Ideas have the power to change the world and we search every corner of the world for new ones. From the academic powerhouses of USA to practical ideas across Europe, the next markets of Africa, and perhaps most interestingly, from the fast growth markets of Asia.
In 2019 Asia is simply the most inspiring continent in terms of business strategy, innovation, and leadership models. India and China are now two of the world’s largest economies, and Singapore is now the world’s best place in which to do business. The Asian Tiger economies of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea continue to roar and inspire others to do so, and Asia today has the strongest economic outlook of any region in the world, according to an IMF report.
Alibaba, Huawei, and Uniqlo are just a few of the many Asian companies which ought to inspire our thinking. Both in understanding the opportunities for growth in Asian markets, but also to take a new mindset for leading business and delivering innovation back to our own organizations in Europe.
It’s time to ask ourselves how Europe can learn from Asia, their leadership and business models, and find new ways to engage Asian customers and businesses.
At this year’s Thinkers50 European Business Forum in Odense, Denmark, we discuss the world’s best new ideas for business leaders, highlight the success of Asia and prepare ourselves for the challenges facing European companies in the years to come.