Six great quotes from the 2011 World Business Forum
This week in New York City, the World Business Forum hosted several thousand execs, as well as the insights of nearly two-dozen speakers. From Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to generational guru Tammy Erickson to President Bill Clinton and former GE CEO Jack Welch, the two-day event was a two-day MBA. Of everything that was discussed—economics, leadership, business, management and more—here are the six moments that really dropped jaws:Continue reading this post »
World Innovation Forum dispatches
On Leadership contributor Dan Leidl is in New York this Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing readers dispatches from the World Innovation Forum.
He’s live tweeting the two-day event, and you can follow his thoughts here. He’s using hashtag #innovativeideas, so you can also follow along on Twitter.Continue reading this post »
At WIF, five innovative ideas about innovation
Earlier this week at the World Innovation Forum, some of the foremost experts on innovation discussed trends in corporate and social advancements. Here’s my rundown of the five concepts that stood out above the rest.Continue reading this post »
WVU’s Oliver Luck: From West Virginia to Europe and back again
College athletics has undergone a slow transformation from quaint extracurricular activity to moneymaking behemoth. Schools now compete for market share with multi-million dollar facility upgrades, sponsorships, and intricate broadcasting strategies. To compete in today’s climate, some schools have embraced a new breed of athletic director, one who brings business acumen as well as sport savvy. West Virginia University (WVU) recently made the leap to committing to this new pedigree of hybrid athletic exec by hiring Oliver Luck, an alumnus whose prowess as athlete and businessman puts him in an elite pool.
With his salt and pepper hair, the 6’3” Luck stands slim and sinewy, a much fitter version of most men his age. Articulate and thoughtful, Luck is not afraid to offer an opinion, and he’s as comfortable talking about the Spanish Inquisition as he is college sports. As a celebrated quarterback at WVU, he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and Academic All-American. And during his five-year stint in the NFL, he attained a law degree from the University of Texas. After his playing days were behind him, he focused on business—serving in a variety of corporate-meets-athletic roles, including the president of NFL Europe, the president and CEO of the Houston Sport Authority, and the president and GM of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.Continue reading this post »
Best Practice: Boise State Broncos coach Chris Petersen
In five seasons as the head of the Boise State Broncos, Chris Petersen has guided his teams to three undefeated regular seasons, four Western Athletic Conference championships (sharing the title in 2010), as well as national acclaim for what many consider to be a lesser-known school playing “up” with the big boys of college football. Petersen has been named the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year twice, and also boasts a winning percentage north of 90 with a record of 61-5. Along the way, Petersen has developed a name as an underdog coach who embraces being different as a means of besting his more mainstream and oftentimes better-equipped rivals.