I try and learn also from other people's mistakes by just watching and talking to them.
I think the best lessons are learned from things that didn't go right because you tend to be able to move on from them. You think about it. I've made ton of mistakes across my career. I'm naturally suspicious of people who claim that they never made any mistakes.
Human beings or businesses are global and human beings are semi-movable. That creates a real challenge, especially when you move into the realm of digital businesses.
We're living in a very interesting time right now. Governments have no choice but to gain their legitimacy from political communities that exist within geographic borders, but business has already for some time gone global.
Tom Glocer was the chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, a leading global source of intelligent information for businesses and decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets.
Glocer originally joined Reuters Group in 1993 as vice president and deputy counsel of Reuters America and has held a number of senior leadership positions at Reuters, including President of Reuters LatAm and Reuters America, before being named CEO of Reuters Group PLC in July 2001, where he later oversaw the company's merger with the Thomson Corporation.
Glocer is on the board of Merck & Co., Inc., and serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the International Advisory Board of British American Business Inc., and various other corporate and philanthropic organizations. Glocer holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. You can read his blog at www.tomglocer.com.