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“De-season” yourself to remain innovative!

July 27th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Earlier this month, Heidi Groshelle invited me as a keynote speaker to the ExecEvent organized by Greg Duplessie — it is an exclusive networking event for industry executives focusing on the data storage marketplace. I was asked to share tips and tricks about being an executive. Vast topic! So I decided to address only one [...]

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Wells Fargo: “Gayness” and Leadership, Inclusiveness for Real

June 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments · Talents, Innovators

Guest post by Joanna Clark
The Diverse Leaders Program : Late this spring I was nominated and accepted to attend the Diverse Leaders Program with my new company Wells Fargo.  I joined Wells Fargo after a 15-year career at a similarly large multi-national company holding various leadership roles within its Talent Acquisition organization.  What makes this [...]

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Ken Fischer, President of the UMS: Leading by touching people’s lives

November 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Talents, Innovators

Twice a year, I look forward to the meeting of the UMS National Council Members, and each time I am struck by the leadership of Kenneth Fischer, the President of the University Musical Society (UMS) in Ann Arbor, MI.
Leadership: you know it when you see it… However hard it may be to define, you know [...]

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Apple: The magic of a steady revolution in our daily lives

September 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

This is a post that I wrote in French for Atlantico.fr earlier this week and that my daughter, Sophie Delphis translated.
The buzz generated by Steve Jobs’ announcement of his departure was unprecedented in the history of the industry. This is hardly surprising: even Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, and one of the most [...]

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Women@theFrontier: The Power of Empowering

August 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Earlier this week at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, I was the keynote speaker at the second annual Conference of Women@theFrontier founded by Susan Fonseca-Klein, also founding architect of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to [...]

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Five tips for entrepreneurs in two minutes: Conversation with Jacques Birol

May 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

I was in Paris last month for the launch of the French version of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (”Enchantement“) at one of the great business schools over there, ESCP Europe. The following day, I met with fantastic entrepreneurs at Le Camping, a six-month accelerator program located inside the Palais Brongniart. I had a conversation on the [...]

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Practically Radical by Bill Taylor: Innovation in “Vujà-dé” territories

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Book Review

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
Practically Radical, by Bill Taylor, the co-founder of Fast Company, is about transforming your company, shaking up your industry, and challenging yourself. Now, where do you start? Not from a vacuum: the times for dreams of starting from a clean slate and building up utopias are long gone. So, be practical. Yet adopting [...]

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The art of continuous self-reinvention: What started Nilofer Merchant on the entrepreneurial road

December 5th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Entrepreneurs

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
Chatting over breakfast the other day at Il Fornaio with Nilofer Merchant, whose book The New How, Building Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy I discussed in a former post, I realized that a “new how” often starts with a “new me.” This “new me” can be triggered by unforeseen events – events that [...]

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No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power, by Gloria Feldt

October 24th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Book Review, Entrepreneurs

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
Last Friday, Marian Scheuer Sofaer invited a few friends for a breakfast in Palo Alto, CA with Gloria Feldt, who presented her now famous book, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power. A great intimate setting early in the morning that did not diminish Gloria’s energy and determination to fight [...]

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Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup: Do More Faster, by Brad Feld and David Cohen

October 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Book Review, Entrepreneurs

David Cohen is the founder and CEO of Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, and Brad Feld has been an early stage investor for over twenty-five years. Both authors are innate entrepreneurs and authentically love entrepreneurs. So Do more faster is not simply a platform to create speaking-opportunities, but the sincere expression of their desire to [...]

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