I found it particularly fitting that my first professional activity following my retirement from IBM was to participate in IBM's fifth Business Leadership Forum (BLF), which took place the first week in June in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The 2007 BLF was a truly global event, including over 500 attendees from 75 different countries. The focus of the conference was innovation in a globally connected world - both to discuss how the forces of globalization all around us are setting the innovation agenda for the future, as well as how this very innovation agenda can - must - help us address the inevitable and very complex problems associated with living in a fast-changing, globally connected world.
I could not possibly do justice to the richness of the BLF in one blog, so I will focus on the comments of three of the CEOs that addressed the audience. Blogs on the BLF were also posted by John Patrick and Doug Levin.