September 4, 2014
The U.S. economy is in recovery, but it remains a lackluster one compared to past recoveries. Many headwinds persist: high unemployment, low labor market participation, uncertainties about the Federal Reserve’s plans to exit from its unprecedented efforts to keep interest rates low, taxes, the future of Obamacare, and others. These clouds have kept the U.S. GDP growth rate at below 2% for six years, compared to other post-recession growth rates of 4%.
At this speech you will learn:
- The likely consequences of the 2014 midterm elections on the U.S. economy.
- Trends for stocks, bonds and real estate.
- The uneven impact on American states and cities.
- How and when the U.S. economy will return to higher rates of growth and more equitable distribution of wealth.
- How the 2014 midterms will frame the presidential election of 2016
- How growth in China, India and emerging economies will impact the U.S.
Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher-turned-entrepreneur, and author of the best seller, Life 2.0, exemplifies his expertise in his latest book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success (April 2014), an exploration into why some companies in the top quartile of their industries worldwide are performing very well—even in a slowing global economy—while the majority struggle to survive. Karlgaard interviewed hundreds of companies to see what separates the champions from the stragglers.
What jumps out is how the world’s best companies continually innovate by establishing a triangle of strengths in strategy, execution and culture.
In this presentation, Karlgaard shares his transformative findings:
- The 5 strategic competencies of all great organizations.
- The 5 execution strengths that separate winners from laggards.
- The 5 cultural values that give organizations a lasting innovative edge.
Why do organizations go flat or, worse fail? There are three commonly accepted reasons. The talent is poor. The leader is weak. The mission is murky.
There is a fourth reason, says Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard. That’s when teams within organizations perform below their potential.
Based on cutting edge research in neuroscience and anthropology, Karlgaard has unlocked the keys to high performance teams, which Karlgaard will share in advance of his 2015 book, The New Science of Teams.
At this speech, you will learn:
- What science says about racial and gender diversity. Warning: It’s provocative.
- Why cognitive diversity yields the highest performance gains – but only if you understand what it is.
- How to find the “bliss point” in team intimacy – and become three times more productive.
- Why too much conformity will kill you – as will too little.
- How to create “whole brain teams” with the right amount of “creative abrasion.”
- How do identify destructive team members before they harm you.
- Why 7 (+/-2,) 150 and 1,500 are magic sizes for teams.
- Why everything you know about performance compensation is probably wrong.
Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard has a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.
Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a biweekly column known for its witty and honest assessment of current business issues, a regular panelist on cable news' most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and was a frequent guest analyst on CNBC's The Kudlow Report. He's also a successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year Award." More than just a business journalist, Karlgaard as a private investor and board director understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today's business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. His assessment of the current business issues and trends gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions. Karlgaard, who speaks without notes, has a remarkable ability to connect with his audience. He shows his quick mind and even quicker good sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Karlgaard is unfailingly gracious, putting his insights out for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics on the environment for business and invention. In his latest book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success (April 2014), Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to high performance and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage.