What sets Faisal apart is the unique position and perspective he has always maintained, which is grounded in a hardcore technology with deep roots in leading-edge management science and mindful entrepreneurship. His intense curiosity has always led him to explore disruptive approaches to solving complex business problems.
Faisal Hoque is a student of life, entrepreneurship, and humanity. Entrepreneur at age 14, he left his birth-land Bangladesh at the age of 17. Since then he calls America his home.
“Faisal Hoque, the entrepreneur, innovator, was born in Bangladesh (nearby where Buddha was once born) and found himself in the boardrooms of Fortune 100s by the time he was 27.” –Dr. Marshall Goldsmith (Goldsmith was recognized as the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World in 2015 by the Thinkers50 organization.)
As a child, he saw war and famine. As a college student, he worked as a janitor on the graveyard shift. As a corporate professional, he was recruited by giants like GE, Dun and Bradstreet, and Pitney Bowes. As a serial entrepreneur since the early 90s, he has been a cutting edge innovator in the fast-paced world of technology and global businesss.
“Talk about a trip: entrepreneur Faisal Hoque started his career in the U.S. as a “janitorial engineer,” but eventually went on to raise $95 million for his businesses, despite setbacks like being ousted as CEO of his own company (sound familiar, Apple?).” – Fast Company
Today he is the founder of Shadoka and leads the company to enable aspirations to lead, innovate, and transform. Shadoka’s accelerators and solutions bring together the management frameworks, digital platforms, and thought leadership to enable innovation, transformation, entrepreneurship, growth and social impact.
As a prolific author, he has written several books, including Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, 2014) and Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Motivational Press, 2015). Formerly of GE and other global brands, he regularly contributes to Fast Company, Business Insider, and others. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Mergers & Acquisitions, CBS, Fox, Forbes, Financial Times, andLeadership Excellence, Huffington Post among others.
Through his ventures, he has worked with global brands such as GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Netscape, Infosys, French Social Security Services, Gartner, Cambridge Technology Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CSC, and others.
Tens of thousands of people follow Faisal on social media. His work is frequently shared globally by entrepreneurs, executives, corporations, academia, educators, and celebrities alike. See highlighted followings at the social media section of Faisal’s website.
Popular among readers globally, some of his articles have been read by as many as 1M+ readers. Also review:
- Faisal’s Articles @FastCompany.
- Faisal’s Articles @Business Insider.
- Faisal’s Articles @LinkedInPulse.
American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015. The editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and others. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA) named him one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders alongside global leaders such as Bill George, Tony Hsieh, Doug Conant, Howard Schultz, and others.
He is hailed by his customers, academics, media, and global personalities alike:
Everything Connects – One of the “12 Business Books You Will Need to Read in 2014” – Dr. Adam Grant, Professor at the Wharton School, Best Selling Author of Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller
“By marrying the power of creativity and innovation, there is very little we can’t accomplish. Everything Connects shows where and how this is happening and inspires us to join in this new era” – Professor Mohammed Yunus, Nobel Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank
Everything Connects shows why sustainable innovation begins with you–yes, you. – Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, Professor, Tuck at Dartmouth & Author of New York Times & WSJ Best SellerReverse Innovation
Frequently in the media, below are some of his recent interviews:
He is a public speaker at entrepreneurship conferences, innovation forums, business schools, and leadership summits. His talks are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, leadership, mindfulness, and social impact.
Notably, the CEO Summits at the NY Stock Exchange, Global China Summits, Forbes Business Leadership Forum, Sino-American CIO Summit in Beijing, European CIO Summit in Monte Carlo, MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit, BOOTH School of Business – Entrepreneurial Ventures, CFO Magazine Technology Summit, Chief Executive Magazine CEO Roundtables, and Yale School of Management CEO Summits, among others.
A lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, he holds a strong belief that it is through knowledge sharing of our experiences that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future. His blog got named as one of The Best Entrepreneurship Blogs for 2017 (ranked #1) – “Entrepreneur Faisal Hoque’s blog is packed with great tips for aspiring small business owners, but his psychological tips for staying strong under pressure and in the face of failure are a real standout.”
HOW TO REINVENT WITH AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET
Somewhere along the way, people became convinced that stasis is safer than movement. Consistency feels comfortable; volatility is frightening. Consciously or not, we attempt to protect ourselves against life’s volatility by cultivating routine in our lives.
