Magazine article Management Today

Speaking out Dan Wagner

Magazine article Management Today

Speaking out Dan Wagner

Article excerpt

'Eat Lunch or be Lunch' -- a challenging title if ever I heard one. The audience were all members of the Inspired Leaders' Network, who subscribe to hear from someone who's 'done it' about how they can do it. In the case of Dan Wagner, the man behind the now-defunct market information provider Maid, it was clearly all about success. But it was also about how to change your organisation to cope with fast moving markets and bankers stuck in the dark ages. Maid and its successor, The Dialog Corporation, have seen bad times as well as good; now the newest incarnation, Bright Station, is hoping for a brighter future.

Not that Wagner has done too badly; he's made the proverbial shedloads along the way. I liked his informal approach and it was a good story, particularly the bit about his latest deal. He sold Dialog's information distribution business -- a major chunk of his company -- to Thomson. …

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