20 March

Oprah Winfrey – Go Deep and Move Forward

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Oprah Winfrey – Go Deep and Move Forward

Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty to an unmarried teen mother in rural Mississippi. Sexually abused in childhood, she ran away from home at age 13 to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. In those early days, Oprah loved to read and found early success as a top honor student. She began college but…

18 March

How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

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How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

You can face discomfort and anxiety by changing your relationship to change. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us prefer the easy road. We possess a natural inclination to stick with…

2 October

Global Food Companies: Serving Up Sustainability

Key Lesson:  Solutions to some problems transcend competition — and demand a unified approach. Earlier this week, the CEOs of ten global food companies — many of them longstanding competitors — released a joint letter calling upon world leaders to act swiftly and decisively to address climate change. The letter was the focus of a…

4 September

Eileen Fisher and the Aesthetic of Sustainability

Key Lesson:  Aligning your business practices with your vision of the future can create a powerful force for change. When Eileen Fisher started designing clothes in 1984, she wasn’t particularly interested in creating or leading an enterprise. She was interested in designing clothes that were simple and beautiful. Even today, Fisher says, “Design is what…

31 July

George Lucas: Marin Wars, The Sequel

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…

10 July

CVS and Target: Competitors turned Collaborators

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…

26 June

Taylor Swift: Taking a Stand for Her Fellow Artists

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…

12 June

Larry Page: Taking His Own Advice at Google

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…

15 May

Dominic Barton: Leading the Way to Lasting Value

Key Lesson:  In order to build shareholder — and all stakeholder — value over the long-term, we need to recognize and reward managers who take the long view. When Dominic Barton became global managing director of McKinsey, he had some urgent problems to deal with. The firm’s trust-based culture had led to damaging charges of…

24 April

Mark Benioff: Being Bold on Equality

Key Lesson:  When fairness and equality are at issue, being bold is often the answer. Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff does not shy away from any challenge or controversy. As a pioneer in cloud computing, he’s built substantial wealth and influence in the world of tech and beyond. And he doesn’t hesitate to use that clout….