Sunday, October 21 at 3pm - Glenn Rifkin presents "Future Forward: Leadership Lessons from Patrick J. McGovern"
Please join us on Sunday, October 21 at 3pm, when Glenn Rifkin presents Future Forward. There will be time for Q&A and book signing after the author presentation.
Glenn Rifkin has been a contributing writer for the New York Times business section for nearly 30 years and has written for dozens of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Boston Globe, and Fortune. In the 1980s, Rifkin was a senior editor at Computerworld, IDG’s leading publication, where he got a firsthand introduction to Patrick McGovern’s remarkable leadership capabilities. Rifkin has consulted with a variety of companies, such as Boston Consulting Group, Korn Ferry International, Mercer Consulting, WPP, HCL Technologies, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has also worked with Harvard Business School on editorial projects. He is the coauthor of Radical Marketing,The Ultimate Entrepreneur, and The CEO and the Monk.
Powerful lessons in forward-thinking leadership from the global business pioneer who turned IDG into a $3 billion technology media and venture capital empire
Like Steve Jobs, Patrick McGovern created a worldwide multibillion-dollar industry by thinking differently, disrupting old business models, and embracing new global trends. He drove the future forward and never looked back. His company, International Data Group (IDG), quickly became a global powerhouse with information technology publications in markets around the world. IDG broke new ground in the 1980s by opening offices in China, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and other markets deemed off-limits. IDG thrived across a series of technology and media industry shifts— from mainframe computers to minicomputers to personal computers, from print to digital, and through into the age of the Internet and smartphones—that upended many rivals. Living at the intersection of these classic disruptions, McGovern never missed a beat. And he understood well before most that a revolution in information technology was underway and not only was there money to be made but that this business would soon become the world’s largest industry. His leadership in the creation of one of the world’s leading brain research institutes at MIT only served to cement his legacy. His bold vision and fearless risk-taking made McGovern a legend among leaders. In today’s ever-changing global marketplace, his leadership lessons are more timely and important than ever.
In Future Forward, leaders will find 10 essential lessons that can be easily applied to any business, from small startups to giant corporations. These include: “Let’s try it. Encourage entrepreneurial behavior and back it up with serious commitment.” “Decentralize. When building a global empire, every market is local.” “Love your employees. Adore your customers.” Leaders at every level will discover outside-the-box approaches to employee engagement, entrepreneurial commitment, and radical innovation. These are the lessons of a true visionary. This is how successful leaders take risks, take charge, and take the future by storm.
- •Patrick McGovern’s approach to leadership, disruption, and innovation can be applied to any industry, especially those looking to expand into new global markets.
- •McGovern foresaw and leveraged the global reach and power of technology, and built a $3 billion company that was the voice of the information technology revolution.
- •McGovern was the first Western publisher to set up shop in China. He made 130 trips to China during his lifetime and learned how to build a successful business there by staying ever present in the market. He also built the first venture capital firm in China, and turned it into the largest and most successful venture company in that exploding economy.
- •Under McGovern’s leadership, IDG became a leading technology media, data, and marketing services company, operating in 97 countries and publishing such major publications as Computerworld, CIO, PCWorld, and Macworld. IDG created the “For Dummies” book series as well.