But, in this ever-changing world, we are constantly forced to reinvent ourselves. And this reinvention process by very nature requires an entrepreneurial mindset. Constant reinvention requires:
- Driving long-term vision
- Creating platforms for growth
- Fostering synergistic ecosystems
1. A SENSE OF PURPOSE TAKES VISION
Vision is what we’re to do with the time that we have. If you look at the central business theses of a few leading companies, we can see that they prioritize not only revenue–though surely that’s essential–but also the purpose of the work that they do. And that purpose is critical to staying a long-term course.
2. FINDING THE PLATFORMS THAT ARE ALREADY THERE
If vision is an expression of the soul of a person, platform is its body. We often call these “core competencies,” which tend to grow organically. Whether an organization (or an individual) recognizes it in themselves, these competencies are platforms, or assets with business applications. Platform generation is taking assets that have already been created and finding new ways to use them.
3. FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEMS
Why are ecosystems–and understanding them–crucial to sustainable value creation?
They are the structure that surrounds and supports our businesses. They spread stakeholdership out from the business and into society.
Sometimes an ecosystem can sprout up around a product, like the range of cases, headphones and other paraphernalia that surround the mobile devices. As well, a company can sprout whole economic worlds, as was the case of the App Store–and in that case, the App Store itself was a new platform for Apple. In a very similar sense, ecosystem thinking has become a cornerstone of web publishing–the broad swathe of unpaid contributors creating content for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and other publishing platforms do so in exchange for growing their own individual readership and brand.
Taken together, constant reinvention process is a combination of inner and outer awareness.
LEADING & TRANSFORMING IN THE AGE OF CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
With the cascade of new technologies and social changes, we are constantly challenged to spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure sustainability. What are the remedies? How do we work with ourselves and others? The newest problems of the world find solutions in the oldest timeless practices like mindfulness, authenticity, and devotion- because everything connects.
Connectivity is a sense of journey, to the sense of purpose–it is an individual, lonely pursuit and a collective, companionable one at the same time. Our individual, interpersonal, and organizational working lives all interconnect. By examining these connections, we learn new ways to create, innovate, adapt, and lead.
In this part philosophy, part business, and part history talk, Faisal will cover:
- Connecting with Who We Are. Learn how understanding leads to authenticity, mindfulness cultivates authenticity, and how devotion is mindfulness, mindfulness is devotion.
- Inspiring and Leading Inside and Outside of our Organizations. How to give people freedom and structure as well as how to curate talent.
- Generating Ideas, Grounded Decisions, and Long-Lasting Value. How to promote ideas through curiosity, improve decisions by mapping them, and creating value over the long term.
This isn’t just a quick fix for your next financial quarter, or a business plan; this is how you succeed in the long run. It is a systemization of your art, science, business, and spirituality.
WHY LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT POETRY AND PLUMBING
HOW TO INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE YOU WORK WITH
TRADITIONAL HIERARCHICAL MANAGEMENT STYLE IS DEAD. YOU HAVE AN ALL-STAR TEAM AND VISION FOR MILES — WHAT’S MISSING? BRING YOUR FOCUS BACK TO YOUR PEOPLE’S POTENTIAL WITH THESE TIPS.
Nobody succeeds in a silo. Whatever we venture–personal, professional, philanthropic, political, or private–we must remember the people involved in and essential to our success.
Everything Connects is about lessons in leadership, from how to be more present to how technology is changing our worlds. A standout theme contained in this talk is our treatment of each other as humans–not just as employees, supervisors or CEOs–and the success this awareness brings.
Here are five ideas for connecting with the people that make business run.
1. EMPOWER THE INNER VISIONARY
Commitment-oriented companies are proven to be successful because colleagues are treated like family, not cogs in a machine. If we want to cultivate the visionary in others, we need to attend to the whole system surrounding them.
2. LEVERAGE TALENTS
Just as you can’t force a flower to grow on a sidewalk, you can’t tell someone to be what they aren’t when they’re in the wrong place. Categorize your organization’s needs by what kinds of talent can fill them.
3. ENCOURAGE AMBITION
So you’ve curated your dream-team of visionaries–but what if they’re dreaming of their individual success, instead of the greater good? The idea is that those ambitions are what create connections: when people are working together on projects they want to do, they’ll form relationships.
4. POWER INNOVATION
Companies and individuals alike are pushed to reinvent or fizzle out faster than ever. Innovation isn’t an option anymore; it’s a requirement. Sustained innovation is powered by people who come together to share ideas, compare observations, and brainstorm solutions to complex problems.
5. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Rushing from task to task detaches us from our creative potential, the authors say–and isolates us from the people that make our endeavors possible. When we stop being curious, we stop being innovative, create complexity, and ultimately fail.
