Diamandis came armed with some incredible facts and ideas around the pace of innovation. He made the case that humans evolved in a linear and local environment, and can’t easily conceive the exponential technologies shaping the world. He talked about the ongoing significant disruption in such industries as healthcare, banking, education, retail, real estate, and the impact of innovations such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. As leaders, we have to better understand this pace of change, and figure out how we ensure our organizations aren’t left behind. He went on to discuss that keeping up with the pace of change requires companies to embrace, rather than fear, experimentation.
Mike Krzyzewski, who also spoke at our Executive Symposium, certainly knows about teams. As head basketball coach at Duke University, he’s led the men’s team to five NCAA basketball championships (including just last year), and is a six-time gold medal winner as coach of Team USA. Krzyzewski emphasized the importance of the team over any individual player’s performance—being on a team means we own it all, and when we win, we all share that win.