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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 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
Karlgaard was great. He is really a fantastic speaker
National Petrochemical Refiners Association
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 Karlgaard did an amazing job as a speaker. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.
Glassman Wealth Services LLC
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
Both Mike Abrashoff and Rich Karlgaard were great!!! We couldn’t have asked for better speakers for our meeting and agents.
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

Columnist and Publisher, Forbes and Author, The Soft Edge
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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The Road Ahead: Business and Investment in 2015-2016

The U.S. economic recovery has begun to pick up steam. Barriers that kept the growth rate locked in at an anemic 2% for six years have fallen and now 3% sustained growth in 2015 and 2016 looks likely. Yet even this stronger recovery remains unevenly shared. A rising tide over the next two years will not lift all companies, cities, states and countries. This unevenness is likely to create more political turmoil around the globe and ensure more economic volatility in the years ahead.

At this speech you will get insight into these questions:

- Stocks market: Dow 20,000 or crash ahead?

- Can the U.S. Federal Reserve raise interest rates without hurting the economy?

- Will the standoff between the Obama Administration and Congress help or hurt the U.S. economy?

- How will the U.S. Supreme Court rule on challenges to the Affordable Care Act and on President Obama’s use of executive orders?

- How will the U.S. economy and global events shape the U.S. presidential election of 2016?

- Is China headed toward reform and renewal … or recession and revolution?

- Can Europe find growth again?

- Where are oil prices headed in 2015 and 2016?

- What is Silicon Valley doing to disrupt the next major industries?

How Great Organizations Create Endurance for Lasting Success

Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher-turned-entrepreneur, exemplifies his expertise in his 2014 best seller, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, an exploration into 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 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.

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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