Charlene Li is an influential thought leader and guide on emerging technologies, with a specific focus on social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. The co-author of the business best-seller, Groundswell: Winning In A World Transformed By Social Technologies, Charlene's newest book, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead addresses the challenges facing leadership of the modern organization–given the dramatic adoption and impact social technologies have had on customer, partner, and employee relationships, how can companies not only manage but thrive in this new open, transparent, authentic world? Named "One of the Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company magazine, Charlene is the founder of Altimeter Group
which provides speaking and consulting services to organizations looking to understand and thrive in a new economy driven by social media tools and techniques. You can also read insights from Charlene on her blog, "The Altimeter
Charlene is one of the most frequently-quoted industry analysts and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She is a much-sought after public speaker and has presented frequently at top technology conferences such as Web 2.0 Expo-where she now serves on their Advisory Board, SXSW, and adTech. She is a member of Monitor Group
's network Monitor Talent
Most recently, Charlene was a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research
. She joined Forrester in 1999, after spending five years in online and newspaper publishing with the San Jose Mercury News and Community Newspaper Company.
She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College.
Open Leadership: Transform the Way You Lead with Social Technologies
Talk with your customers. Listen to your employees. These are long-time, well tested truisms of business. But ask organizations to engage with people on Facebook or Twitter and a look of sheer terror crosses their faces. The long held concept of command-and-control leadership is being tested as organizations are experiencing the largest technological and sociological shift of our generation.
In her new book, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead (May 2010), Charlene advises leaders how to feel in command in a world where they’re no longer in control. For example, how open, how transparent, how authentic, and how real do you need to be? More importantly, how do you leverage and measure the impact of using social technologies in your organization?
Charlene lays out a new approach that today’s leaders must adopt for competitive advantage. You’ll learn:
• Why being open and in control is possible
• The characteristics, skills, and behaviors of today’s “open” leaders
• Best practices in creating a coherent and effective social media strategy
• How to implement an “open” strategy
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
Right now, your customers are writing about your products on blogs and recutting your commercials on YouTube. They’re defining you on Wikipedia and ganging up on you in social networking sites like Facebook. These are all elements of a social phenomenon—the groundswell—that has created a permanent, long-lasting shift in the way the world works. Most companies see it as a threat.
In her book, Groundswell, Charlene Li reveals how to turn the force of customers connecting to your own advantage. Based on hard consumer data and experience with dozens of companies from Procter & Gamble to Ernst & Young to a tiny but wildly successful winery in South Africa, Charlene presents how to take advantage of communities, blogs, wikis, Facebook, and YouTube and turn this potential threat into opportunity.
• Named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2010
• “Groundswell” named the recipient of the 2009 Berry-AMA Book Prize for the best book in marketing
• Named by Fast Company as one of The Most Influential Women in Technology
• “Groundswell” named by CIO Insight as one of the Top 10 Business-Tech Books of 2008
• Named by Fast Company as one of The 12 Most Creative Minds of 2008
• “Groundswell” named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 3 best Web books of 2008
• “Groundswell” named by Advertising Age as number 3 of 10 Books You Should Have Read
• “Groundswell” named by BusinessWeek as one of the Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008
• “Groundswell” named by strategy+business as one of the Best Business Books 2008 and “Top Shelf” in Marketing
• “Groundswell” named one of 10 Insightful Web 2.0 Books by CIO Insight
• “Groundswell”, co-authored with Josh Bernoff, named by Amazon as one of the Top 10 Business & Investing Books of 2008
• Named one of The 50 Most Influential People in Business IT by Baseline magazine
• Named Visionary of the Year by Society for New Communications Research, along with Josh Bernoff, Groundswell co-author
• Named by AdAge as one of its top 40 Women To Watch in 2008
• Named by NowPublic as one of the 50 most influential people in Silicon Valley
• Named one of CRM Magazine’s 2008 Influential Leaders