Fortune Global Forum

Fortune Global Forum

Connected Futures is reporting live from the event, which is being held Nov. 2-4 in San Francisco.

Today’s Biggest CEO Challenges


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When you have a room full of global CEOs, and you want to know what’s top of mind, ask them what challenges they are currently facing. That’s what Ram Charan, author and consultant, Charan Associates asked during this week’s Fortune Global Forum. And here’s what the CEOs had to say:

  • Balancing innovation and growth with strategy planning.
  • Changing culture with in the organization.
  • Succession planning: The most important role of the board is succession, but how does the board get visibility down 1-2 levels or more. The board only sees the top level.
  • Planning for long term and short term at the same time.
  • Attracting people with different profiles.
  • Dealing with current success, while still getting your organization to change. The curse of success is never final.
  • Figuring out to do next: What got you to here, will not get you to there.
  • Dealing with multiple levels of disruption (disruptive economy, disruptive regulations, disruptive markets)
  • Moving the company ahead: Do you have the right board to move your organization forward?
  • Determining where to focus and where to spend time.
  • Keeping your eye on the prize: Are you being disrupted or are you a disruptor?

TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2015, 7:12 P.M.

Seen and Heard:


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“It’s possible your competitors will be $1 billion companies with only a CEO and CIO, and the rest outsourced.”

– John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco

“Digital doesn’t start with technology. It starts with, ‘what are the fundamental customer concerns and how do I solve it.’”

– Hubert Joly, Chairman and CEO, Best Buy


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“I don’t know of a company that makes a product that shouldn’t want to create a service.”

– Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM

“Gone are the times where you do a broad stroke of the strategy for the year.”

– Monsanto attendee in the audience

“Digital is not a thing. It is a way of doing things.”

– Hugo Sarrazin, Director, McKinsey during Fortune Global forum


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“No business can be successful if it stands still.”

– Yang Yuanqing, CEO, Lenovo

“If we didn’t make big bets we’d have stage coaches on the freeways.”

– John Stumpf, CEO, Wells Fargo

“It’s not about the technology…it’s not about the cloud…it’s about the customer relationship.”

– Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com


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“If you are betting on a digital economy, bet on India.”

– John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco


FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2015, 11:05 A.M.

Winning in the Disruptive Century. That’s the theme of next week’s Fortune Global Forum.

Connected Futures is excited to tell you that our editorial team will be on the ground reporting live from the event, which is being held Nov. 2-4 in San Francisco.

We will be bringing to you commentary from many of the sessions. Speakers include some amazing thought leaders and innovative C-Level executives including:

  • John Stumpf, Chairman, President and CEO, Wells Fargo & Co
  • Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder, Alphabet Inc.
  • David Gilboa, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • Chip Bergh, President and CEO, Levi Strauss
  • Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO, Aetna
  • Walt Bettinger, President and CEO, Charles Schwab
  • Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, XPRIZE
  • Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

We will be delivering to you a live news feed via Twitter (@CFuturesMag) and daily updates, right here, throughout the event. Take a look at the agenda. The event will also be live streamed, here.

If you can’t attend, let us know what sessions you’d like to hear about, and we’ll get our editors ready to report the story. If you are there, please look for us onsite, we’d love to meet you and chat with you.

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