Tuesday, April 03, 2018

17-Apr-2018: From Wechat to WeTeach - Winning Tips for face-2-face Classroom Teaching

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
CUHK Business School
Teaching and Learning Seminar

From Wechat to WeTeach –
Winning Tips for face-2-face Classroom Teaching

Professor Yesha Y. Sivan 习移山
Visiting Professor
Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics

Date: 17 April 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: The Gastronomy Club, Level 5, Cheng Yu Tung Building, CUHK, Hong Kong

 In the age of Wechat, Facebook, and Tinder – how can we make the best use of face-2-face classroom time? In this interactive talk, Prof Sivan will share 10 winnings tips – simple, clear, and productive – to turn every classroom into a lasting impactful learning experience.

Professor Yesha Sivan is a student of teaching and learning for the last 40 years, and received the best teacher award in the Finance MBA programme in Tel Aviv University, Israel. With a doctorate degree from Harvard University, he has taught executives, EMBA, MBA, engineering and design courses in his areas of expertise. Prof. Sivan is also the founder and CEO of i8 ventures (https://i8.ventures/) – a business platform focusing on "innovating innovating." His personal blog is http://www.dryesha.com.

Registration: Please contact Mr.Derek Luk of the Teaching and Learning Office at derekluk@cuhk.edu.hk on or before 12 April 2018 (Wednesday).

Buffet-style lunch will be provided for participants after the 1.5-hour talk.

Priority to CUHK Business School teaching staff


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

13-Apr-2018: HKMA EOL (Essence of Leadership) -- Five Kinds of Digital Technologies You Need to Master

In Fri, April 13, I'm giving another 1-hr lecture at the HK Institue of Advanced Management Development about The Essence of 21st Innovation Leadership: Five Kinds of Digital Technologies You Need to Master

Date:  Friday, 13-Apr-2018
Time: 8:45 am - 9:45 am
Place: The Hong Kong Management Association
           14/F Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive,
           Central, HONG KONG

Consider these questions:
  • Are you able to balance innovation including Big, Medium, Small?
  • Do you still use just R&D and not Ecosystem R&D?
  • Do you know how to use “data” to identify unique opportunities?
  • Do you create value building upon on other subsystems, and connecting them in your way?
  • Do you actively enable others to innovate?
In this talk, I will talk about  the “five technology-based platforms for innovation”:
  • The Foundation: Motivation
  • Platform 1: Supporting Innovation (Big, Medium, Small)
  • Platform 2: Generating Innovation
  • Platform 3: Analytics for Innovation
  • Platform 4: Sub-Systems for Innovation
  • Platform 5: Building Innovation Platforms
And we'll reflect on all of the above with a Q&A and Conclusion session.

Download your PDF overview to find out more.

Enquiries: Ms. Diana Li (+852 2774 8552 / dianali@hkma.org.hk)

HKMA Members: HK$100
Non-members: HK$280


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Note: Also in Hong-Kong 19-Apr-2018 


More details at https://orangebike.net/

Friday, March 23, 2018

27-Mar-2018: Prof. Yesha Sivan featured speaker at ACCELERATE event in Tel Aviv

I'm participating as a speaker at ACCELERATE event for business and tech leaders in Tel Aviv talking about how to master the digital transformation.

Date: Tuesday,  27 March 2018
When: 09:00 - 13:30
Where: Hilton, Tel Aviv
How: Free (registration needed - save your seat)

My talk title:
Six digital-driven transformations as key drivers of the agile organization

At this event, one at the worldwide tour, you can hear and connect with world-class thought leaders sharing insights and experiences on how organizations can innovate and transform faster in this fast-changing era.

Listen to the latest trends, insights and best practices on how to accelerate.

Event agenda and speakers.

More about the global event.

Monday, March 05, 2018

9-Mar-2018: HKMA EOL (Essence of Leadership) -- Getting to the CORE

I'm giving a lecture at AMD - HK Institue of Advanced Management Development about the Essence of 21st Innovation Leadership: Getting to the CORE

Friday, 9-Mar-2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Central, Hong Kong

Details: PDF Overview

Enquiries: Ms Diana Li (+852 2774 8552 / dianali@hkma.org.hk)(www.hkma.org.hk/sivan/leadership)


Consider these trends:
  • An entire Chinese generation DOES not know the internet because their world is mastered by WeChat;
  • Classical US retail giants like Target or even Walmart are losing because of Amazon and Alibaba;
  • Machine learning is "eating" our jobs;
  • Russia is meddling with USA elections with fake news; and
  • Syrians kill themselves because they think the world is on Facebook.
  • "The gig economy...is now estimated to be about 34% of the workforce and expected to be 43% by the year 2020".
In this talk, Professor Yesha Sivan will share his views on the nine key factors of these trends - focusing on:

  • The three 21st century global forces (fast, messy, global)
  • The three PIE modes of operation (planning, implementation, evaluation)
  • The three key innovation leadership qualities (openness, focus, control) and how to train yourself for them ("orange bike")
In the Q&A session we will discuss how to bring more openness, focus on the control into the workplace, using the four modes of enculturation formal training, modeling, interaction, and feedback.


HKMA Members: HK$100
Non-members: HK$280

More details on HKMA site.

Enroll here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Interview with Prof. Sivan: "0 to 1 to 100" The Magic of Israel-China Venture Relations

Chinese University Business School
By Fang Ying, Senior Writer, China Business Knowledge @ CUHK

Israel has always been dubbed the “Startup Nation”. With 140 scientists, technicians, and engineers per 10,000 employees, it boasts the highest number of scientists and technology professionals per capita in the world. More than 250 multinational corporations, including Google, Apple, and Microsoft, have R&D or innovation centers in the country.

