THE FOCUS brings together global leaders and thinkers from business, public policy, the arts and other areas to explore the forces shaping our world today.

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Interview

Building an environment for trust

Frédéric Mazzella describes how purpose and values helped make BlaBlaCar the world's largest long-distance ride sharing community.

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Inspiration

Cultivating inner awareness, unlocking hidden capacities

The Esalen Institute prepares a new generation for the challenges of twenty-first century leadership.

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Global minds

The shifting nature of home

How Pico Iyer developed a global identity after 40 years of tireless travelling.

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Food for thought

The CEO as a mastermind narrator

If the CEO does not tell your company’s story, someone else will

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Leadership Insights

How do I look?

Boudwijn Arts and Neeraj Sagar discuss the importance of authentic leadership in times of change and crisis.

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Essay

In search of self

We sustain a sense of self not by always being the same, but by always adapting with integrity. Julian Baggini in dialogue with Egon Zehnder.

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Interview

“Everything falls into place once you have the right people on board.”

Sonia Cheng, a 34-year-old CEO and mother of two, describes the need for a strong team, passion and proper balance in both professional and personal life.

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Leadership Insights

Be careful what you wish for

A model and set of questions built to understand the drivers and potential of professional growth.

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Interview

“Every year we throw away the trophies and start all over again.”

Jørgen Vig Knudstorp balances the pursuit of children’s imagination with the demands of running a global family business. Here’s how.

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Interview

“It was a case of getting focused on what we could do, and then instilling a sense of pride.”

Marissa Mayer describes how she runs Yahoo, including looking for talent, empowering teams and planning for the long term.

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Keynote

Harmonizing life's domains

Wharton Professor Stew Friedman finds harmony in work-life integration. Here’s how.

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Leadership Insights

Never hide

Diversity thought leader Binna Kandola discusses improvements in creativity, leadership and productivity.

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Leadership Insights

Demystifying change

A model developed by Harvard professors is helping senior leadership reach their full potential.

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Interview

“Always be conscious that you are setting a tone and a value system.”

Strive Masiyiwa battles corruption to empower young Africans, and is spearheading a mobile revolution.

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Connecting Leaders

“What wins is just dogged resilience, day in, day out.”

Katherine Grainger, British Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and Ben Medlock, co-founder of SwiftKey, discuss what lies beyond brains and brawn.

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Unfolding talent

“The ideal Juilliard student has great intellectual curiosity and a desire to be a leader.”

Interview with Joseph W. Polisi, President of the prestigious Juilliard School.

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Impact

“We encourage people to change their lives.”

Report on the Brazilian social entrepreneur Rodrigo Baggio.

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Challenge

The leader’s focus

Daniel Goleman on why great leaders need to have a focus beyond the boundaries of their organizations.

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Campus

“The students must see themselves as building a cathedral – the cathedral being Africa.”

Interview with Fred Swaniker, founder of the African Leadership Academy.

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Dialogue

“We’re all born curious, creative, and imaginative.”

Education thought leader Tony Wagner and Ben Nelson, founder of the ambitious Minerva Project, talk about aligning the education system with future needs.

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Interview

“We see a strong parallel between company growth and personal growth.”

Interview with Pius Baschera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hilti Corporation.

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Keynote

What else might I do?

Herminia Ibarra on how current success can actually work against fulfilling your potential.

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Interview

“We know that leaders come in different packages and it takes patience to identify them.”

Interview with Kendall J. Powell, Chairman and CEO, General Mills Inc.

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Feature

Tapping quiet talent

Writer and lecturer Susan Cain argues for a new evaluation of the capabilities of introverted people.

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