World Business Forum: Day One Recap

by SixFigureStart | October 06, 2009

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Day one recap:In case it’s escaped your attention, we’ve been camped out at Radio City Music Hall here in New York City all day—as we will be tomorrow—covering the World Business Forum. Because it’s been such a fully-packed day, we thought we’d take this opportunity to offer a brief recap of everything we’ve seen and done so far.

We kicked off the day listening to Bill George deliver 7 tips for leading in a crisis. The tips—like much of the advice at the Forum—aren’t just for leaders though—anyone, and especially job seekers or those looking to advance their careers, can find something to take from them.

That advice also goes for what we learned from Patrick Lencioni, a man who was honest enough to begin his presentation on building winning teams with the disclaimer that “everything I’m about to cover today is simple. In fact you already know it.” While that was true for the most part, it didn’t make the information any less valuable. You can read that here.

The afternoon was dominated by a couple of presentations on the future of the planet—first from private equity king David Rubenstein, who gave the macro-economic picture, while economist Jeffrey Sachs filled us with doom over the question of future sustainability.

Finally, there were two conversations with notable personages that shouldn’t be missed: oilman turned renewable resource pioneer T. Boone Pickens, and filmmaker extraordinaire George Lucas.

As you can see, we’ve already seen some serious highlights, and been given some serious food for thought, and not only are we just at the halfway point, keynote speaker Bill Clinton hasn’t set foot in the building yet—he’s scheduled to speak tomorrow at 4:30pm. So there should be plenty more to come. We hope you’ll join us here—and on Twitter tomorrow.

--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault Staff Writer

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