This article is a continuation of the discussion I started in It’s All About the Future where I describe a few principles of leadership based on the bestselling book The Ride of a Lifetime by Disney’s former CEO Bob Iger, and my own book The Exponential Era. In the first article, I talked about the importance of establishing priorities, and how strategic planning needs to evolve from a painstaking, slow, overly analytical process, to one that is much more dynamic and agile.

This time I would like to turn your attention to the topic of innovation which Bob Iger discussed…

The Ride of a Lifetime image courtesy of Amazon

Bob Iger had a very successful corporate career culminating in the CEO job at Disney, a position he held for 15 years. In his bestselling book, The Ride of a Lifetime, Bob describes his story and provides many great insights on the principles of leadership.

One of my favorite chapters in the book is Chapter 7 — It’s About the Future. In it, Bob describes the dilemma he was in when he was running for the CEO job. As the COO, he was number two in command under Michael Eisner. …

Today I had a call with Derek Notman and asked him how his business was going. “Excellent,” he said. “Business is booming, and I am very busy.” His response may sound very strange amid the Covid-19 crisis when unemployment is soaring, and most small businesses are struggling to survive. You would be even more surprised to learn that Derek works in a very traditional industry that depends on face-to-face human interactions.

Derek is a Financial Advisor. But he is also a pioneer and Founder of , a business that helps other Financial Advisors create a virtual advisory system. Derek saw…

By David Espindola and Michael W. Wright

In the Exponential Era transitions happen gradually, then suddenly. In this environment, it is extremely important that all businesses get ahead of the rise in the curve, also known as the inflection point. This is the period of time when changes are still being made gradually, and when the opportunities are wide open to those who can see ahead and can take advantage of them. At the inflection point, the exponential curve starts to turn and then shoots straight up quickly, passing a point of departure from which there is no return. After…

We are living in one of the most exhilarating times in human history. A time of new discoveries and fast changes unlike any other era. What makes this time particularly unique is that these changes are happening at a rate that is difficult for our brains to comprehend, represented graphically by a mathematical expression that is not found often in nature: the exponential curve. Our minds have been conditioned to think of growth and change in linear terms because that is what we are familiar with. Think about how we age, one year at a time. Think about how a…

According to Wikipedia, the boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger. It will slowly grow too weak to jump and be cooked to death.

Many companies behave like boiling frogs. Some completely miss the fact that a change in a horizon line, like technology, society, competitors, markets, or other business factors, represent a real threat…

En el artículo La inteligencia artificial está sobre nosotros, ¿estamos listos?discutimos algunos de los dilemas éticos a los que nos enfrentaremos cuando tratemos de lidiar con el escenario sin precedentes de otro ser inteligente que comparte el planeta con nosotros. En este artículo, nos centraremos en uno de los muchos desafíos que encontraremos en este nuevo mundo con Inteligencia Artificial: las consecuencias que derivan de las decisiones tomadas por la IA y que no tienen ninguna explicación.

Incluso antes de que IA logre la inteligencia a nivel humano, también conocida como IA fuerte, tendremos que empezar a lidiar con el…

In the article Artificial Intelligence is Upon Us — Are We Ready? we discussed some of the ethical dilemmas we will face as we try to deal with the unprecedented scenario of another intelligent being sharing the planet with us. In this article we narrow our focus on one of the many challenges we will encounter in a new world shared with AI: The consequences of AI decisions that no human can explain.

Even before AI achieves human-level intelligence, also known as strong AI, we will have to deal with the fact that decisions will be made by computer algorithms…

“Philosophically, intellectually — in every way — human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.”

Henry Kissinger, How the Enlightenment Ends

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is getting a lot of attention these days, particularly in the technology industry and in corporate boardrooms. AI is also becoming prevalent in consumers everyday lives. Consumers don’t always recognize it as such, as corporate marketing experts prefer to avoid technical jargon and instead use consumer friendly names like Siri and Alexa — but for people that are more technically inclined, the ubiquitous presence of AI is hard to miss.

AI is not a new concept. In fact, its roots go back several decades. So why so much buzz now? Is…

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As individuals, we can achieve many commendable accomplishments. However, significant, large achievements that have a major impact in a company, a community, or the entire world, can only be achieved with a team. This article explores the 7 traits of highly effective teams.

  1. Strong Leadership

Every team has at least one leader. Leaders are fundamental to highly effective teams because they set the vision that brings the team together. The most effective leaders are the ones that are sought after by the team. …

David Espindola

Technology Strategist and Advisor Helping Organizations Stay Ahead of the Curve in the Exponential Era

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