The 2014 CEO Retreat in Cartagena marks the 25th major meeting since the Global Business Polilcy Council was established in 1992. While keeping with the traditions and format of the sessions as intimate, off-the-record discussions, a few A.T. Kearney leaders will be sharing insights about the key topics and themes throughout the event. Please register to add your comments to this discussion.

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The World Cup of Ideas

​First time in Cartagena. First time in Colombia. First time attending A.T. Kearney's annual Global Business Policy Council Retreat for CEOs. First session.

Fascinating discussion already about the definition of disruption, the end of power (in traditional hierarchical terms), the pace of change, and views on which governance models will best cope. Think, for example, of countries that can decide and mobilize from the center, such as China or South Korea, an imbalanced EU, or a "vetocracy," such as the United States.

Two quick reactions. This is back to the future (and even back to my undergrad days). I can only guess at this point that the ultimate solutions to these modern dilemmas and disturbances could find comfort and lessons learned from the very first experiments of classical antiquity. The very first Western city-states, in Greece and Rome, thrived on the familiarity of the citizenry with each other and the issues they tackled. They were participative democracies, not delegated authority. They were transparent and they didn't have lobbying money. The Asian successes were also based on communities of such interest and shared vision, while tolerating a bit more of the patriarchal angles. So, even with the Internet, drones, and nukes, isn't this the same solution in today's world?

Second reaction is that CEOs and businesses have much more to learn from the world of politics and public policy than they might now imagine. What is the right balance of trust and power, since both can be lost in a moment in today's dynamics? Is there a possibility for transcendent leaders, versus solely those who are elected or appointed? How can a corporate leader win the hearts and minds of all of his or her company's stakeholders and employees? Can they win the World Cup of Big Ideas?

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Johan Aurik
Johan Aurik
Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board
Paul A. Laudicina
Paul A. Laudicina
Chairman Emeritus and Chairman of GBPC
Erik R. Peterson
Erik R. Peterson
Partner and GBPC Managing Director
Daniel Mahler
Daniel Mahler
Head of Americas
Maria Eugenia Fanjul
Maria Eugenia Fanjul
Head of Colombia
Xavier Mesnard
Xavier Mesnard
Partner
Alex Liu
Alex Liu
Partner