After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle: Future Proof with Diana Wu David

Welcome to “After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle” – a podcast that explores the trending business issues discussed at recent Asia Insight Circle events. This month we’re looking at “The Future of Work” with an event that looks at preparing your company – and yourself – for the many changes underway and forecast to come.

Author Diana Wu David this year published, “Future Proof: Reinventing Yourself in the Age of Acceleration.” This very helpful book reads like an exercise manual to prepare yourself for how jobs are changing. There are options from full-time to part-time to gig worker to manager of a portfolio of roles. Diana interviews over 100 executives to showcase on-the-ground solutions to managing change.

Underpinning her approach is recognition that volatility is here to stay. Over the course of our extended careers and lives, we need to be better prepared for change.

“You will definitely out-last your job,” said Diana. “You will definitely out-last your career, and maybe even your company.”

How do you prepare yourself? Listen to how companies and professionals are preparing themselves with Diana Wu David, author of Future Proof  and our guest on “After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Pre-Briefing Book: Inside Alibaba

We look forward to a full house at our “Inside Alibaba” breakfast on 18 April.

Adam Najberg has been at Alibaba for a number of years. He leads digital content and storytelling. He comes from media, and now manages much of the media relationships. He’s been explaining and expanding upon Alibaba globally.

Biographies of our speaker and audience are attached. We look forward to having you part of our Chatham House conversation on Alibaba. 


Gordon Orr, ex-McKinsey APAC Chief – “Getting on Boards”

Gordon Orr, the former Asia chairman at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, today addressed “Getting on Boards.” He shared his insights into the Board selection process, expected obligations, and how to position yourself for consideration.

On LinkedIn Gordon Orr has 1.5 million followers. You’ll want to subscribe.

Gordon serves as a non-executive director at Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Swire Pacific. He also serves on the board of Lenovo, the US-Chinese technology company.

“The board of directors‘ key purpose is to ensure the company’s prosperity by collectively directing the company’s affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and stakeholders,” according to Brefi, a UK-based organisation that assists companies with the optimisation of their boards.

At our March meeting of Asia Insight Circle, we learned how Boards manage the selection process and what you can do to position yourself for consideration.

An “After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle” podcast will be published the week of 1 April (not kidding).

Board of Directors

Pre-briefing Book: The New Growth Paradigm

Andy Brent – Author, The Growth Director’s Secret

Mi Li – Head of Global Marketing, South China Morning Post

George Liu – CMO, Hong Kong Airlines

Growth is vital to every any business. Yet according to author Andy Brent growth is often the least well-managed area of a business’ operations. In his new book, The Growth Director’s Secret, Mr Brent examines the structural and cultural factors that hold many conventionally-organized companies back.

On Friday, 25 January members and guests join an “Open House” at Asia Insight Circle to learn more about the management of growth. Joining Andy Brent are marketing leaders Ms Mi Li of South China Morning Post and George Liu, CMO of Hong Kong Airlines.

Below is the pre-briefing book for the event including the biographies of all attendees.


Who’s Focused on Growth?

Growth is an assumption of every business. Ask any manager and they’ll say they hope 2019 will bring greater revenue, higher profits, and new products or services to offer. Yet looking deeper at growth it’s a responsibility that’s not assigned to any one person in the company.

The CEO is managing the whole of the business, and gets locked into day-to-day issues across all areas. Marketing is looking at revenue and the products and service offering. Finance is managing all aspects of financial operations, and sales is looking to increase transactions.

In his latest book, marketing expert Andy Brent looks at what aspects of the job a growth director would lead. “The Growth Director’s Secret” starts by slicing across the company to look at the myriad of responsibilities that come with growth – from human resources to finance to marketing.

You can find the preface to his new book here: https://bit.ly/2Qjbwok

In his research, Mr Brent found only one company had assigned a global growth officer. Mondelēz International, Inc., is an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company with about 83,000 people around the world. Timothy Cofer is Chief Growth Officer.

In this role, Tim oversees the teams responsible for corporate strategy, global categories, global marketing, and research, development and quality. This integrated approach enables Mondelēz International to efficiently allocate resources to the biggest and highest return growth opportunities for its global innovation platforms and Power Brands.

Mondelez International website

In September 2018, Mondelēz International Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Van de Put outlined the company’s focus on a global growth culture.

“With strong leadership in our categories, an unparalleled portfolio of global and local brands and a solid footprint in fast-growing markets, we are uniquely positioned to lead the future of snacking. We have developed a clear strategic plan to accelerate our growth and drive attractive total returns centered around three strategic priorities: accelerate consumer-centric growth, drive operational excellence and build a winning growth culture.”


Mondelēz International Outlines Long-Term Strategy and Provides 2019 Guidance

The subject of growth is too important to leave to chance – or to assume that each manager will work in lockstep to achieve one goal. To learn how to bring together all facets of growth, come to the next meeting of Asia Insight Circle on Friday, 25 January 2019.

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