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Why Business Innovation Leaders Forum?

Despite being highly connected, society and business have never been more fragmented. What is needed is a new type of collaborative experience – one that is rich in content, communications, and networking across the globe. The Business Innovation Leaders Forum offers a new way to communicate, share ideas, vision, experiences, challenges, and solutions in an efficient manner with industry peers.

This exclusive club is by invitation only, and it hosts executives from enterprises across diverse industries around the globe.

The Solution

The Business Leaders Innovation Forum enables you to align your needs with those of your peers and anticipate significant business trends. Intimate groups will be invited to round-table discussions on key and immediate industry issues. Programs will also include vertical industry deep dives, birds of a feather sessions, industry focus groups questions of diversity and digitization. When appropriate, the invitation can be extended to include the critical eye of an industry sector analyst, business and technology visionaries and other relevant specialist advisors.

These sessions may initially be conducted through virtual on-line formats, but physical meetings can evolve as required, and circumstances allow. Sometimes it is easier to explore more deeply in private, closed-door focus groups. In other circumstances members can opt for public-facing roundtables and member media briefings to stimulate open discussion of industry issues – these can include live, on-line, or recorded webcasts and audio Podcasts through relevant channels such as iTunes, Spotify etc.

Insights from fellow industry and business leaders will prove invaluable and can be promoted to the press and analyst community, reinforcing members’ recognition as thought leaders.

Membership

Membership is by invitation only and can grow as members recommend like-minded peers who may benefit from, and contribute to, the Forum. We are looking to the Forum’s long-term potential so there will be no membership fee till 30th September 2022.

Members’ most important contribution is to share their experience, knowledge, challenges, and business technology concerns with other members – for the benefit of the Forum and ultimately business itself.

The Benefits

Each member benefits from access to timely advice and insights and can take advantage of new opportunities to interact and meet like-minded executives, analysts, technologists, business visionaries and thought leaders. The aim is to facilitate easy and productive discussion in a comfortable format – freed from the pressures of today’s fragmented and noisy communication environment.

While the Forum offers insiders’ previews of the latest innovations, technologies, and processes, it also provides a platform for members to inform and influence the future development of solutions that will truly serve the needs of forward-looking business.

The result will be a fertile ecosystem where members benefit from the experience, shared wisdom, and insights from this exclusive, unbiased, and independent community of Business Leaders – while the Forum itself will become a seedbed for innovation to drive growth, shape the industry conversation and direct the global business narrative.

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The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck

By Dr Christian Busch
Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. To other people it looks like “good luck”, but it is more the ability to recognise and seize an opportunity, rather than have good fortune thrust upon one. Finding a wallet stuffed with money on the conference room floor is good luck, whereas holding it up and asking if anyone has lost their wallet might be the beginning of a valuable friendship – that would be serendipity.

Chance encounters, or strokes of fortune, feature in countless stories of business success. This book looks beneath the surface, reveals and teaches the mindset that can transform pure chance into opportunity. The author is director of the Global Economy Program at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, and a lecturer at the London School of Economics.

Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. To other people it looks like “good luck”, but it is more the ability to recognise and seize an opportunity, rather than have good fortune thrust upon one. Finding a wallet stuffed with money on the conference room floor is good luck, whereas holding it up and asking if anyone has lost their wallet might be the beginning of a valuable friendship – that would be serendipity.

The author says “This is a book about the interactions of coincidence, human ambition and imagination”. In the above example: finding the wallet is the coincidence; ambition is the desire to make something of the discovery; add imagination and you open up a whole menu of possibilities: from spending spree to earning a reputation for honesty – or even making a wealthy friend.

Business is typically forged on human ambition and imagination, but early success often feeds an appetite for control – and “control freaks” can be blind to the opportunities thrown up by the unexpected. They only see chance events as distractions. If plans go awry, they may blame the failure on “bad luck” rather than admit their own inflexible attitude.

The author himself admits to being “a German who is used to planning” and prone to feel anxious when something unexpected happens. That makes him an ideal teacher, because he has worked hard to discover and analyse the mindset that enables one to “connect the dots” and cultivate serendipity. He presents a goldmine of examples from science, business and life where an apparent mishap or failure lead to a breakthrough.

Indeed, studies suggest that around 50% of major scientific breakthroughs emerge as the result of accidents or coincidences. A well-known example is Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, launching the whole field of antibiotics. Other examples include X-rays, nylon, microwave ovens, rubber, Velcro, Viagra and Post-it Notes – where would we be without these!

The book goes beyond the ability to recognise and respond to opportunities in chaos, but the subtitle – The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck – is actually a bit misleading. True, he does show ways to develop better fortune, but it would be better to call it “inviting” or “encouraging” good luck. For example, he suggests better ways to start a conversation with a stranger – ways that will make it more likely to lead to chance connections or shared interests.

The publishers may have chosen the word “creating” to make the book appeal to the human desire to control – for control freaks are exactly the readership that would benefit the most from this book’s wisdom and practical advice.

For the rest of us, it offers a great way to rediscover the sense of play that is so important in life – and too often lost in business.

 

“Following the success of The Serendipity Mindset hardback, a paperback edition has also now been launched under the title “Connect the Dots”.

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