Eric Quon-Lee is a management consultant and entrepreneur. Having obtained a MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Eric has worked for some of Canada’s leading companies in a variety of finance and consulting roles. Currently at a San Francisco based management consultancy, Eric focuses on the topics of strategy and innovation where he acts as an intermediary between startups engaged in disruptive change and corporations trying to navigate these changes.
Today's economy is changing at lightning speed. Jobs that once looked secure are disappearing or being transformed overnight. While optimists would state that individuals will find new positions as th...
Technological innovation has been dramatic over the past decade. From the rise of social media to the emergence of Big Data, there is no doubt that the past decade's innovations have dramatically disr...
08/15/2016 12:34 EDT
In today's chaotic business environment, one wonders whether the current business curriculum is sufficient to cater to future leadership requirements. Does today's business curriculum truly provide the tools necessary to deal with increasingly complex business issues, or is it merely providing a "secure" career path?
08/09/2016 11:57 EDT
In many respects, the Council of Canadian Innovators is failing to understand the new dynamics of today's information economy. Indeed, individuals cannot be treated as replaceable widgets. Instead, they must be treated as individual contributors who have the capacity to individually contribute to innovation and growth within an organization.
07/28/2016 05:29 EDT
As the shockwaves from the affirmative Brexit vote start to dissipate, there has been increasing chatter concerning the fate of London as not only Europe's financial services hub but also for startups...
07/04/2016 10:33 EDT
With the increasing interconnectedness in today's global economy, labor mobility is increasingly an available option. As such, today's businesses are increasingly realizing that to remain competitive, they need to re-develop HR practices from the traditional industrial practices to ones that align with the needs and wants of 21st-century knowledge workers.
06/29/2016 02:29 EDT
As Silicon Valley increasingly turns its innovative ideas towards brownfield sectors such as financial services and transportation, many commentators have failed to recognize the different levels of innovation that are occurring in these sectors. Indeed, innovation, particularly in brownfield sectors, is much more nuanced than what was initially believed.
06/16/2016 11:46 EDT
In our complex economy, the need to network has never been greater. Networking is the lifeblood of business. Unfortunately, networking is one of those untaught critical skills that is left to most ind...
06/14/2016 02:58 EDT
The telecommunications carrier that has been on everyone's lips concerning innovation is T-Mobile USA. Formerly a full subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications behemoth, now T-Mobile USA, is publicly listed (TMUS) and only 67% owned by Deutsche Telekom. How did a boring 4th place American carrier become one of the hottest and innovative telecommunications companies?
05/18/2016 04:15 EDT
With the increasing number of startups entering brownfield sectors such as financial services, one would think that corporate incubators would be prime recipients of startups attempting to navigate these brownfield sectors. While on the surface this would appear to be the case, the reality of the situation again depends on the real purpose of a corporate incubator.
05/16/2016 05:06 EDT
Globally, employees are increasingly feeling the pressure of an unstable business environment. From disappearing manufacturing jobs to growing youth unemployment, employment opportunities are far and few between.
05/11/2016 12:14 EDT
Yelp has publicly admitted it is in trouble. Twitter is currently hunting for a new CEO and there are constant rumors they will be acquired. Is social media dead? The simple answer is no, social media will continue to live on. What the industry is seeing is the sun setting on Social Media 1.0 and the dawn of Social Media 2.0.
06/25/2015 06:20 EDT
In the post-recession economy, markets are changing faster than the mighty corporations of old can keep up with. To combat the epidemic of nimble startups, corporations are advocating fresh thinking such as prototyping, failing fast and quick iterations based on customer feedback. But few, if any, corporations have been able to point to any concrete successes, no matter the size. Why is that?
06/13/2015 10:01 EDT
As a startup gains traction from initial prototype to credible sales, the founding team recognizes the critical need to bring onboard senior advisors and mentors to provide guidance as the startup enters the next phase of growth. While all startups require this guidance and mentorship, enterprise startups are the most in need.
02/27/2015 06:44 EST
The Uber / Lyft / Sidecar battle seems to be an increasingly prevalent theme where startups are focused more on fighting each other than responding to countermoves from traditional players. With statistics showing that the San Francisco taxi industry is steadily collapsing, it is no wonder that Uber is more focused on retaining market share against other startup competitors.
02/16/2015 05:01 EST
Due to the growth of corporations on an international scale, the demand for management personnel has never been greater. Whether it is managing a multi-national project or a large internal team, corporations are pressing individuals into management roles at a greater pace than ever before.
02/09/2015 04:17 EST
The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.
11/27/2014 01:13 EST
In a world where government bureaucrats continually treat residents as "taxable widgets" instead of citizens and where process overrules logic and common sense, the Ford family's apparent commitment to servicing every constituent complaint is not only refreshing but exactly what some constituents are looking for. The question though is whether or not it is the right approach to a growing and vibrant city.
10/23/2014 04:48 EDT
The most urgent 21st century question is how does human civilization manage the transition between where every individual has a job to one where individuals will need to find a useful purpose beyond economic employment. Turning individuals into soulless "pseudo-machines" isn't the answer.
10/21/2014 09:14 EDT
As much as engaging with traditional players is antithetical to Silicon Valley culture, it is increasingly a necessity to solve global solutions. Silicon Valley's recent successes have come under criticism due to the fact that they seem to be creating an "alternative" system that skirts existing established norms.
10/14/2014 12:23 EDT
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