Insights From YPO EDGE: 5 Learnings to Apply to Your Business Now

Each year, YPO members from around the world gather for YPO EDGE, the organization’s annual showcase of thought leadership and innovation. For two days, 2,800 members, their spouses/partners and invited guests from more than 93 countries convened in Singapore for enlightening conversations with world-renowned leaders addressing key issues in business, politics, philanthropy and the humanities. The sold-out event challenged participants to “Defy Convention” as they were presented with exceptional learning opportunities helping them grow as global leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.

Four YPO members who attended this year’s gathering have shared key insights they took away from the EDGE that they plan to apply in their businesses.

Identify high-impact performers in your organization

David Morris, CEO of the HiPER Solutions Group, led a session in which he simplified the research behind identifying high-impact performers that lead to transformation in a company. “This is specifically important to companies that are doing a pivot or experiencing major change or disruption,” says YPO member Desiree Bombenon, whose business, SureCall Contact Centers, is in a critical period of transition. “David’s formula and matrix on the HiPER Game Change System will be extremely beneficial and I plan to roll it out to my leadership team immediately.”

Stop thinking about protecting your assets and more about managing your business ecosystem

“As CEOs, we need to stop thinking about protecting our assets and start thinking about managing our business ecosystem. In the future, we don’t know what 40 percent of jobs will look like and 80 percent of jobs today are likely to change,” says YPO member Shannon Block, President and CEO of World Forward Foundation. “Geopolitics and massive skills changing will be necessities in the future, so we all need to be thinking about how we will navigate that space now.”

Talent is where it’s at

“I am definitely shifting my focus to thinking more about talent development to create sustainability and to define a better future for our business,” says Carl Bates, CEO of Sirdar Group. “The session on exonomics really challenged me to think about where the world is truly headed and what changes we all will need to make in our businesses and in our personal lives to be a real part of that journey.”

Don’t view a setback as failure, but as feedback

“I found this the concept of viewing failure as a learning rather than failure very encouraging as a business leader,” says Yasmine Haji, Managing Director of Juricay Properties Inc. “It certainly makes me appreciate things differently.” Haji points to Dr. Majid Fotuhi, Medical Director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center, as one of the most powerful speakers she listened to during the EDGE as well. “The fact that you can start to rebuild your brain is really amazing. Great take-home value, practical, relevant advice.”

Good leadership can change the world

Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan, joined the EDGE and shared his inspirational story of building a business in war-torn Afghanistan, dealing with the Taliban and utilizing females as a key strategy to business success. “His model and expansion are incredible,” says Bombenon. “The elevation of female employees and hiring refugees, investing in their future and training them to be successful employees was one of the most incredible stories I have heard in business today. His leadership is changing our world, and I am humbled and grateful to have had the chance to experience this at the EDGE.”

Mary Woods is a content strategist, an award-winning storyteller and editor in chief of YPO's Ignite digital magazine. She has the pleasure of telling the engaging stories of some of the most influential young business leaders who are making an impact across the globe.