One of their recent speakers was Andrew Zolli who is the founder of Z + Partners, a futures research and strategy consultancy, and curator of Pop!Tech, an annual conference devoted to thinking, science and technology.
If you are interested to discover how gifted this guy is, check out Global Trends Pressure Innovative Thinking.
With the economy in the shape it's in (if it even has a "shape" at this point, feels more like a blur at the moment)the insights of a thought leader such as Zolli make for very interesting reading.
If you are among those executives who currently find yourself "at liberty" as they used to say and are thinking of heading out on your own, you would do well to read Mr. Zolli's piece in its entirety. It won't take long, but there are some powerful "learnings" presented for those who are thinking they have an idea "whose time has come."
As a small business owner, and one who wanted to head out on my own some 20+ years ago when the notion of ExecuNet was playing out in my mind, Zolli's principles for building organizations that work came as a very impactful reminder in terms of the stars by which you want to guide your enterprise.
His belief is that such organizations must have missions that are "personal, tangible, present-focused and desirable." And he goes on to say:
The personal trumps the impersonal.Pretty good track to run on if you ask me.
The tangible trumps the intangible.
The present trumps the past and future.
Desirability trumps responsibility.