Reid Hoffman - Founder of LinkedIn

According to Hoffman, the one thing you don’t learn as a student is to leave the beaten path. How do you be the entrepreneur of your own life? This opening to his interview is quite puzzling, especially with Hoffman’s Oxford education. Surely he is well aware the writings of beloved essayist Ralf Waldo Emerson who penned the famous Self Reliance essay . Emerson clearly admonishes the reader to go off the beaten path. Listen to their heart. Owe a debt to no man and become self-reliant so they can be free of their own thought and convictions. He mentioned questioning himself during his younger years of “How can I get into Stanford?” or “How can I get…

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leadership in London

The purpose of the London Leaders programme is to demonstrate the power of leadership, collaboration, and innovation in tackling the sustainability challenges inherent in global cities such as London. London Leadership Personified According to Mark Woodcock, Managing Director of BigFoot Digital in London, “Community, connectivity, networking, and more – everything a business needs to succeed can be found right in London. While London offers plenty of opportunities to grow your business, it’s also brimming with competitors all looking to generate profit.” There is a strong movement in purchasing not just products, but services online locally due to the heavy stress of the traffic congestion in London. Woodcock continues, “If you…

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Damien Trevatt of Ungagged

Damien Trevatt – The Man Behind Ungagged “Take risks, make mistakes, learn from both, but most importantly, don’t look back, just keep going.” – Damien Trevatt In an age with a never-ending supply of advice givers, Trevatt walked the walk as he took a huge risk in the Fall of 2014, creating what was then labeled, “The Un-Conference.” Trevatt saw a problem in the digital marketing space. Current conferences were stagnant. Speakers shared very little real information as the conferences were often recorded or live streamed. Presentations became generic and the “nuggets of information” to help online business owners and consultants were few and far between. He foresaw a conference…

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Tim Ash: Leader in Improving Your Landing Page Optimization

In the fall of 2017, Tim Ash , CEO of Site Tuners , was the keynote speaker for the digital marketing conference  Ungagged . Typically, keynotes at conferences like this are described as stand-offish, snooty, and unapproachable. Those keynote speakers who claim that they are “approachable” will excuse themselves from conversations with conference attendees as if they are a surgeon rushing to the OR. And then there is Tim Ash. We observed for well over an hour Ash spent time with two attendees discussing everything from their respective online businesses, politics, and how to improve human relations. It was apparent Ash is well read, astute, and genuine. His respect toward the female attendees was also observed,…

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Sutherland to Chair Trade Group

Update: Peter Sutherland dies at 71. Chairman of Goldman Sachs and former head of the World Trade Organisation Peter Sutherland is to co-chair a new international group to boost global trade. The experts’ group has been created following talks between the UK and Germany and was announced over the weekend by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Trade is the engine of global growth. That is why we have put boosting trade and tackling trade barriers high on our governments’ agendas and want to see a strong political commitment to liberalizing trade at the Seoul G20 summit,” the leaders said in a statement. Open markets and free trade should be at the heart…

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Colin Kaepernick protests police violence and murder against blacks in America.

Our look at the American protests continuing in the game of football, which is not our brand of football, but while that does amuse us, nothing delights us quite like a staged protest paid for by the American taxpayers. And that is precisely what happened yesterday. First, Mike Pence, the US Vice-President tweeted a picture of himself and his wife at the Indianapolis Colts game honoring QB Peyton Manning. The problem was, the image was one that was taken years earlier. In what was an apparent staged “protest” to the NFL players protest, Pence left the game before it even started. He explained his actions in a tweet: Was this…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

Indira Nooyi is the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the world’s second largest food & beverage manufacturer based on revenue. She is PepsiCo’s first female CEO. Nooyi has been consistently included in Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. A Short Biography Indira Nooyi was born in Chennai, India on 28 October 1955. After graduating with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976, she worked as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, a textile firm. Nooyi won a scholarship to the Yale School of Management and moved to the United States to earn a Master’s degree in…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

Sheryl Sandberg is the current Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and one of the top women leaders in the technology industry. Fortune magazine has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (#10 in 2014). She authored the book “Lean In”, which examines why there are so few women leaders and provides solutions for women to fulfill their potential. Sandberg also founded the Lean In Foundation, an organization that aims to empower women to reach their goals through education and providing support. A Short Biography Sheryl Sandberg was born on August 26, 1969, in Washington D.C. and is the oldest of three siblings. As a young girl,…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

Last night Donald Trump vowed there would be no amnesty given to undocumented workers currently living and working in the United States. While he didn’t state the plan was to deport them, he was clear that he would focus on those who have committed crimes. The speech seemed to have been a perfectly delivered speech, if this was last year and he was trying to rally the Republican base to win the nomination. As a leader, this is the time to expand his reach, beyond the 40% of Republicans who fully support him. He needs more support. Much more. The takeaways from his speech: “Anyone who is in the United…

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Football is back. Finally. It is the NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend, and much media attention has been focused on Brett Favre. Known at “the Iron Man” during is tenure in the NFL with an insane 297 consecutive starts over a 20-year career. It is fitting that Favre enters the Hall of Fame along with the late-Ken Stabler. There are numerous parallels between both quarterbacks. Both went to southern colleges. Stabler to Alabama and Farve to Southern Miss. Both had slow starts to their respective careers. Both led eventual powerhouse teams which respectively went down as dynasties in the NFL. Both won a Super Bowl championship, and experts agree each…

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