Wisdom of Technology Entrepreneurs

I love Wired as a magazine and last month there was an article called MBA-in-a-minute. The business article looked at the graduation day wisdom of tech entrepreneurs and I wanted to share some with you

  • Eric Schmidt of Google- "Entrepreneurs use technology as a tool to improve society…You are the ones who harness it's power"
  • Elon Musk of Paypal – " Imagination is the limit…You are the magicians of the 21st Century; don't let anything hold you back"
  • Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook – "As you lead in this new world, your strength won't come from your place on some org chart, but from building trust and earning respect"
  • Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn – "..think in networks; they create a sonar map of intelligence and expertise, information and insight"
  • Guy Kawasaki of Alltop – " Embrace, accept and cause change…..The ability to change your mind means that you're thinking, questioning and courageous enough to admit mistakes"
  • DJ Patil of Greylock- ""Build quickly, test, fail fast and learn from that experience. …You have to fully commit, to be comfortable failing, learning and repeating the cycle until you accomplish your goal.”

We can all be inspired by great speeches….it can be the fuel to drive through those brick walls which often face us….two things you can do this weekend

  1. Why not write your own graduation speech….to inspire you
  2. Why not get your team together and give them a 5 minute talk about the vision and how each one of them can bring the vision to reality?
Anna has spent over 20 years as a Board Director at several global brands. She now runs her own company The Engaging Brand which supports business leaders who want to transition to the new social business model. She is also a speaker, writer and radio show presenter on social business, indeed her podcast The Engaging Brand has been nominated 6 years running as Best Business Podcast at the Podcast Awards. She brings an unusual mix of experience to business - she has a 1st Class Law Degree, MBA in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. This unusual mix means not just explaining the why of being social but how to turn social into a measurable business tactic to grow your bottom line. Her blog www.theengagingbrand.com is recognised as one of the leading UK marketing blogs.

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