THE POWER OF CONVERGENCE – LINKING BUSINESS STRATEGIES AND TECHNOLOGY DECISIONS TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS (AMERICAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION)
The Power of Convergence makes the case–and lays the groundwork–for a new understanding of the role of technology in business. No technology should be developed or deployed without a full vision of how it advances business goals, addresses customer needs, or both. Beyond that, technology should be so tightly intertwined with strategy that the two drive each other, with each at the ready when market opportunity materializes–however suddenly
“At some point, every business leader will struggle with the management topics outlined in The Power of Convergence. How they think about these issues, more importantly, how they make the right decisions regarding them is critical to the success of their organization.” – Dr. Krishna Palepu, Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean for International Development, Harvard Business School
EVERYTHING CONNECTS – HOW TO TRANSFORM AND LEAD IN THE AGE OF CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY (MCGRAW HILL, 2014)
The constant cascade of new technologies and social changes are creating a more empowered population. Workforces are increasingly dispersed, demanding of self-expression, and quite possibly disengaged. Within this topsy-turvy context, leaders must spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure sustainability.
It is your step-by-step guide for working with yourself and others.
For more information visit the Everything Connects Website.
“Management guru, Faisal Hoque, explains how “mindfulness” can transform your business.” – Fortune/CNN Money
“The focus on mindfulness in Everything Connects sets it apart to traditional type-A thinking.” – Fast Company
“Provides True Framework” – Entrepreneur
“One conversation with Faisal Hoque and you understand why his new book – Everything Connects is powerful.” – Center for Creative Leadership
“Success in Business Comes When Everything Connects” – Forbes
Everything Connects Leadership Development App
Helps you to increase creativity, innovation, and value creation skills.
- Provides daily practice guidelines
- Track progress
- Adapts to individual need and pace
- Allows users to create a journal
- Regularly brings in content from our blogs
Use it for free at the Everything Connects website.
SURVIVE TO THRIVE – 27 PRACTICES OF RESILIENT ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS, AND LEADERS (MOTIVATIONAL PRESS, 2015)
Although many ideas never make it off the page and most new ventures fail, we tend to hear about people when they are successful, not when they are struggling.
This creates a distorted perception that people can go from failure to success in a day. Yet behind every “overnight success” is a story of a person, team, or entire organization facing a host of obstacles that have the potential to shut them down. Those who prevail share one thing in common: the ability to draw from within to weather whatever comes their way.
Ultimately there is no one definition of success, so the authors examined the stories of a variety of leaders who faced ill health, professional setbacks, emotional loss, and other life-changing events, to illustrate how each achieved transformation and success. The book illuminates how anyone can attain the resilience that’s required to repeatedly push forward in the face of conflict.
Each individual’s story in the book examines the essential tools needed in overcoming obstacles and seizing upon an opportunity. Each incorporates practical applications for reframing the reaction to setbacks.
For more information visit the Survive to Thrive Website.
Survive to Thrive Resiliency App
Helps leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to increase their resiliency for achieving success.
- Provides daily practice guidelines
- Track progress
- Adapts to individual need and pace
- Allows users to create a journal
- Regularly brings in content from our blogs
- Confidential and secure
Use It For Free at the Survive to Thrive website.
THE SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE TO GROWTH HACKING (FAST COMPANY | AMERICAN EXPRESS OPEN, 2015)
by Chuck Salter (Foreword), J.J. McCorvey (Contributor), Guy Kawasaki (Contributor), Faisal Hoque (Contributor), Ryan Holiday (Contributor), Sophia Amoruso (Contributor)
For many entrepreneurs, the most confounding aspect of business is growth. How do you generate enough business to get started? And, later, how do you manage the many complex changes that accompany growth? How do you keep innovating to expand your business in new directions? Fast Company’s The Small Business Guide to Growth Hacking, presented by OPEN Forum from American Express OPEN, explores these questions and more. This exclusive collection is drawn from articles in Fast Company and openforum.com and focuses on what it takes to build a thriving business that manages to both grow and adapt to the demands of a bigger company.
From common mistakes that undermine small businesses to a constructive framework for thinking about vision and investments, this indispensable book arms entrepreneurs with strategies for smart growth.
WINNING THE 3-LEGGED RACE – WHEN BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY RUN TOGETHER (FINANCIAL TIMES)
Winning the Three Legged Race reflects insights from world-class experts in industry and academia. It gives enterprise, line-of-business, and technology leaders a powerful framework for optimizing areas critical to producing sustainable value from technology:
- Strategy, planning, and management
- Technology investmen
- Strategic enterprise architecture
- Governance and organization
“Top 5 Transformation Books” – CIO Insight
SHADOKA’S SOLUTION EXAMPLES
Everything Connects – One of the “12 Business Books You Will Need to Read in 2014”
– Adam Grant
Professor at the Wharton School.
