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Thanks for your presentation today - very insightful and tremendously impressive. After your presentation, our CEO has instructed us to procure your new book and circulate to the entire senior management team.
Temasek (Singapore's Sovereign Wealth Fund)
Rich Karlgaard's "10 Point Framework" for organizations was a major hit with the leadership team.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Rich Karlgaard was great. He is super sharp and can quote data to support even his answers in Q&A. I am always looking for a presentation with substance rather than a speech. Rich fits that bill perfectly.
Journalistic, Inc.
Rich gave a fabulous speech!
Ursula Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Xerox
The best speaker we’ve ever had.
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Rich Karlgaard did an amazing job as a speaker. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.
Glassman Wealth Services LLC
We had over 1,000 business leaders at our Annual Meeting. The feedback has been immediate, broad and consistent: the best keynote speaker we've ever had.
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Rich was all class. He was very generous with his time and insights. He provided an enormous amount of information that will serve as a spring board for new areas of exploration.
Corporex Companies, Inc.
Rich Karlgaard is intelligent, articulate, humble and very charming. He was so accommodating as we introduced him to many of our guests and our local media.
Kern Economic Development Corporation
I liked Rich Karlgaard’s book, The Soft Edge, so much that I read it twice. I knew we wanted him to speak about it to our company’s top 1,000 executives. Rich spoke for 60 minutes and took questions for 30 minutes. He was great.
Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft
An outstanding moderator, speaker and host.
Saddleback Church
Karlgaard was great. He is really a fantastic speaker
National Petrochemical Refiners Association
Rich Karlgaard's presentation was great. I had immediate feedback from some of my officers right after he was done that said he was great. His points were right on, he was down to earth and very refreshing. His presentation style was great, it was conversational which really appealed to folks. I continued to have feedback throughout the day and into to last evening. All was positive. I'd definitely recommend him to others.
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
It was our sincere pleasure to have you speak at our conference. We have heard nothing but positive comments about your knowledge, your presentation style and the relevance of your topics. I can't image one single person there who wouldn't want to sit down with you over a coffee and pick your brain for hours!
TriWest Capital Partners

Rich Karlgaard

Columnist and Publisher, Forbes; Author, The Soft Edge; Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

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.

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Forecasting America, China and the World: 2016-2018

The U.S. economy and employment began to slow in late 2015, signaled by stock market turbulence and Federal Reserve hesitance to raise interest rates. The U.S. is entering a presidential election cycle that has wildly upturned conventional wisdom. What does this signal? Who will win the presidency, U.S. Senate and Congress? What will it mean for U.S. growth, taxes, trade, regulation and relations with friends and foes?

Europe, slowly recovering after the recession and Greece’s debt restructuring, now faces a refugee wave, which is roiling politics. Can Europe find growth again and remain politically stable?

China slowed from two decades of near 10% GDP growth to 6%. Is this the beginning of the end of the Chinese miracle—or a transition to a mature, consumer-led economy? The debate rages, and fortunes will be won or lost on the answer.

In this presentation, Karlgaard explores these issues and provides incredible insight to questions such as:

  • How will the U.S. economy and global events shape the U.S. presidential election of 2016? Who is likely to win the presidency, U.S. Senate and Congress?
  • Can the U.S. Federal Reserve hike interest rates without hurting the economy?
  • Is the global economy headed toward another recession? Is China headed toward reform and renewal…or recession and revolution?
  • What are the next technology trends that will disrupt major industries?

Karlgaard’s forecasting speech is a perennial hit with investor groups, banks and trade associations and is tailored to the specific needs and interests of your audience.

The Triangle of Excellence—Endurance for Lasting Success

Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher-turned-entrepreneur, exemplifies his expertise in his best seller, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success. The book explores why some companies thrive for decades, amidst economic volatility and waves of technology disruption. Karlgaard interviewed thousands of companies to see what separates the enduring champions from the flash-in-the-pans and stragglers.

What jumps out is how the world’s best companies create an “immune system” whereby creative innovation becomes a natural response to both opportunities and threats.

In this thought-provoking presentation, Karlgaard not only reveals his transformative findings, but customizes his remarks to address how these findings can apply to your specific organization. His leading-edge discoveries include:

  • The 5 strategic competencies of all great organizations
  • The 5 execution strengths that separate winning teams
  • The 5 cultural values that give organizations a lasting innovative edge

Karlgaard has spoken to countless business audiences and consistently receives rave reviews including the COO of Microsoft, the CEO of Commonwealth Edison, and the CEO of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek.

Team Genius—The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

Why do organizations go flat or, worse fail? There are three commonly accepted reasons. The talent is poor. The leaders are weak. The mission is murky.

There is a fourth reason, says Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard. That’s when small 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. Karlgaard will share his findings from his 2015 book: Team Genius – The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

At this speech, you will learn:

  • Why cognitive diversity yields the highest team 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 team member 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.
  • How to identify the magic size for your teams.
  • Why everything you know about performance compensation is probably wrong.

Meet Rich Karlgaard

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 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. He is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations (July 2015).

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