Deloitte Strategy Expert to Speak on New Book, The Power of Pull


John Hagel, co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, will speak at the Haas School Tuesday, April 13, about his new book, The Power of Pull, which explores the world's unprecedented rapid pace of change and offers a roadmap for adapting to it.

Hagel's talk, titled "The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion," will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. A light lunch will be served and registration is required: http://register.haas.berkeley.edu/JohnHagel/JohnHagel.aspx.

In his talk, Hagel will explore how in the past century, society has been perfecting highly efficient approaches to mobilizing resources – approaches that are designed to "push" resources in advance to areas of highest anticipated need. But today, Hagel maintains, we are on the cusp of a shift to a new model — based on “pull” — that will re-shape many facets of our life, including how we identify ourselves, participate with others, connect with others, mobilize resources, and learn.

Hagel's talk at the Haas School comes on the release date of his new book, which has received advance praise from an impressive and eclectic list of leaders, including Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, venture capitalist John Doerr, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Hagel's book, The Power of Pull, explores the personal and professional implications of a powerful convergence of technologies and shows how to pursue your passions by harnessing the power of networks.

Hagel is a noted business strategist with nearly 30 years experience as a management consultant, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He has helped companies around the world improve performance and carve out sustainable edges by effectively applying information technology to reshape business strategies.

Before joining the Deloitte Center for the Edge, a unit of Deloitte that conducts original research and develops substantive points of view for new corporate growth, Hagel founded and led McKinsey's Electronic Commerce Practice. He also founded two Silicon Valley startups and served as senior vice president of strategic planning at early video game maker Atari. He is the author of a series of best-selling business books, including Net Gain, Net Worth, and The Only Sustainable Edge.

Hagel co-authored The Power of Pull with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. Brown, former Xerox chief scientist and head of its Palo Alto Research Center, is the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California. Davison is executive director of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and former editor-in-chief of The McKinsey Quarterly.

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