For start-ups seeking to take their business to the next level, talent is crucial. Egon Zehnder’s Karim Jalbout offers three pieces of advice: don’t be afraid to hire people who are brighter than you, always look for leadership potential and be prepared to exchange equity for top talent.
The topic of innovation is squarely on the agenda of today’s corporate decision makers. This was in full display at the recent New York Times’ New Work Summit, where we joined a select group of business leaders, engineers and scientists, designers and futurists to discuss the challenges leaders face in transforming their organizations into engines of innovation.
It is an exhilarating time to be in the automobile business, but it also is a time of ambiguity and uncertainty. That’s why CES feels much more like the future of the industry. Does that mean the Detroit Auto Show has outlived its usefulness?
Archimedes famously said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.” I’m frequently reminded of that quote these days, whether I’m working with legacy organizations transforming themselves to compete in today’s digital-powered world or with pure-play companies looking to keep their edge.
Digital transformation is stretching businesses to the limit. One of the main challenges is making the transition from rigid, hierarchical structures to the flexible, innovative forms that are needed today.