow, CEO of FS Card, a company which provides credit cards to pre-selected consumers in the subprime market. “I have studied the market in a level of detail that would drive a lot of people mad.” Blow honed her knowledge of the finance industry and…

Sowing the Seeds of Tomorrows Fashion Stars

Roberta Annan’s fashionably philanthropic life “I am a proud African and know how much untapped potential there is across the continent,” says Roberta Annan, by way of explaining her ethos for creating a sustainably successful Africa. “My focus as an ambassador and business owner is to create clear pathways for people — whether that means…

Meet The Guy Creating Clean Diesel Fuel From Beans

Positive environmental actions are celebrated on World Environment Day. But for South Africa’s Thabang Mabapa, who’s working on turning castor oil into a biodiesel, it’s a daily matter. An agriculture and energy entrepreneur, Mabapa founded Selokong Sa Dimelana, an organization that focuses on the farming, processing and distribution of castor oil for biodiesel purposes in 2013.…

Embracing Aging

After earning a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society and a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University, Lily Sarafan was fairly certain that she would attend law school and then work at the intersection of technology and policy. However, her dream career path to becoming the technology advisor to the…

How to Make Sales Technology a Competitive Advantage

By Chanin Balance, YPO Member In every generation, new technologies arrive that can rightly be called game-changers. From advances in marketing technology to the rapid proliferation of customer relationship management (CRM) systems, we’ve seen an incredible shift in the last 10 years. Now the sales technology landscape is feeling the ripples of this transformation. While…

F1 Champ on Electric Cars

Since retiring, 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has been exploring an interest in electric cars. Enters Global Visionary Donald Sadoway, founder of Ambri, a firm commercializing battery technology invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and pioneering the use of liquid metal batteries. Could this radical solution pave the way for greener and more…

IMD Inforgraphic

IMD Inofgraphic – Final The post IMD Inforgraphic appeared first on YPO. ^Share this link with your friends and colleagues^ Do you want to be a better leader, CEO, spouse, parent, and global citizen? Of course, you do. Check out the options below to stay engaged! Sign up for our blog to receive weekly insights…

Building Success by Putting People Before Profits

Elzinga & Volkers’ success and reputation for being “unmistakable” are results of the way it treats people, internally and externally. There is a lot of competition out there. Making a business stand out is often a frustrating and mysterious undertaking. But Mike Novakoski, President and CEO at Elzinga & Volkers Inc. and author of “Become Unmistakable: Start The Journey From…

Why Family Business Are Growing Faster Than Their Peers

Growing global confidence provides a positive backdrop to the EY Growth Barometer 2018 survey results, and family businesses reflect this growing optimism. EY is YPO’s Global Learning Advisor. Growth prospects for all major economies are finally swinging upward in 2018, with International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts currently at 3.9 percent for the year. This rare…

3 Reasons Great People Leave and 3 Tips to Avoid it

Written by Certified Forum Facilitator David Lesser Not only is it a challenge to find truly gifted individuals for your team, but once you do you have to try and keep them. As a team leader, it simply isn’t feasible to continuously repeat the hiring and training process. However, for many businesses, great people are difficult…

6 Practices to Step Up Your CX Game

The latest battleground in business is customer experience. Quite simply, consumers are disrupting business at greater rates than technology. And the stakes are higher than ever; research shows 57 percent of customers have stopped buying from a company because a competitor provided a better experience. “Customers are saying that they want something different from brands…

7 Leadership Trends for 2019

Questions on how to better manage human capital have topped leadership conversations around the world for a very long time. In an increasingly crazy world, the one word you should keep in mind as you start your planning for next year is simplicity. Here are seven emerging leadership trends for 2019. 1) Keep it simple Over…

Hong Kong Soup

Photographer Mandy Barker imagines a plastic universe “If photography has the power to encourage people to act, to move them emotionally, or at the very least make them take notice, then this must surely be a vital element to stimulate debate, and ultimately, change,” says Mary. Hong Kong Soup is series depicting waste plastic collected…

5 Ways to Save Your Brand From An Early Death

An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does “branding” mean? Your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from that of your competitors. But creating your brand to reflect…

The Dragon Awakens

An important transition is taking place in China’s financial markets and economy as both increase in global relevance. The result? Lower but more sustainable growth. With an expanding middle class and further urbanization, expect the Chinese economy to be increasingly driven by household consumption and the service sector. Recent efforts, including the launch of stock and bond…

Young Influencers: 4 YPO Members Named to ‘Fortune’s’ 40 Under 40

  In their annual ranking, “Fortune” magazine highlights disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists under 40. Its 2018 list of the most influential young people in business includes four YPO members. No. 8: Founder and CEO Stitch Fix – Katrina Lake In taking Stitch Fix public in November 2017, Katrina Lake became not only the sole…

Mind Your Change: Strategies for Handling Transitions in Life

Change is inevitable and it’s also constant. It’s also one of the biggest stressors we have in life, says Heidi Heron, Psy.D. a Neuro-Linguistic Programming International Trainer and Master Practitioner. How you make your way forward through managing change might require a shift in your unconscious programming, those filters that assist you as you manage…

Attract and Retain Talent by Leveraging the Crowd

By YPO member Debby Carreau 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 new levels of stakeholder scrutiny…

10 Questions to Ask to Find the Right CRM Consultant

By YPO member Yacov Wrocherinsky  Selecting the right customer relationship management (CRM) platform is challenging. But it’s not the only big decision you’ll need to make to get the right solution for your organization. Another significant choice you’ll need to make is selecting a trusted implementation partner — one who can guide you not only with…

Increase Customer Engagement With Data-Driven Marketing

Companies are leveraging data to develop complete, multi-channel pictures of exactly what their customers think and want — and then fulfilling those needs. By YPO member Jessica Hawthorne-Castro There isn’t a corner of the advertising world that hasn’t been touched by data-driven marketing, or the use of data to make good decisions and improve engagement…

Marketing: From Traditional to Transformed

YPO member Dave Sutton explains how traditional ways of marketing do not work for today’s customers who expect information to be just what they want, when they want it. On average, today’s consumers are bombarded with thousands of marketing messages every day. How can you get your company’s story to cut through the noise? You may…

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