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750 leaders. 55 countries. 300 businesses. A dozen leading universities.

All gathered on September 20-21, 2011, in New York City for IBM's Centennial THINK Forum on the Future of Leadership. The goal: to open a dialogue about the requirements for leading and compelling meaningful change in the 21st century and beyond.

All leaders today face questions that are both urgent and daunting: How will you drive progress? How will you create value? How will you lead in a global arena? What will you contribute to society?

The observations and visions shared by speakers and attendees about changes confronting the world's systems, and the leadership of organizations and societies begin an evolving and ongoing dialogue on the future of global leadership in the 21st century. Please engage in this conversation with us.


THINK Forum 2011 agenda

Session I: THINK—The Future of Leadership

Leadership has always been crucial for the success of businesses, societies and economies. But what does that mean today? What kinds of leadership—and leaders—are required to create sustainable financial and economic growth, to build globally integrated organizations, and harness the power of emerging markets? This session examined the lessons of IBM's history: the first century of a company that has chosen to manage and lead for the long term by creating and nurturing a culture of innovation. A panel of business thinkers and leaders reflected on the application of the long view to global economic progress and shared their leadership predictions for the future.

  • The Leadership Agenda: Thoughts on the Future of Leadership

    Sam Palmisano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

  • The Future of Leadership

    A conversation with:

    Sam Palmisano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM
    Joshua Cooper Ramo, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates; author
    Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Sony Corporation
    Moderator: Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School,and Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University

  • Special address

    His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

  • Evidence from the Future

    Polly LaBarre, Editorial Director, Management Innovation eXchange (MIX); author and journalist

Session II: THINK—The 21st Century Leadership Agenda

Session III: THINK—Making the World Work Better

Session IV: THINK—Bringing Science to Leadership

Session V: THINK—Inventing the 21st Century Corporation

Session VI: THINK—100 Years Forward


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