Jack Welch: We need passionate people with passionate ideas

by C:F Team on 13th October, 2010 at 3:01 PM CEST

C:F President Andreja Kodrin and Vice-president Nevenka Cresnar Pergar were among 4,500 business executives from 65 countries attending the 7th World Business Forum at the Radio City Hall in New York, USA last week. This largest gathering of senior executives in the US brings together an incredible line-up of world leaders, speakers and business executives and responds to what is happening in the world now in various critical areas including global financial markets, social media, healthcare and the future of globalization. The theme for this year’s WBF was “Strategy, Innovation and Communication” with speakers such as Jim Collins, Jack Welch, Charlene Li, Martin Lindstrom, Joseph Stiglitz, Renee Mauborgne, Vijay Govindarajan, Al Gore, James Cameron and many others.

Andreja and Nevenka have been in the right place at the right time to give The Future Book to Jack Welch, the most admired CEO in the world. During his 20 years as Chairman and CEO of General Electric, he transformed the company into powerhouse and increased GE's market value by $387 billion. Jack is still influential and inspirational speaker with “sparkling” eyes and his message is that the world urgently needs “passionate people with passionate ideas”. 

Jack Welch at 7th World Business Forum

Selection of some interesting thoughts collected by Andreja that might be inspiring for Challenge:Future members and tomorrow leaders:

Jim Collins, one of the most influential management thinkers alive: “not try to be only interesting but also interested in” and “for great results you need disciplined people with disciplined ideas with disciplined actions”

Vijay Govindarajan, one of world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation: “the focus of the management should turn from managing the present to creating the future” as well as very linked to C:F “the future is not about what you will do in the future but what you are doing now”.

Al Gore, the former Vice President "We have a tendency to think if it didn't happen in the past, it's not likely to happen in the future. We never had to think about the relationship between us and the environment." Gore cites three major contributors to the climate crisis: the global population explosion, which taxes resources; the dramatic expansion of the power-draining technologies we use; and finally, the way we think about capitalism.

"Capitalism is the most efficient form of organizing economic activity the world has ever seen. It unlocks the human potential. It has a set of organic and ubiquitous incentives. It's great that capitalism is our system," asserted the Nobel Prize winner, however, he argued, it is long past time to address the structural problems that distorted the way we operate. It's the short-term thinking that recently brought down the financial system and how that same lack of vision prevents long-range environmental solution planning.


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Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

That's as simple as the message gets : Passionate People with Passionate Ideas.... #WhatTheWorldNeeds

13th October, 2010 @ 5:37 PM CEST

marjolein van Mooselar

marjolein van Mooselar

wow, and he is what about 75 years old!!!

14th October, 2010 @ 2:57 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Most admired CEO, Jack Welch

Energy we can feel from 1 single picture also.. :)
Bravo C:F... Rock the world :)

15th October, 2010 @ 6:48 AM CEST

Jelena Popovic

Jelena Popovic

Passionate people with passionate ideas...I agree with you.

24th February, 2011 @ 10:46 PM CEST

Tijana Dajkovic

Tijana Dajkovic

If you have energy, you have to do something. Just let that passion leads to it.

25th February, 2011 @ 1:46 PM CEST

Dzenan Jusovic

Dzenan Jusovic

Just to remind you: CREDENDO VIDES- who believes that sees!!
If you have energy and faith, there is no "Mission impossible" !!

25th February, 2011 @ 11:58 PM CEST

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