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the impact of connection

“Communities are successful because their members are successful. For a community to thrive, it needs care and attention. This means building and growing a community is about people, not programs.”*

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the effective leader

In an article in The Leadership Quarterly, Louis W Fry said, “People need someone and something to believe in. They need a spiritual leader who walks in front of them when they need someone to follow, someone who walks behind them when they need encouragement and someone to walk beside them when they need a friend. This is the kind of leader who understands that personal agendas must be put aside to foster the kind of spirit at work that creates a genuine sense of community.”1 This is the kind of leader who is effective and can empower people through the power of community.

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the community rider

In her book, Power Your Tribe, Christine Comaford talks about creating a tribe, a community in an organization—a concept that has lost its significance in our hectic, individualistic world. She reiterates this concept to how teams become brilliant only together, no matter how turbulent the times are and what external changes are faced.

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network perspective

“People [leaders] view networking as something that ‘is not them’ or that they could not see themselves doing. However, networking ability is crucial for getting things accomplished and making change inside organizations….”1 When managers take a network approach to leadership, they develop close communities of practice, which help the organization in achieving its strategic priorities.

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the core of ‘onlyness’

Nilofer Merchant is a Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management and an author. Her most recent book, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, reveals proven strategies to unleash the power of a new idea. She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18bn in sales and has held executive positions at Apple, Autodesk, and GoLive Systems. Merchant has provided guidance to companies such as Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others on new product strategies, entering new markets, defending against competitors, and optimizing revenues. In 2013, she was awarded the Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award which is to recognize ‘The #1 Person Most Likely to Influence the Future of Management in Both Theory and Practice’ by the UK-based organization. She is ranked 22 on the 2017 Thinkers50 list of management thinkers.

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project manager as CEO

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is an expert in project management and strategy execution. He is the creator of concepts such as the ‘Hierarchy of Purpose’ featured by Harvard Business Review and ‘Project Revolution’, which argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the c-suite to managing career or relationships. His work and concepts have been recently recognized by Thinkers50 with the exclusive award ‘Ideas into Practice’.
He is a part of Dr Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 coaches, author of The Focused Organization and a successful trainer supporting executive teams increase their organizations, project execution capabilities. Nieto-Rodriguez is also a visiting professor in leading business schools, including Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay Business School, Skolkovo, Ecole des Ponts and Vlerick.

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value in a digital world: dealing with innovation*

José Esteves is Professor of Information Systems at IE Business School in Madrid. He has a wealth of experience in the corporate world as an information system analyst and consultant for companies such as Ciba-Geigy and Sonae Group. He has been included in the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of managing and leading organizations.
Francisco J López Lubián is Professor and Head of the Area of Finance at IE Business School in Madrid, and an expert in financial valuation and analysis. He combines his teaching career with an intense career in business as a financial analyst at Hewlett-Packard among other relevant companies. He is a prolific author with seventeen books in his background and a regular contributor to leading newspapers including the Financial Times.

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taking the right lead

In the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar, Deborah Rowland was named one of the new generation of management thinkers changing the world of business.
She is the co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works, and now, Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change. Rowland is a thinker, speaker, writer, coach, and practitioner in the field of leading large complex change.
She has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide, and PepsiCo. She also founded and grew a consulting firm that pioneered original research in the field, the latest efforts of which were accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management. She now enjoys collaborating with a growing community of Still Moving change consultants, all dedicated to helping leaders lead change more effortlessly and responsibly.
Rowland has a double first in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University, and alongside her change consulting work around the world to CEOs and their teams from across all industries, and teaching change at schools such as Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, she is also a member of the Archbishop’s Review Group into leadership development in the Church of England.

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ideas for the future

Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer are the founders and directors of Thinkers50. Internationally recognized experts and commentators on management ideas, they are the authors of more than fifteen books available in twenty languages. Former columnists to The (London) Times, they are editors of The Financial Times Handbook of Management.

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DRIVE to the future

Mark Esposito, Ph.D. is professor of business and economics at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education and Hult International Business School and co-founder of Nexus FrontierTech, an AI Studio.
Terence Tse, Ph.D. is an associate professor of finance at the London campus of ESCP Europe Business School and co-founder of Nexus FrontierTech, an AI Studio.
Together, they are the authors of Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends.

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