This week, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at the Forbes Asia CEO Conference on “taking the optimal route” – How do CEOs lead across borders? How do you innovate and serve consumers worldwide who have different tastes? Since people are our greatest asset and competitive advantage, how do CEOs ensure they are hiring the best and brightest talent?
I was joined by fellow panelists Mr. Fu Jun, CEO and president of China-based Macrolink Group, Herb Kohler, president and CEO of Kohler Companies, Gary Loveman, chairman and CEO of Caesars Entertainment, and the head of public policy for Ernst & Young Beth Brooke. Kohler and Caesars are both good Dell customers, and Dell works closely with E&Y on many of our entrepreneurial ventures including the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and their Strategic Growth Forum and Entrepreneur of the Year program. Probably the most fun we had during panel discussion was when the conversation turned to technology and toilets. A first for me, I have to admit, but something Mr. Kohler and team have been working on for a while to meet the needs of customers in Japan and now worldwide! There were many meaningful topics covered, and I’ve highlighted a few key takeaways that most CEOs I encounter are thinking about as they grow globally:
Beth said it well when she said “Great leaders understand the need for difference. But leaders must go beyond understanding to a passion for difference and diversity. Manage the friction. Harness it.” I’d love to hear your thoughts and how your company is “taking the optimal route” to global growth.
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Steve or moderator. I need your help. I am a customer who has been working with Dell to resolove a problem that has been ongoing for one and half months now. After four incorrect replacements, Dell and I have determined there are going to issue a partial refund. Its been two weeks now and a random employee is asking the following over a nonencrypted email.
Expiration Date (mm/yy):
Verbal Auth Code:
Are they crazy. I have been try to resolve this for since 7/29/11. Please help!
@dgpps: Sorry for the trouble you have seen up to this point. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
From there, I’ll ask someone from the support team to contact you so e can get to the bottom of it.