Wednesday, February 01, 2006

"The Medici Effect" - A Quick Update

A few weeks ago, I reviewed in this space the remarkable book, "The Medici Effect." That review triggered an e-mail correspondence with the book's author, Frans Johansson. Frans was in town here in Boston yesterday to meet with his publisher at Harvard Business School Press, so we were able to meet for breakfast at Harvard Square. Frans is just as engaging and interesting in person in talking about issues of Intersection and Innovation as he is on the page in writing about them. This is not always the case with best-selling authors!

Frans is in the midst of launching several initiatives that are a logical extension of what he has written about in the book. Stay tuned to this space for more information in the coming weeks. I learned yesterday from Frans that there is a growing demand from companies across the world for him to speak to their leaders - not just about issues of innovation, which is the main thrust of the book, but also about issues of diversity within the work place.

If you know of a company that could benefit from Frans' unique insights into these issues, I will be happy to put you in contact with him.

If you have not yet read "The Medici Effect," it should be high on your list of "books to read." The book has now been translated into 13 languages.


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