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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.

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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.

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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 5th April 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.

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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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Book of the Month*


By Walter Isaacson
We do not need to be told that Steve Jobs was a genius. That fact is spelt out clearly in his legacy of brilliant and beautiful innovations, devices, systems, concepts and a company that, ten years after his death, still towers over the world of information technology. What we do want to know is how such genius could arise in a difficult adopted child from a chaotic background. If any book can offer answers, it is this one: written by a professor of history at Tulane that had been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN and editor of Time, and the author of a series of bestselling biographies of some of the world’s greatest geniuses.

 “It’s your book” said Steve Jobs when he chose Walter Isaacson to write this definitive biography, “I won’t even read it.” Here was a man, notorious for his need to control, apparently giving a stranger unfettered permission to expose his disturbed background and turbulent career. Jobs did, with some initial reluctance, live up to that promise by encouraging even his harshest critics – past colleagues that he had fired, abused or abandoned – to be interviewed by Isaacson.

The result is an extraordinarily rich and textured account of a very complex and unpredictable character. On the one hand he could exemplify the serenity of his Buddhist beliefs – a quality evident in the techno-Zen minimalism of his creations and preferred lifestyle. On the other hand his colleagues could see him as a swearing, vindictive Rasputin figure who stole others’ ideas, told lies and could treat family and lovers appallingly.

His public image was a lot less complicated: he was known as a God-like figure that created the most innovative computer company in the 1970s and raised it from the dead twenty years later. He was a techno-guru before adoring disciples. We read that, when the iPhone was first released, Jobs visited his local Apple store and was hailed “as if Moses had walked in to buy a Bible”. On the launch of the iPad it was said: “The last time there was this much excitement about a tablet, it had some commandments written on it.”

It is indeed good for humanity to have the example and inspiration of idols and saviours. But it is also vital to understand the bigger picture, one that reveals the human beneath the myth as this book does so successfully. If the Great and the Good were truly God-like, then what hope could there be for the rest of us ordinary mortals? This book is not a hagiography, but rather a realistic exploration of the contradictions that can deliver greatness, provided that they are not denied.

Jobs claimed to be above the allure of greedy materialism, and yet he created gadgets that inspired the whole world with the lust to possess them. He embraced a creed of silent mindful awareness, and yet he destroyed that inner peace with a smart phone connecting us into the whole chaos of existence. But can there be any value in transcending materialism if you have never experienced the lust to possess? What is the value of achieving one-ness if you have never lived multiplicity? If someone who begins his life in revolt against capitalism ends up as CEO of the world’s richest company, does that make him a hypocrite or a boundary-shattering genius? We need books like this to help answer such questions.

We also learn that Jobs’ final wish was for everyone at his funeral to be given a copy of The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda – a book that he adored and re-read every year. How much of the man’s deeper nature can be found by reading this book, and why did he think it was so important for the next generation of business leaders to read it?

The Business Innovation Leaders Forum interviewed Nalanie Harilela Chellaram and Shaman Chellaram – two members of the famous Harilela business family that are also known for their experience bridging modern business and spiritual insights. The interview asks why this autobiography was so influential and what it meant for Jobs. This podcast will be released though the Business Innovation Leaders Forum this January.

And for this Book of the Month we are also offering the option to include The Autobiography of a Yogi as a bonus for those wanting to dig deeper into the mind of Steve Jobs.

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