Day 3 Davos Snapshot

Harvard Business Review

I'm sitting here in the Partners Lounge on the Mezzanine Level of the Congress Center. I am listening to him share his comprehensive findings — soon to be released — on the power of values-based, self-governing corporate cultures as a driver of sustainable growth, innovation, and resiliency. (See Michael's earlier notes from Davos here , here , and here. And follow Justin Fox's coverage of the conference.).

Entrepreneurs Need a Better Way to Cash Out

Harvard Business Review

There are a nascent but growing community of financial backers, both institutional and individual, who have taken the long view: whose investments look more like mezzanine debt, in the stable case, or like common equity, in the growth case. Ultimately, high-risk venture capital investors need to be rewarded, ideally with high returns, for an ecosystem of innovation to be sustainable.

How Smart CEOs Use Social Tools to Their Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Rather than be paralyzed by fear about who has access to what, savvy leaders recognize that information can empower employees to move the business closer to customers, that decision-making can be accelerated when vital data is not held hostage (or lost) and that visible conversations can prevent wasted effort and even spark innovation. Advances in digital technology and their use in organizations carry huge promise to empower people at all levels.