The Quest for Innovation

Robert Sher’s Keynote Address– December 8, 2010
for
Grant Thornton’s Event
The Quest for Innovation”

This keynote was delivered for Grant Thornton’s 4th Annual Food and Beverage Industry Forum on December 8th, 2010 in San Francisco at the City Club. Watch the first 10 minutes of that presentation.

Cycle of Growth

In this opening session address to the St. Mary’s Graduate School of Business, Robert outlines a life philosophy of blending and intensifying learning, practice, and teaching into your life: that we must never stop learning, nor stop practicing, nor stop teaching. Together they form a cycle of growth for all individuals.

Watch Video Below or to read the text here.

Robert Sher on Fox Business

Robert appears on Fox Business to discuss a recent announcement by Steve Jobs of Apple that he is taking a six month medical leave of absence.

Anchor David Asman questions Rob on issues of both Corporate Responsibility and Design Expertise.  Rob appears at about 2:50 into the clip.

 

The One Page Business Plan

Robert Sher opens his two-hour Business Planning workshop with the Pro-Track class of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. Press “Read More” for video link.

Strategic planning processes have changed little in the last thirty years. They remain too complex and ineffective. Many CEOs complain their planning processes take too long and are of little value. Why not implement a results based system that links strategy, execution and accountability?

If your company is struggling with its planning process…it is highly likely you have made too big of a project out of it. Instead of documenting everything you know about your business and all of the decisions that have already been made…get focused on the issues and opportunities that have the potential to move your business forward.

The key to simplicity is focus! Keep your plans simple. Make the decisions that are critical. Monitor progress and results religiously.

See video below for quick summary of a tried and true planning system.

About Robert Sher

Robert Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. He was chief executive of Bentley Publishing Group from 1984 to 2006 and steered the firm to become a leading player in its industry (decorative art publishing).

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Forbes.com columnist, author and CEO coach Robert Sher delivers keynotes and workshops, including combining content with facilitation of peer discussions on business topics.

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