Monday, July 4, 2011

Looking For The
Next Big Idea?

As Alvin Toffler wrote in Future Shock, “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those that cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

"The hardest part for anyone is trying to stay open to new and fresh ideas. I’ll be honest: The first time I saw the Internet, I was cynical. What is the big deal? How do you make money on this thing? I wondered. I had friends who were already talking to people all over the world via ham radio. Boring. But then the dot-com boom happened, and everybody wanted a website. It just took off, and I had to eat crow. Either I was right and it was a waste of time, or it was me who didn’t get it. No one was explaining it to me.

If someone had explained to me that the World Wide Web was a media channel, a publishing site, a storefront, a communications tool, a web log, and a social network all rolled into one, that had low operational costs and had far greater reach and influence than television, then I might not have been so cynical.

So take a page from my failures, and listen to your younger tech experts. Not only because they have the potential to start their own company and compete directly with you (many of my former employees have done just that), but also because the horrifying truth is that someday soon you may have to work for them. Many companies are reporting a shift in team management, with twentysomethings leading a Baby Boomer team. It is happening now."

- excerpt from Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia, page 64

Listening to today's young worker goes against the grain of what most Baby Boomers have been taught. But if you want to stay ahead of the curve and stay cutting edge (or be the cool uncle like me) I suggest you watch for the latest what will replace texting? Will computer tablets like the iPad replace laptops? Will MySpace go out of business?

Asking better questions will get better answers.

Have a GREAT 4th of July for those of you in the United States. And for those of you around the world, enjoy your Monday!!! I want to say enjoy your summer but it is winter in Australia.

Thanks again for reading...

Brad Szollose

Brad is the award winning author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia: Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing The Way We Run Things ISBN-13: 978-1608320554

"Liquid Leadership is a game changer" - TJ, New York

Leadership Lessons from a Web Pioneer.

The Art & Science of
Leading a 21st Century Workforce

Brad Szollose's (pronounced zol-us), is a globally recognized Leadership Development and Management Consultant who helps organizations dominate their industry by tapping into the treasure of a multi-generational workforce. 

He shares his management strategies within the pages of his award-winning, international bestseller Liquid Leadership...strategies that ignited his own company, K2 Design, beginning as a business idea in a coffee shop to a publicly traded company worth $26 Million in just 24 short months with an IPO on NASDAQ.

As a C-Level executive, his unique management model was awarded the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation Amongst Employees (the phrase Workforce Culture did not exist back then).

Today the world’s leading business publications seek out Brad’s insights on Millennials, and he has been featured in Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Advertising Age, The International Business Times, Le Journal du Dimanche and The Hindu Business Line to name a few, along with television, radio and podcast appearances on CBS and other media outlets.

Since the year 2010, and the release of his award-winning international bestseller, Liquid Leadership, Brad has created customized training programs for The American Management Association, Tony Robbins Business Mastery Graduates and Liquidnet Holdings, as well as several dozen Fortune 500 companies to name just a few; preparing them for the next generation of business leaders.

Mr. Szollose is also a TEDXSpeaker, and his talk The Age of Radical Disruption, focuses on the impact video games and serious gaming has had on the work habits and behavior of Generation X & Millennials.

Brad’s programs have transformed a new generation of business leaders, helping them maximize their corporate culture, creativity, innovation, productivity and sales growth in the new Digital Age economy.

Brad's work will expose the secrets to managing a cross-generational workforce:

Brad is the author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia: Cross-Generational Management Strategies That Are Changing The Way We Run Things and the publisher for Journeys to Success: The Millennial Edition: 21 Millennial Authors share their personal journeys of failure and success…based on the success principles of Napoleon Hill.