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Many business leaders speak of failure when they talk about innovation. The tough lessons. The unwise investment decisions. The hours of toil, often without recognition. The near misses, many recount, are especially painful to recall.

Yet through it all — through the missteps of trial and error — we pursue innovation as if it's a pass/fail score in a college classroom. It is not. The recent assemblage of experts on creativity, marketing and technology at the recent World Innovation Forum in New York City drive that point home as never before.


Published on: Monday, July 30, 2012

Follow the Leader: Guy Kawasaki (1 of 2)

In this video interview Guy Kawasaki, author, former chief evangelist of Apple, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures, and founder of addresses how to turn innovation into action through prototyping; why going to market faster is critical for growth; and why making money begins with making the world a better place.


If you remember rotary phones, have VHS tapes in your home, and found fax machines revolutionary, then you might have encountered age discrimination in recent job search experiences. Forty-two percent of the executives surveyed by ExecuNet believed their age would negatively affect their ability to land their next position, and they were, on average, 51 years old.


Published on: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Talent that’s Not Worth the Trouble

Posted By: Joseph Daniel McCool
Filed Under: leadership, joseph daniel mccool, culture, executive hiring, behavior, develop strong teams
At what point does an incredibly talented or richly experienced member of your team become a liability?

This is the paramount question that several organizations — from college sports teams, government agencies and companies — have had to confront in recent weeks and months as their organizations' credibility was questioned in the wake of scandals involving coaches, federal employees and senior business executives.


Published on: Monday, July 23, 2012

So What, Exactly, is the CEO’s Primary Role?

Posted By: Joseph Daniel McCool
Filed Under: leadership, joseph daniel mccool, ceo, effective management, responsibilities
So, what, exactly, is the chief executive officer's primary role?

What should CEOs be focused on today?

What should they never lose sight of?

If recent news headlines about high-profile CEOs and the astute observations of ExecuNet members in our functional role-specific Roundtables are any indication, it seems two things are true.


What World Renowned Business Leaders Have to Say

Many of the world's top business leaders, from a variety of industries, gathered in New York City to share their views on business and the challenges today's leaders will face in the coming years. Attendees learned how visionaries from a wide range of management disciplines define the process and commitments required to realize the potential for raising organizational performance in a time of lingering economic uncertainty and a changing global economy. These are can't miss insights for any business executive!

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