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CONFERENCE KEYNOTES

23 Insights from The Future-Ready Organization:
Visionary Leaders, Shaping What’s Next

“The future depends on what you do today.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Everybody understands that the future requires pivotal change, and pivotal change requires innovation, and innovation takes time, patience, and capital.

The future looks like a laundry list of risks for business—and the planet. From the economy to trade, from the digital revolution to the climate crisis, pivotal changes are confronting business. And pivotal change requires innovation, which requires time, patience, and capital. How will companies survive and thrive? They must take a long-term view while accommodating new structures and systems in the short term. They must focus on both their customers and their employees while balancing digital risk and innovation. And they must take heart, because all these challenges take place against a backdrop of opportunity: millennial pressure on companies to exercise social responsibility and government inaction put business in a unique position to step up and find solutions to the problems that confront us all.

When 150 practitioners and experts met to talk about future readiness, we took notes. Here are highlights:

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