Taking action to get future ready now


Global executives gained inspiration to Get Future Ready Now during the Executive Growth Alliance Summit.   Future-readiness means having the confidence, peers support, collaborating partners and commitment to:Explore new ideasTake Action and drive changeEmpower others to explore, learn, fail and innovateListen openly to customers, employees, partnersTake risksSeek and embrace diversityRapid advances in technology, changing customer buying patterns, increasing global competition and politic...
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Doer of All, Master of None


 The word "passion" is often looked at negatively when thought of as a career choice. Axel explains how your passion drives you in life. Whether it is your career choice or your passion entirely, you need a passion to drive you when everything seems downhill and especially when that thing you are pursuing may seem impossible or disruptive enough to sound too crazy to work out. But it's the people that see things differently and use their passion to go beyond what's impossible who will chang...
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How DIVERSITY makes TEAMS more INNOVATIVE by Rocío Lorenzo


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How to know which ideas your company should pursue

While some companies struggle to come up with a single idea that has great potential for success, others may find it hard to choose just one from a number of promising ideas. The problem, say researchers Dirk Deichmann, Violetta Rodopoulou and Inga Hoever, is that "there is no widely shared notion of what constitutes a good idea." Rather than focusing on the usual criteria of "novelty, feasibility and market potential," they propose selecting an idea based on efficiency. Here, they share ho...
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A post-Brexit future for entrepreneurs: How to navigate an uncertain climate

The U.K. can still maintain its reputation as a prime destination for startup founders—despite continuing uncertainty over its future as a major European hub for innovation. While there's much debate about the outlook for foreign investment, talent acquisition, and the flow of data, the UK should still be seen as "a fantastic ground for innovation and business development," says Ivan Mazour. Here, he shares how entrepreneurs can effectively navigate the current environment to avoid potential stu...
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Stop talking, start innovating

Talk about innovation is everywhere – in board rooms, conferences, employee meetings and university classes. In 2019, it is estimated that billions of dollars will be spent developing innovation competency in corporations, ministries and society.However, to gain real returns, business leaders must stop talking and start being innovative daily in their actions, decisions and management approaches. In Silicon Valley, innovation comes through action.To be innovative, leaders must: 1. Be curiou...
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The 4 biggest lessons I learned building a startup in Scandinavia

Sweden has a thriving startup ecosystem, with Stockholm's prolific tech hub producing more billion-dollar companies per capita than any other region in the world after Silicon Valley. "Scandinavian countries are good places to test out ideas and products as we are often early adopters, priding ourselves on our ability to keep our ears to the ground," writes data protection specialist and startup founder, Egil Bergenlind. Here, he shares his experience of building a startup in Sweden and the less...
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Using experiments to launch new products

Innovation can help your business to grow. And when it comes to introducing new products or services, experimentation can help you refine your ideas and decide which one to go ahead with before you commit significant resources to the project. Yet many companies miss valuable opportunities because they don't know how to experiment effectively. If you're looking to test new products experimentally—and understand how introducing them may impact your business—Jeff Fossett, Duncan Gilchrist and ...
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Innovation vital to Africa's DNA, but so is strategic communication

Innovation is key to African stability and economic growth and building the continent's innovation capability requires investment. Yet, while there's no shortage of challenges facing the continent and innovators with viable solutions, African innovation isn't getting the level of global support it needs. "Once the rest of the world sees Africa's potential through a positive lens, investment and support is likely to follow," writes PR and communications expert Mimi Kalinda. Here, she looks at the...
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9 ways your company can encourage innovation

Innovation is what sets your company apart from the competition, stimulates growth and keeps your business moving forward. It's the process of taking fresh ideas and converting them into new products, processes, or strategies. And finding new ways of doing things—whether it's product design or methods of management—requires creative thinking and problem solving. Here, Igor Makarov shares how, with the right management approach and support, you can overcome resistance to change, stimulate cr...
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