7 August

Zhou Qunfei: Breaking Glass By Making Glass

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Key Lesson:  Personal mastery and a desire to learn can take you far. Zhou Qunfei has come a long way from her tiny farming village in China’s Hunan province. As founder and CEO of Lens Technology, which manufactures glass covers for a wide range of consumer electronics, including Samsung and Apple devices, Ms. Zhou recently broke perhaps […]

31 July

George Lucas: Marin Wars, The Sequel

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Key Lesson:  Perseverance — and standing firm in the face of opposition — is a key element of great leadership. George Lucas made his name creating the Star Wars movie franchise, but lately he’s been accused of creating an entirely different kind of conflict:  class warfare. When the expansion of LucasFilm studios was thwarted by […]

17 July

Lisa Dyson: Asking and Answering Big Questions at Kiverdi

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Key Lesson:  Great leaders are always asking questions — of themselves and others. When Lisa Dyson was in high school, she wanted to learn the programming language C, but her school didn’t offer any classes. She asked her math teacher to teach her. He did. Today, Dyson holds a PhD in physics from MIT and is the […]

10 July

CVS and Target: Competitors turned Collaborators

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Key Lesson:  Sometimes friendly competition can lead to shared goals and enhanced value for all stakeholders. Target CEO Brian Cornell and CVS CEO Larry Merlo have known each other for a long time, and they’re in the habit of occasionally having dinner together to compare notes on running their respective businesses. It’s no secret that […]

2 July

Russell Simmons: A Positive Force in Business and in Life

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Key Lesson:  Let the things you love be your guide to happiness and success. Russell Simmons is the quintessential Grounded Leader:  He’s authentic, generous, full of positive emotion, deeply curious, driven to succeed and knows how to maintain a peak performance lifestyle. On top of that, he’s an astute businessman with a wide array of […]

26 June

Taylor Swift: Taking a Stand for Her Fellow Artists

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Key Lesson:  It’s possible to take a principled stand and engage in productive dialogue. When Fortune magazine named singer Taylor Swift the most powerful woman in the world earlier this year (she was No. 6 overall), there was a lot of skepticism. But the creators of the list stuck to their guns, noting that Swift exemplifies […]

19 June

Dwyane Wade and the Pursuit of Knowledge

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Key Lesson:  Even when you’re at the top of your game, there’s always more to learn. As a Miami Heat shooting guard, Dwyane Wade is one the NBA’s most admired players — both on and off the court. In addition to playing at the very top of his game, he’s also a dedicated family man. His memoir about […]

12 June

Larry Page: Taking His Own Advice at Google

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Key Lesson:  Take time to connect with your employees. It can really pay off.  It’s no secret that Google employees enjoy some of the best corporate perks and benefits available. Great pay, paternity leave equal to maternity leave, free gourmet food and the welcome mat out for the family dog are just a few of […]

10 June

Are You Using Your “Executive Brain”?

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We don’t often think about it, but it is such a gift to be able to be a participant and an observer of a conversation at the same time. As humans, we have this wonderful capacity to be witnesses to our own lives. By observing ourselves in action, we can remember where we’ve been, recognize […]

5 June

Housing First: A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

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Key Lesson:  Always be open to the possibility that the most complex problems can be solved by the simplest solutions.  Sam Tsemberis started working with the homeless community in New York City in the early nineties. As a psychologist, his job was to identify and treat — sometimes against their will — people suffering from mental […]