Best Selling Author of Give and Take, a New York Times
and Wall Street Journal bestseller
“Everything Connects is as much about business as it is about life.”
– Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
New York Times Best Selling Author &
the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World (Thinker’s 50/HBR)
“By marrying the power of creativity and innovation, there is very little we can’t accomplish. Everything Connects shows where and how this is happening and inspires us to join in this new era.”
– Professor Mohammed Yunus
Nobel Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank
“Brilliant! Everything Connects helps connect the dots in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s full of powerful and useful ideas on how to unleash innovation in your organization.”
– Frank Sonnenberg
Best-Selling Author, Managing with a Conscience,
Former Head of Marketing, Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Group.
Top 100 Thought Leaders in America
“If the industrial era was about building, the social era is about connecting. Everything Connects is a guide to–and a celebration of–that connecting process.”
– Nilofer Merchant
Bestselling Author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in The Social Era
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2012)
“Everything Connects shows why sustainable innovation begins with you–yes, you.”
– Dr. Vijay Govindarajan
Professor, Tuck at Dartmouth &
Author of New York Times & WSJ Best Seller Reverse Innovation
“Everything Connects provides you with a beginner’s mind, helping you to see your company free of misleading preconceptions.”
– Jason L. Baptiste
Founder of Onswipe and Author of The Ultralight Startup
“At some point, every business leader will struggle with the management topics outlined in The Power of Convergence. How they think about these issues, more importantly, how they make the right decisions regarding them is critical to the success of their organization.”
– Dr. Krishna Palepu
Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration,
Senior Associate Dean for International Development, Harvard Business School
“BTM framework has pushed us for a standardization of communication, transparency, and visibility at the national level. The Power of Convergence unveils many of these best practices, it is a must read for every CEO.”
– Yves Corvaisier
Directeur Délégué (CEO), CNAV (French Social Security)
“The Power of Convergence shines a bright light on the cutting edge strategies related to corporate effectiveness and profitability that BTM framework has provided over the last decade. I highly recommend it to anyone from business school to the boardroom.”
– Lawrence G. McDonald
NY Times Best Selling Author of A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
and Former VP, Lehman Brothers
“An insightful, well written book on innovation. The authors have done well to capture stories of innovation across the board—from Fortune 500 to Social Enterprises. The Power of Convergence is rich in ideas that highlight how to leverage technology to create sustainability in business or in doing good.”
– Dr. Leslie Willcocks
Professor of Technology Work and Globalization, London School of Economics
“It’s an age old, and perennially puzzling problem: Why don’t we get as much value as we should when we use technology in business contexts? Faisal Hoque and his co-authors suggest fresh answers. In the early years of this new century, this question and the search for its answers, have never been more important.”
– Dr. Robert D. Austin
CEO, CBS-SIMI Executive and Professor, Management of Creativity and Innovation,
Copenhagen Business School
“No matter how sharp your vision of the future may be, success depends on being able to invent the business model, implement the technology, learn with every step, and start the cycle again. It takes a robust e-Enterprise methodology to do that.”
– Don Tapsscott
Author of The Digital Economy and Growing Up Digital
“In e-Enterprise, the author explores the rich and rapidly evolving landscape of electronic business–a journey well worth taking.”
– Vint Cerf
Widely known as a “Father of the Internet”
“Six Billion Minds is a clear window on our rapidly changing world. It draws on an impressive breadth of wisdom and practical knowledge to help us comprehend and prepare ourselves for a tightly connected, global economy. All organizations – government, corporate, nonprofit – will have to adapt to this new order of things, and this book is an excellent primer for meeting that challenge. As the world becomes ever more connected, business leaders must engage the issues set forth in Six Billion Minds. Globalization will not go away, and neither will the appeal of sourcing around the world. How to think about these issues, and how to make the right decisions regarding them, is the mission of this book, drawing together a wealth of knowledge and practical insight from leading thinkers around the world.”
– Shimon Peres
Former Prime Minister, Isreal and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
- Future Of Work With AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning by Faisal Hoque for Medium
- Three Reliable Leadership Lessons I Keep Going Back To In Uncertain Times in Fast Company
- Faisal Hoque’s 9 steps to cultivating genius in your work in Business Insider
- Three Critical Habits Of Leaders People Want To Follow in Fast Company
- Three (Cheap) Ways Every Company Can Innovate By The End Of This Quarter in Fast Company