Alan Webber discusses his new book, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business without Losing Yourself. In it, Webber reflects on 40 years of experience as observer, participant and agent provocateur, illuminating 52 rules of thumb on what it takes to innovate and lead in these extraordinary times.
Webber is co-founder of Fast Company magazine, an award-winning business journalist and a member of the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network.
Polly LaBarre is an author, writer, speaker, and television correspondent. She is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win.
Currently, LaBarre is a business and innovation correspondent for CNN.
As a member of the original team of Fast Company magazine, LaBarre played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that changed the way leaders at all levels think about working and winning and earned a passionate following around the world. LaBarre's writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company and the New York Times. She is a co-author of The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable (Portfolio, 2005).
As the editorial director of Women 2.0, a web documentary project currently in development with the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, she helped to create an innovative platform for chronicling women's movements around the globe and advancing the cause of gender equality. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Alan Webber co-founded Fast Company after spending six years as the managing editor/editorial director of the Harvard Business Review (HBR). During his tenure at HBR, the business magazine was named finalist three times for the National Magazine Awards.
Webber went to the Harvard Business School in 1981 to serve as a senior research assistant and project coordinator on the auto industry in America. The project culminated in a book called Changing Alliances. Prior to that, Webber served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in Washington, D.C.