Your zip code may be the most important factor determining your economic future. So says a report released this month by the McKinsey Global Institute. Below is a link to that study and three other articles/reports worthy of your time on important trends that will impact you and your business/profession. I found them compelling and I think you will too. D’Amelio Network manages experts who speak on these issues and more. In fact, our GEOFF COLVIN of Fortune wrote two of the pieces cited below. Please think of us the next time the need for a speaker arises. It would be a pleasure to put our experts' insights and experience to work for you. --Tony D'Amelio
“Financial markets send messages. One of the great lessons over three decades of work is learning how to heed those messages. What I love about speaking is to share those lessons with audiences so they may be forewarned and forearmed as to future economic, political and geopolitical events.” --RON INSANA Ron Insana was a trailblazer; among the first group of financial journalists who launched the Financial News Network (FNN) in 1984. When FNN merged with CNBC in 1991, Ron continued to cover the most important stories affecting the financial markets as an anchor and correspondent on CNBC and on other NBC news outlets. In the process, he became one of the most visible reporters broadcasting financial news. During his broadcasting career, Ron has received numerous honors for his work. He was named one of the "Top 100 Business News Journalists of the 20th Century" and was nominated for a news and documentary Emmy Award for his role in NBC's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Currently a senior analyst and commentator for CNBC, Ron also hosts The Market Score Board Report, a thrice-daily nationally syndicated radio program. He is also currently senior adviser at Schroders Investment Management. As a financial journalist, Ron stands alone as someone who ran his own hedge fund – experience that adds to the depth of his insights. He’s also written for Money magazine, USA Today, and authored four bestselling books on investing and reading the financial market. Over the years, Ron became well-known for his high-profile interviews, which included Presidents Clinton and Bush; billionaire investors Warren Buffett, George Soros and Julian Robertson, among others; captains of industry like Bill Gates, Jack Welch and the late Steve Jobs; top economists, analysts and global heads of state, from Former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, to Jordan's Queen, Rania. RON INSANA: U.S. Becoming an Economic Fortress Ron Insana is a bestselling author of four books: How to Make a Fortune from the Biggest Bailout in U.S. History (2009); Traders Tales: A Chronicle of Wall Street Myths, Legends, and Outright Lies (1996); Trend Watching: Don’t Be Fooled by the Next Investment Fad, Mania, or Bubble (2002); and The Message of the Markets: How Financial Markets Foretell the Future -- and How You Can Profit from Their Guidance (2000). SUPPLEMENTAL READING: RON INSANA'S SPEAKER PROFILE In unsettled times, experience matters – that’s why we brought Ron on board as our newest client. In Ron’s speeches, he explains how Wall Street, Main Street, and Washington intersect – translating the market signals and political maneuvers into actionable information everyone can understand and use to protect what they have and find opportunities in any type of market condition.
BEFORE WE GET INTO THE SERIOUS STUFF - I received an email from GEOFF COLVIN of Fortune this week that said “For Christmas, my mother signed me up for 23 and Me DNA testing. The company surveys its customers on zillions of things (When do you get up in the morning? Do you like asparagus?) and then correlates the results with people's DNA. I just received an email from the company with a link to a new report based on my DNA: Geoff, based on your genetics and other factors, you are less likely to have a fear of public speaking.” “I’m relieved,” I replied! When it comes to speaking before audiences at top events around the world - something Geoff does with ease and quite frequently - the mountain of cover stories, columns, and feature articles he has written for Fortune are a window on the sheer breadth of expertise and insights he brings to audiences. I’ve listed links below to some notable articles by Geoff in Fortune. Some truly outstanding reporting that is designed to help leaders of all stripes be informed about the technological, economic, political, and market forces disrupting the business landscape. Even better - Geoff's pipeline to top business leaders gives him the chance to explain what they're doing right now to adapt to the disruption and win.
The Boeing 737 Max problem is a case study in crisis leadership, and though it’s still playing out, we can already say it’s unlikely to be remembered as a model of how to do it. Three errors stand out.
Hardiness and the Courage To Lead How do great leaders find courage in defining moments, while most people don’t? That question has intrigued GEOFF COLVIN for years and led him to spearhead Fortune’s effort to create a different kind of top leaders list in 2014. Last week, Fortune announced the sixth annual World’s Greatest Leaders for 2019. As in the past, this year's list has some names you’ll know and many more that you won’t; but they all share a common trait: “Great leaders never know for sure if their plans will work, but they plunge ahead anyway,” says Geoff. “That’s why we recognize sheer audacity, well-intended, even if the results aren’t known and even if the plans aren’t universally applauded.”
Marketing expert DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT is marking the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing by sharing a treasure trove of memorabilia from his extensive collection of Apollo-related items. David owns what he believes to be the world's largest and most-complete collection of original press kits from NASA and companies associated with the lunar landing effort. It's truly one-of-a-kind. Check out David's collection on the website he created: ApolloPressKits.com.
Basketball legend BILL WALTON could be the most colorful character from the world of sports. He is a curious guy with wide-ranging interests and pursuits – and he loves to talk about all of them. If you’ve ever watched a basketball game he’s broadcasted, you know just how off topic Bill can go – pulling in obscure references to science, literature, music, and more. Some sports fans find that distracting, but most everyone else watching finds it uniquely entertaining.
If I asked you about your hobby, your dog/cat/goldfish, your favorite sports team, or a cause you care about, you could probably talk passionately about it for an hour. It's the same for each of us; when we care deeply about something, we tell our friends and become advocates for that which we care about. We've all heard stories about Harley-Davidson owners who are so invested in the company's ethos that they have the company logo tattooed on their body.
BILL TAYLOR, the co-founder of Fast Company magazine, has devoted his career to studying how the best companies and leaders navigate a world filled with disruptive change: new business models, groundbreaking technology, and so much more. In his three books (the most recent, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways), Bill highlights the mavericks who have transformed their organizations and become industry disruptors themselves - in banking, in healthcare, in manufacturing, in transportation, in foodservice -- even a parking garage!
Happy Valentine's Day! On the day that we celebrate the heart, I want to share a story about a very special man. Basketball legend BILL WALTON is a true gentle man whose limitless kindness toward others reveals deep humanity and enormous heart. Not a week goes by that I don't hear one or two stories about Bill's generosity of spirit, but this one especially caught my attention.