Davos week is a time for brash statements and big predictions, and no more so than when discussing technology. However, with the visionary talk now over, Stefan Stern warns managers to deal in realities not futuristic fantasies.
In addition to their standard economic objectives, entrepreneurs in the world’s most advanced societies have also begun to pursue social and environmental value. Achieving professional goals is no longer enough: some business owners are seeking mutual benefit and trying to solve problems in their communities. Female entrepreneurs play a central role in this culture.
Authenticity is not always a desirable trait in a manager, especially if their natural behaviour is unpleasant. Managers need to adopt different styles for different situations, says Stefan Stern.
‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ This age-old saying speaks to an ever-present concern about international business: how do you manage people you cannot see and seldom visit? While businesses love to celebrate the promise of globalization, there is less discussion of its practicalities.
This FT book review of Svend Brinkmann’s Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze is a welcome antidote to the promise of positive thinking. It will certainly prompt executives to reflect on, and refine, their work and career expectations.