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 both the hard and soft sides of their businesses—both the measurable and the intangible. Though the hard is necessary, the soft is the edge for sustainable success.
In this presentation, Karlgaard shares his transformative findings:
- The 5 hard virtues of cost, speed, supply chain, logistics and capital efficiency
- The 5 soft virtues of trust, teamwork, taste, smarts and story
- Importance of the soft side of business and how it is frequently overlooked
- How the world’s top-performing companies combine hard and soft edges of business to produce world-class results
The U.S. economy has averaged 1.8% annual growth since June 2009, less than half of a normal recovery. A trillion-and-a-half dollars of expected new economic activity has not occurred. Is this stasis the new normal, or will America find its solid footing and resume its historic rates of innovation and growth?
Much will depend on government’s role. Will Obama 2.0 preside primarily as a progressive cushion against the harder edges of capitalism? Or should it—and will it—do more to encourage private capital investment, business expansion, startup formation and growth?
Here are signs to watch in 2014: On new appointments to the Federal Reserve and Treasury—Chair Janet Yellen and Secretary Jacob J. Lew—and a host of cabinet and regulatory officials, will Obama 2.0’s new team tip progressive or centrist? On tax, regulatory and monetary policies—will fairness or dynamism prevail? On the likely return of Simpson-Bowles to address entitlement reform—can compromise work in a divided Congress? Last but not least, on the Affordable Healthcare Act—will it survive intact or be broken up at the state level?
At this speech you will learn:
- The role of Obama 2.0 in shaping economic growth forecasts for the U.S. and other major regions.
- Trends for stocks, municipal bonds and real estate.
- The impact on American states and cities.
- Revolutions coming in health care, technology and manufacturing.
Why do teams 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 two key members on a team can't or won't work together. A weak pair in the wrong place will destroy even the best teams.
Successful pair matches within teams are the secret weapon in today’s fast-changing economy. Does your chief technologist know how to talk to your VP of marketing? Do the heads of finance and sales get along? Does the CEO “pair well” with his/her direct reports? In the bigger picture, is your HR department aligned with IT? Does your sales team sell the company brand as well as products?
This speech is based on Karlgaard’s forthcoming book, The Power of Pairs. At this speech you will learn:
- Why top-performing executive and creative teams are the sum of successful pairs.
- What are the six pillars of a successful pairing?
- Where and why are pairs likely to break down?
- How entrepreneurs and managers can turbocharge performance with successful pairing.
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.