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Future | Economic Outlook

How Generalists Spot Global Business Trends: Q&A with Vikram Mansharamani, Global Business Expert

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 27th, 2017

“The future doesn’t have to surprise you.”  So says VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI, an expert on global business trends, Harvard Lecturer, author, and investor.   How can we get better at anticipating the future? I asked him when we met.   The flood of political, economic, technological, social, and market forces that bombard us every day is overwhelming and distracting.  It prevents us from paying attention to what really matters, he said.  He noted the usual response to this noise is to focus narrowly or turn to specialists for help.  But is that the right path?  Have we been blinded by focus?  Has the mantra of expertise and specialization misled us?  Vikram thinks the pendulum has swung too far.   Vikram offers scores of compelling real-life examples that show how the narrow focus and specialization can lead us to miss the most important signals – the ones we’re least primed to see.  The advice Vikram offers is counter-intuitive.  He advocates opening up to get a broader view; to "zoom out" as he calls it, and then connect the dots. He calls the logic the generalist’s approach.  Breadth, Vikram argues, is as important as depth.  Generalists win by paying attention to more than their area of expertise.  Vikram's generalist framework for looking at the world differently and meeting disruption head-on.  I sat down with global business expert Vikram Mansharamani to discuss his approach to spotting global business trends, his teaching, and his speaking. Some interesting ideas here.  I hope you enjoy his comments. 

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Future

Vikram Mansharamani: Who's Better, Experts or Generalists?

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 3rd, 2017

The fox knows many things - but the hedgehog knows one big thing. In a world of great uncertainty, is it better to be a fox or a hedgehog?

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Future | HR Focus | Innovation | Managing/Leading Change

Smart Technology & Workplace of the Future: Top Economic Expert Weighs In

By: Tony D'Amelio
October 18th, 2016

Smart technology has drastically altered how we operate in everyday life, and the workplace is no exception. These technological advancements have contributed significantly to how businesses operate both in the big picture and in day-to-day activities. With smart technology evolving at such a fast pace, what’s in store for the workplace of the future?

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American Politics | Future | International Affairs & Business | Economic Outlook

Global business update: global dis-integration ahead?

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 28th, 2016

Vikram Mansharamani's global business update: what you see depends on where you sit.

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American Politics | Future | International Affairs & Business

Brexit Update - Speakers on Political & Business Impact

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 27th, 2016

--The Dis-integration of Global Business?-- Brexit Update: the Political & Business Impact

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Future | Innovation | Managing/Leading Change | Leadership | Economic Outlook

New Business Models for a Friction-Free Economy

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 21st, 2016

New Business Models for the Friction-Free Economy

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Future | Motivation | Economic Outlook

Best Commencement Advice for 2016 - Vikram Mansharamani

By: Tony D'Amelio
June 2nd, 2016

Thiel - Sandberg - Miranda- and More VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI on 2016's Best Commencement Advice

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Marketing & PR | American Politics | Event Ideas | Future | Motivation | Speaking Industry

Our Popular Business Speakers - DN Speakers in the News

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 19th, 2016

POPULAR BUSINESS SPEAKERS - DN EXPERTS IN THE NEWS DN has popular business speakers for events.  Many have been in the news in the past week.  Please see the updates below.

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Future | Speaking Industry | Economic Outlook

Saudi Arabia on the Brink

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 28th, 2016

-Vikram Mansharamani- Saudi Arabia Navigating an Uncertain Future

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Event Ideas | Future | Speaking Industry | Economic Outlook

Bubble Economy Fears – Vikram Mansharamani

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 17th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_13128" align="aligncenter" width="600"] -Global Financial Markets Forum- Speaking in Abu Dhabi
 Mansharamani makes headlines.[/caption]

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