There are many ways to reflect on our experiences.
A year ago I tried something for the first time: blogging on SCN. You might have read my first post, about the people I met in 2013. Hopefully, you enjoyed it, or at the very least were inspired to think about some of the people who made your year a memorable one.
Since that first post I have written extensively, on SCN, LinkedIn, Diginomica and elsewhere. In the spirit of never forgetting how I got started, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate that first post and share with everyone some of the people who made my 2014 so special. Here it goes – again in no particular order:
Early last year I made my first visit to Harvard Business School in Cambridge. I was introduced to a brilliant professor and a true gentleman, Clayton Christensen. His work, namely The Innovator’s Dilemma¸ is widely admired and remains one of the most influential commentaries about the challenges of disruption and business model innovation. Meeting Clay was a thrill, but it was ultimately pairing him together with SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner that proved most exciting. If you didn’t watch their conversation at SAPPHIRE, you missed a rare and unscripted discussion between two giants of academic theory and business execution.
CEOs and public officials annually devote a few days to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Last year SAP made the decision to focus the discussion on the up-and-coming leaders who will shape the future of the global economy. Caroline Ghosn was among the dynamic young executives in Davos, and I had the pleasure to share a conversation with her during a breakfast event. Caroline founded Levo League, a dynamic community of young professional women with the vision for “a future where there is no income or achievement disparity between women and men across industries.” She’s ambitious, engaging and totally passionate about improving people’s lives.
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