The Potential of Connection

Original Blog By: Joe Calloway, Principal with The Disruption Lab

One of the most productive projects I’ve worked on paired entrepreneurs with corporate executives to share knowledge, experiences, and perspectives on business. My partners on the project were Belmont University and Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

It was a two-way street, with the corporate executives getting great value from the new ideas and insights of the young entrepreneurs, who gained from the real world experience of the execs. Through the course of the year-long project, they focused on issues of leadership, culture, innovation, and growth.

Innovation that creates value is largely the product of collaboration and the adapting of ideas from one business or industry into another. It’s about making connections and having open minds, which is the foundational premise behind Station F in Paris, France.

From the accompanying article: “Walk inside Station F — dubbed the world’s largest start-up campus — and you might notice how far the concept goes beyond start-ups: Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are all among the global companies that have set up inside.”

There’s great potential for innovation and disruption when corporations, universities, and start-ups connect, and that’s what gives Station F such great potential.


Joe Calloway is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and author of Be the Best at What Matters Most and six other ground-breaking business books including Becoming A Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity And Defy Comparison, which received rave reviews from The New York TimesRetailing TodayPublishers Weekly and many others. He consults and advises leadership teams of global organizations with ideas and strategies on leadership, innovation and customer experience. You can connect with or ask Joe a question through The Disruption Lab community at


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