Get ready for life-changing lessons from five world-renowned IVY thought leaders! This week, we begin with Laszlo Bock, Google’s former People Chief, who reveals a surprising technique by which to lead your team to unprecedented success. We’ll then learn from Troy Carter, the first manager of Lady Gaga and the current talent manager of stars like John Legend and Meghan Trainor, on what it takes to make it in the music industry.

Next, we’ll learn how to shape the future of the global economy with Dambisa Moyo, an internationally renowned global economist. We’ll then pivot to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who teaches us how to create a recipe for entrepreneurial success, and conclude with Ella Cisneros, the esteemed art collector, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, with a lesson on how to think about art, beauty, and social impact in the 21st century. Happy learning!

How to Achieve Workplace Success — Laszlo Bock

To generate success, the single best thing business leaders can do is to give their teams slightly more freedom than they are comfortable with. Laszlo Bock revolutionized Google’s hiring process based on this principle during his 10-year tenure as the search giant’s People Chief, and the data support his belief: research shows that allowing employees to periodically work from home increases their productivity, and that workplace autonomy results in higher job satisfaction, self-motivation, and productivity. Companies benefit when leaders empower employees with increased decision-making authority in the execution of their day-to-day work tasks.

Laszlo Bock is Google’s former People Chief and the bestselling author of Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead.

How to Make It Big in the Music IndustryTroy Carter

What does it take to make it in the music industry? For Troy Carter, there are three essential characteristics: humility, resilience, and empathy. “Being able to see through the eyes of the consumer or other people is very important as a leader,” Troy explains. If you can quickly recover from failures and maintain a modest, and ever-hungry, approach to your work, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

Troy Carter is an angel investor and the talent manager of stars like John Legend and Meghan Trainor.

Learn How to Shape the Future of the Global Economy — Dambisa Moyo

Income inequality within the U.S. has widened drastically in the past few decades. Since 1970, income inequality has risen in every state, surpassing even the levels of inequality experienced during the so-called “Gilded Age” in the late 19th century. Dambisa reveals how trends in the global economy tie into this rise in income inequality, and how concrete long-term policies focused on improving education and infrastructure could be the key to addressing these issues.

Dambisa Moyo is an internationally renowned global economist, author, and public speaker. She is the author of Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa.

How to Create a Recipe for Entrepreneurial Success — Masaharu Morimoto

Does brand beat product? While high quality food is key to Morimoto’s explosively successful culinary empire, equally important is the look and feel of each restaurant. Remember: customers care less about the product and more about how the product makes them feel.

Masaharu Morimoto is the famed star of Iron Chef and the owner of the world-renowned Morimoto restaurants.

How to Think About Art, Beauty, and Social Impact in the 21st Century — Ella Cisneros

The key to appreciating the beauty in art lies in understanding the idea that motivated the artist’s creation of the piece. For this reason, explains Ella Cisneros, appreciating art is a learning process: we must take the time to learn about an artist’s intention and technical approach in order to unlock the complex beauty of the work and enrich our relationship to museums, galleries, and the entire world of art. Beauty is everywhere around us — we just need to learn how to look.

Ella Cisneros is an esteemed art collector, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.

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