What are the secrets behind Israel’s miracle? How is the startup environment there different from that of China? Are there any opportunities for the two countries to work and benefit each other?

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan, Tel-Aviv based visiting professor of innovation and venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School, shares his insights with China Business Knowledge (CBK) @ CUHK.

CBK: As an Israeli, what do you think are the secrets behind the success of Israel?

Prof. Sivan: The Israeli venture ecosystem (venture is defined as the combination of innovation and finance) is unique, which I believe is one of the most advanced and flexible ecosystems in the world. In recent years, Israel has become the Mecca for entrepreneurs, venture capitals, multinational companies and experienced professionals. It is efficient, particularly in terms of digitalization, information systems, cyber technology and artificial intelligence.

The development of Israel’s venture ecosystem started with Israeli government’s heavy national defense investments combined with Israeli people’s creativeness. It continued with Yozma (Hebrew for "initiative"), an Israeli government initiative in 1993, which offered attractive tax incentives to foreign venture capital investments in Israel and doubled any investment with funds from the government. These Yozma funds commercialized the defense ideas to successful firms which went global later through IPOs or M&As, which, in turn, continued the upward cycle with more venture capitals, experienced managers, and super-angles.

Today, in my mind, the biggest advantage of Israeli venture ecosystem is the presence of multinational companies. There are already 250 multinational companies which have set up their R&D centers in Israel. They are top players in the global economy, including IBM, Intel, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Huawei. I believe many of these big names have already realized how beneficial a presence in Israel can be. It is often said that if an engineer from Microsoft wants to talk to an engineer from Google, they better to do it in Hebrew, in Israel.

At the same time, the fact that the Israeli startups can learn from these big players is a wonderful plus for them. In recent years, we have seen some local companies that started from Israel to become unicorns in some industries around the world, for example, Checkpoint, Wix, and Mobile Eye (recently merged to Intel for $13 billion USD).

CBK: Based on your observation, when it comes to innovation, what are the differences between China and Israel?

Prof. Sivan: China (1.3 billion people) is obviously different from Israel (8 million people) -- China’s scale is much bigger than that of Israel. In simplest terms, I would say that Israel focuses on “zero to one (0-->1)”, while China focuses on “one to one hundred (1-->100)”. This is also the source of mutual fascination.

Israel is good at creating something from nothing; Israelis are used to offering new solutions for new problems. Think about ICQ, which is the “father” of QQ and the “grandfather” of WeChat. There was almost nothing at first, and then suddenly there is something. That’s what Israel has been doing in the last 70 years since 1948. Israelis seldom pay attention to the local market - they are always targeting global markets. They were born global.

In contrast, China is good at scaling up from one to one hundred. The market is vast in China, and so they need to come up with scalable solutions. They can easily achieve success by only focusing on the local market (which can be a honey trap – as some Chinese firms are globally impaired).

And that’s the basis for the two countries to cooperate. In fact, many deals are happening now: Chinese companies are going to Israel to find the idea or technology (from zero to one) whereas Israeli companies are going to China to scale their markets (from one to one hundred). Lumenis is one such example – it's a globally based Israeli medical technology firm which has been bought by a Chinese PE firm in search of expansion.

CBK: Most people think that Hong Kong is falling behind in the innovation/venture game. What kind of advice would you give to the Hong Kong government to boost its development?

Prof. Sivan: Hong Kong used to be a strong player in innovation and entrepreneurship. However, it failed to find its 21st direction, as compared with other cities, such as Shenzhen.

Given the high land price in the city, small companies may not be able to survive. So the Hong Kong government should take a unique positioning, for example, by bringing big innovation players to Hong Kong to further support innovation. Giants can create giants.

We don’t do innovation for the sake of innovation. What we want is to create and keep jobs in the city and improve people’s quality of living. So the Hong Kong government needs to think about how to keep companies in Hong Kong by supporting them, which is the basis for long-term development. I call this HK 3.0.

CBK: Some critics think that China’s innovation performance is relatively weak when comparing with its R&D investment. What is your view on that?

Prof. Sivan: We have different data and measurements to evaluate innovation performance. But no one can deny that there are now several new-era companies in China becoming global players, such as Tencent, Alibaba or Mobike. These companies are growing with new technologies and business models for the 21-century. They are the top players in their markets – globally. In future, I believe we are going to see more and more such china-born companies.

By analogy, China-born companies should not be satisfied with conquering just the Chinese market; they need to think more globally. The truth is even when you don’t think about going global, your competitors will be thinking about that and will take over your market eventually. So thinking globally is important to a company’s long-term development.

CBK: Nowadays changes, particular those brought by digital innovations, are everywhere. And companies in any size are facing tremendous pressures to adapt to the new environment. What would be your tips for them?  

Prof. Sivan: This is my focused area of work, and digital transformation is the theme of the main courses I am teaching here at CUHK Business School. In the digital era, suppliers, customers and shareholders are all expecting changes and should act quickly to adapt to changes. I believe there is one universal panacea to deal with external change – and that is the internal ability to change, and change often- namely being agile.

For example, in recent years, we see that physical marketplaces have transformed into digital and virtual market spaces. So companies today must understand the dynamics of such new environment and become more responsive to operate in our digital world.

When it comes to innovation, even the well-known process of disruptive innovation, which in the past could take years to disrupt any industry, has now accelerated into a matter of months, or even weeks. So companies should all learn how to transform from disruptive innovation to "killer" innovation.

Facing today’s ever-changing digital environment, I would say being agile is one of the keys to any company’s success.

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