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G100 Network Notebook | October 2016

The “Startup Yoda” of Silicon Valley That characterization comes from The New Yorker‘s fascinating portrait of Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, whose alumni companies fetch a total valuation of more than $80 billion. The comprehensive profile contains a delightful succession story that highlights what makes YC unique – a discerning eye for talent and relentless focus on […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | September 2016

Can Digital Technology Bolster US Competitiveness? The US should take a cue from Israel, India, and France – countries that approach digitization as a national priority, urges Cisco Chairman John Chambers. He argues these countries are better positioned to capitalize on the digital revolution and predicts the emergence of a new startup hub in Europe: The economic benefits […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | August 2016

John Watson at G100 As the second largest US oil company with operations on six continents, Chevron continues to manage massive investments in a way that creates value for both stakeholders and shareholders. How? A glowing profile of CEO John Watson offers some clues: At a time when Chevron, like the rest of the industry, is under […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | July 2016

How to Motivate Emerging Leaders Build meaning with a focus on “service, growth, and communal success,” says author and management expert Jim Collins. He elaborates in a probing speech to the Global Leadership Summit. An excerpt: What can we do to reinforce the idea that we only succeed by helping each other? Over the years, Ben & […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | June 2016

How does Best Buy Compete with Amazon? Constant improvements to customer service online and in-store, says a profile on Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly’s plan to sustain the company’s turnaround. Joly sees a path for growth with more knowledgeable and capable people who can better educate consumers about the rapidly changing world of technology. The […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | May 2016

How 3M Thinks About Innovation One-third of all 3M products, responsible for $10 billion out of $32 billion in revenue, did not exist five years ago, an astonishing fact that demonstrates the diversified manufacturer’s commitment to innovation. CEO Inge Thulin elaborates in a video interview about 3M’s new $150 million R&D lab, noting how outside-in thinking helped […] Read More »

HLG Notebook | April 2016

1. Organic Fiction on the Menu Laura Reiley, a veteran restaurant critic at the Tampa Bay Times, decided to fact-check her own reviews of farm-to-table restaurants. The results are brutal. After hunting down the food sources of more than 50 “local,” “organic,” or “farm-raised” restaurants, she uncovers an epic scam. The result is a muckraking […] Read More »

Miles to Go: Seven Ways to Put Goal Making into Practice

Why it’s not too late to set goals for 2016 Goal setting – at any time of year – is critical and should continuously be a high priority. Goals help companies measure how successfully the business is delivering relative to its strategy by directing attention to key metrics. Setting specific and challenging goals at the […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | March 2016

Dallas Fed CEO Former Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan ranks among the newest additions to a growing consensus at the central bank about raising interest rates gradually: The Fed needs to keep raising short-term interest rates to diminish risks to the economy and markets of “excessive accommodation,” Mr. Kaplan told the Journal on […] Read More »

HLG Notebook | March 2016

1. The Future Is Bleak Evgeny Morozov’s latest takedown of tech futurism is this flawless, must-read evisceration of The Industries of the Future and its narcissistic author Alec Ross. Every paragraph brims with (much-warranted) sarcasm, contempt, and mockery. Early on, Morozov describes his first meeting with Ross when he was working for Secretary Clinton: I […] Read More »