Faisal Hoque: The Future of Entrepreneurship

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Faisal HoqueSerial entrepreneur, Faisal Hoque is founder and CEO at BTM Corporation and founder of research think-tank BTM Institute. Author of seven books, his upcoming book is “Everything Connects — How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability” (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014). Contributor @‪FastCompany, @HuffingtonPost, and other publications. Formerly of GE, and other global brands. In May 2008, the editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and Larry Page, for creating the BTM Framework (TM). Follow him on Twitter @faisal_hoque.

For more information on Faisal Hoque, please visit http://www.faisalhoque.com

“I am a devoted student of ‘life’, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and human relations. I left my birth-land Bangladesh at the age of 17. Since then I call America my home. Today I lead a company – BTM Corporation – that provides software, solutions, and education to accelerate sustainable growth for our customers. I also write, travel, and am constantly thinking. Here is my story on my blog – “Corridors of Carbondale”.” ~ Faisal

Most Significant Links and My Thoughts (from my articles @FC, @WSJ, @HuffPost, @LE):

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow – @FastCompany
Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.

What Is “Entrepreneurship” in the 21st Century? – @HuffingtonPost
The buzz about entrepreneurship is everywhere nowadays — from magazine covers to conferences, hotel lobbies to the White House, and of course, kitchen tables.

Strategies For Becoming A More Authentic Leader – @FastCompany
Along with fearless passion and courage, becoming an authentic leader takes mental discipline. Here are 9 principles to get you started. It’s hard to find a glimmer of hope in the technology world these days.

The Technology Disconnect – @WSJ
It’s hard to find a glimmer of hope in the technology world these days.

Transformative Growth: Architect it with Operating Blueprints – @LeadershipExcellence
Yesterday’s economic and business models are inadequate to ensure tomorrow’s success. It is time to move forward. Only new thinking will do.

My Philosophy (and a favorite quote of my own):

Everything connects. Making connections between disparate things is the key to creative thinking. The ritualistic practice of thinking about how different things relate to each other, and how distinct things could be combined to make something completely different, results in sustainable innovation. When we recognize the constellation of relationships within an organization we can begin to understand their shared alignment, a process that I describe as CONVERGENCE – the overlapping nature of art, science, and spirituality.

The ultimate objective is to produce a wealth of new ideas, dynamic innovation, and sustainable opportunities and methods of measuring them. Thus, financial success is a byproduct of what we do.

My vision, then, is to produce a kind of ‘organizational mindfulness’. When you have a firm idea of what your priorities are and where you wish to go, you can reflect at the end of the day, month, quarter, and year to see if you are moving in accordance with that over-arching mission.”
Entrepreneur, Author Faisal Hoque

A Favorite Quote From Another:
“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door — or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”
– Nobel Laureate Bangali Poet Rabindranath Tagore

Most Impactful Business Book I Have Read:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles by Peter F. Drucker

“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”
― Peter F. Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles

Most Impactful Non-fiction Book I Have Read:
Sādhanā: The Realisation of Life by Rabindranath Tagore, Author of Gitanjali

Book Summary: “Sadhana – The Realisation of Life” is a breathtaking collection of spiritual discourses given by Rabindranath Tagore to the boys in his school, in Bolpur, West Bengal. Compiled and translated by Tagore from his Bengali lectures, the book consists of eight essays, in which Tagore answers some of the most profound questions of life: Why did God create this world? Why would a Perfect Being, instead of remaining eternally concentrated in Himself, go through the trouble of manifesting the Universe?

Why does evil exist? Do love and beauty have a purpose? Sadhana is one of those rare books that need to be read slowly, as each sentence contains an immense amount of wisdom to be digested! In the end Tagore’s captivating and rational explanations will leave you feeling breathless, exhilarated and brimming with peace, happiness and joy, as you become aware of the tremendous unifying force behind this immensely diverse and awe-inspiring Creation!

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