Tony Tjan

Tony Tjan

CEO & Chairman, The Cue Ball Group; Recent Author of ‘Good People’

Over the course of a high-velocity career founding, leading, and now investing in and advising transformative businesses, Anthony Tjan has emerged as a leading expert on how to strategically innovate business models and channel the power of people and culture into enduring value.

Across four different industries – Internet, media, tech-enabled retail, and financial services – Tjan has used the power of people and culture to challenge industry conventions. One of his largest transformations was serving as the chief strategic advisor to Thomson Corporations radical evolution from a newspaper company to the one of the largest information media conglomerates today, Thomson Reuters.

With his latest book (Good People) and research initiative (The Good People Project), Tjan challenges leaders to re-frame traditional thinking around how we build our teams, cultures and our people ecosystems and to acknowledge and embrace leadership of character over leadership of competency. What do we need to look for when we evaluate goodness of character and values? Why is it that we tend to evaluate candidates and employees by their measurable accomplishments than by their “softer” qualities, like self-awareness, empathy, and respect? Why is it so hard to practice being good and what can we do about it in terms of talent assessment and mentorship?

After reviewing nearly 100 case studies in organizations and leadership Tjan has established that there is a hard truth to soft matters in terms of what really drives long-term value and competitive advantage. With this in mind, Tjan is leading a movement to change the way we think about goodness, so we can become better judges of people, better leaders, and create more goodness in ourselves and our organizations.”

TEDxBeaconStreet 2013


Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck is the result of three years of research across 500+ entrepreneurs and conducted and co-authored by three highly accomplished business-builders now turned venture capitalists and advisors. Launched on August 7th 2012, the book is a New York Times Best Seller and hit #1 non-fiction with Publisher’s Weekly.

In this talk Tony Tjan, the lead author of Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, you will gain essential entrepreneurial advice:
1) You can become more self-aware.
2) You will learn surprising new stats. How many entrepreneurs really start with a business plan?
3) You will be exposed to the best secrets, habits and principles of top business builders.