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Conclusions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

Each year in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum hosts their Annual Meeting. This year’s Annual Meeting had the theme of Responsive and Responsible Leadership. Following my return, I wanted to share my conclusions with you from the Annual Meeting and discuss their implications for business and health. There were two overarching conclusions related to business that came through during this year’s Annual Meeting. This first was the decline in trust among institutions, as indicated... More »

Derek Yach | Jan 24, 2017
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