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April 5, 2018

Peak Performers Podcast | The 5 Skills of Start-Up Leaders | Part 1 of 3 | Episode #514

Bestselling author Derek Lidow has long demonstrated the rare ability to operate successfully in corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic environments. He is an experienced and successful global CEO, a researcher, an innovator, and a startup coach. Derek’s contributions include a number of value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs and IBM. His accomplishments include founding iSuppli, a leading market research firm, which Derek sold in 2010 for $100 million to global information leader IHS.

April 2, 2018

CEO Series: Derek Lidow – Building on Bedrock

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m. We all dream to some extent about achieving some combination of the fortune, fame, and control over our lives we associate with successful entrepreneurs. Those are admirable aspirations in a society that counts on entrepreneurs to innovate, create new jobs, and to grow our economy. Our work-driven culture encourages us to take the entrepreneurial bait, but how can you know whether being an entrepreneur will end as a dream come true or a nightmare from which you cannot awake?

March 31, 2018

Reading and Book Signing at Walmart Museum

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas wouldn't be what it is today if Sam Walton's vision didn't extend beyond his retail company, a group of panelists discussed Thursday in the Walmart Museum. The panel was part of the museum's Centennial Celebration of what would have been Walton's 100th birthday. Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam's Club, was born in Kingfisher, Okla., on March 29, 1918. He died April 5, 1992.

March 14, 2018

Building on Bedrock Featured in 800-CEO-READ Business Bestsellers

Each month we compile a list of our top selling business books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to authors and publishers of these bestselling business books for February 2018!

March 12, 2018

Everyday MBA Podcast Interview

Episode 142 – Derek Lidow speaks with Kevin Craine about his new book “Building on Bedrock” and what self-made million-dollar entrepreneurs like Sam Walton and Walt Disney can teach us about building valuable companies. Derek is a best-selling author and teaches Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. You’ve seen him in places like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Listen for three action items you can use to take advantage of the ideas and advice in this interview.

March 9, 2018

Sam Walton Centennial Celebration planned at Walmart Museum

The celebration also includes a reading April 29 from author Derek Lidow, professor of entrepreneurship at Princeton. He will visit the museum and read passages from his latest book, “Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies.” The book examines entrepreneurship, with Walton being one of Lidow’s main examples.

March 8, 2018

Entrepreneurship for Company Leaders

At crucial decision points for growing a business, leaders often find themselves in the position of fledgling entrepreneurs. They may have been tasked with launching a new business, entering a new market where past experience doesn’t apply, running a recent acquisition, or finding ways to revitalize an ailing product line. They may even have been encouraged to be entrepreneurial by the boss or the board. In those cases and others they can get ahead of the game by doing three things: