Millions of eyes and ears count on ― and respect ― Geoff Colvin’s insights on the key issues driving change in business, politics, and the economy. The senior editor of Fortune magazine, and named by Directorship magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Figures in Corporate Governance,” Colvin draws on his years of insider access to top government figures and high-profile executives to share effective leadership strategies, and provides his unparalleled perspective on the business climate of today…and tomorrow. Below Geoff contemplates the impact of Brexit:
Brexit Fallout: World Leaders Should Wonder If They’re Next
Imagine what’s going through the mind of every developed country’s leader. Virtually all of them had endorsed the losing Remain side in the Brexit referendum, and now they’re wondering, What if that referendum’s equivalent had been held in my country? Nationalistic, anti-immigrant, isolationist movements are rising in France, Austria, Poland, Denmark, and elsewhere in the developed world. While those movements are usually described as right-wing, the Leave supporters also included a left-wing faction of older trade unionists and younger socialists, and every developed country has plenty of those too.
DR. LANCE SECRETAN
Lessons from Brexit – Dreams Lost & New Dreams Created
Dr. Lance Secretan is widely acknowledged as one of the most insightful and provocative leadership teachers of our time. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist and author of 15 books about inspiration and leadership. He is a thought leader whose teachings and writings on conscious leadership are courageous, radical and ingenious and have been hailed as among the most original, authentic and effective contributions to leadership thinking currently available.
The Common Market was formed among European nations to avoid the future possibility of World War III. But it quickly became an economic and administrative union, and is nearly always described in terms of its economics – the economic crisis of Greece, the economic crisis of incoming refugees, the economic risks among banks, and so on. Following Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union, the media has been filled with dire economic commentary – the sinking of currencies, the apocalyptic economic predictions, the impact on trade, the loss of Europe’s second largest economy, and more.
But this misses the point. Not everything can be measured in terms of economics – people have feelings, emotions, aspirations, affiliations, traditions, and these are just as important – sometimes even more so – than economics. When the British entered the European Union in 1973 there was the possibility of fulfilling a dream, a dream of oneness, while maintaining a sense of social and national identity. Not only did that dream not materialize, but the British felt that they had given up a lot and received little in return. The British are a unique nation, with a long history, unique social traditions and a strong sense of individualism. All of this was challenged by a bureaucracy headquartered in Brussels. Slowly, the British lost their freedom to live their lives in ways to which they had become accustomed and to retain control over what they ate, who was allowed to visit or live in the country, the weights and measures they could use, and so many other day-to-day items. This forfeiture of identity to bureaucrats in Brussels, and the continuing failure of those bureaucrats to pay attention to the increasing frustrations of the British, ultimately led to a revolt.
Speaker & Former Sports Agent
MOLLY FLETCHER helps inspire and equip game changers to dream, live and grow fearlessly. A keynote speaker and author, Molly draws on her decades of experiences working with elite athletes and coaches as a sports agent, and applies them to the business world.
Here, Molly talks about “5 Tools to Re-Build Your Confidence”
Confidence is a main driver for peak performance. Because it is so essential, that’s where the Confidence Toolbox comes in. It’s a huge help when I need confidence the most. From my experience as a sports agent and keynote speaker, I want to share five must-haves for your Confidence Toolbox.
What’s a Confidence Toolbox?
Most of us have things that rattle us. We all encounter the unexpected. The wrinkles and bumps in the road that ding us a little or a lot. Our passion for our purpose can make us vulnerable to taking these curve balls personally.
I think of a Confidence Toolbox as a collection of techniques that I can use to keep my spirits up and my belief in myself at its healthiest level. These tools are always accessible.
I’m confident they will work for you too.
Warren Macdonald has climbed over obstacles most people cannot imagine. Having lost both of his legs from a freak accident while he was backpacking off the coast of Australia, Warren not only decided that his injuries wouldn’t slow him down ― he decided they would propel him to new heights. Just ten months after the incident, Warren climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain and later summited both Mount Kilimanjaro and El Capitan. Inspiring audiences to turn challenge into change, Warren’s talks foster the desire to seek opportunities and overcome obstacles.
Below, Warren writes on uncertainty, and how shifting your perspective can change everything:
All of us feel stuck at some point in our lives, and it’s no wonder. The scientific community suggests that the average adult makes approximately 35,000 decisions each day…
Most of those decisions happen unconsciously, but often, bigger decisions have the capability to consume us; to overwhelm us.
So, what can we do about it?
How do we get unstuck?
We can start by asking “why?”.
- Why do I want this to happen, or not?
- What’s in it for me?
- How does this situation affect myself and others?
- What will happen if I say “no”?
Remember, perception is key. We need to see as complete a picture as possible when answering these questions and that often means looking through a different lens that the one we’ve been trained to look through.
The world we live in is morphing into a new one as we speak—that’s a scary prospect for many, but after a presentation by economist and trends expert Linda Nazareth, you will feel like you have a handle on the future. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Linda is an expert in demographic and economic trends. Her talks focus on what will happen—and what you need to think about to be on the right side of change. Below, she looks at how current economic trends dictate that the next few decades are likely be quite different in terms of returns on both equities and bonds:
You might not have noticed it, what with one economic crisis and stock market meltdown after another grabbing your attention, but the last few decades have actually been great ones for investors. Thanks to a perfect storm of factors, investment returns for the period from 1985 to 2015 came in at well above the historical norm. The fundamentals are changing, however, and the next few decades are likely be quite different in terms of returns on both equities and bonds.
These predictions on the direction of the financial markets come from a newreport from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), which chronicles why times have been good, and why there are likely to be less good in future. Of course, many people are probably surprised to hear that times have been so good. Over the past three decades there have been a number of economic and financial corrections which gave investors plenty of opportunities to lose wealth rather than build it. Still, as McKinsey documents, overall returns have been pretty solid Just looking at U.S. equities, for example, there was a return of 7.9 percrent over the period, as compared to 6.5 percent over the past century. For U.S. government bonds, the return was 5.0 percent compared to 1.7 percent.