Huffington Post: Vulnerability is Power

    Published on November 25, 2015

    Imagine a moment when you felt fully comfortable with others. You weren't guarding what you said. You weren't monitoring how others perceived you. And you shared life stories you rarely do. ... Read more

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    • Toronto Globe and Mail: Staying grounded is key to balancing life and leadership

      Published on November 24, 2015

      Successful leaders live complex and demanding lives. As the frequency of communication has intensified, the pace of business has increased.

    • What Does Authenticity Really Mean?

      Published on November 20, 2015

      Authenticity is a hot word in leadership discussions. The modern workplace is more informal and less hierarchical than in the past. Command-and-control management doesn’t fly withpeople hired for their creative brainpower. They want leaders who inspire them, and give them reasons for working beyond a paycheck.

    • Meditate This: Podcast - The "CEO" of Mindful Leadership

      Published on November 19, 2015

      Sure, he was the CEO of Medtronic and a senior executive at Honeywell and Litton Industries. And sure he sits on the Board of Directors for Exxon Mobil, the Mayo Clinic, and Goldman Sachs. And yes, he's a professor of Management Practice and a Henry B. Arthur Fellow of Ethics at Harvard Business School. But Bill George is no central casting idea of a "businessman."

    • TotalPicture Radio: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence, Diverse Leadership Teams, and Empowering People

      Published on November 19, 2015

      Don't expect the same Q&A with Bill George on other podcast interviews. We don't go by the talking points provided by the publisher. True North, originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, became a must-read business classic when it was first introduced in 2007. Today, authenticity has become a key issue in the C-Suite, boardroom, in HR and recruiting initiatives, corporate communications, marketing campaigns, and of course, politics.

    • ManagerMojo: What is Your True North?

      Published on November 17, 2015

      The leaders of yester-year can’t be the leaders of today with the evolutionary and revolutionary move from the ‘Me’ generation to the ‘We’ generation. While today’s young leaders desire collaboration, transparency and engagement they thrive on working in a world of diversity and technology. They are inspired and excited to commit to causes and efforts greater than themselves.

    • 3 Lessons From One Of America's Great Culture Builders

      Published on November 16, 2015

      After building an extraordinary culture at Medtronic, George published his findings on the habits of Great business leadership in the 2007 book “True North,” which detailed how value-centered companies always outperform profit-centered organizations. Without question, it is one of the greatest reads on this subject.

    • Churchmag: ‘Discover Your True North’ by Bill George [Saturday Morning Review]

      Published on November 16, 2015

      When True North came out in 2007, it became an instant classic on authentic leadership in business literature. Discover your True North is the updated version of that book that was just released. It’s still one of the best books on ethical and effective leadership available.

    • Minnesota Public Radio: Kerri Miller Friday Roundtable

      Published on November 13, 2015

      This week on the MPR Friday Roundtable, I had the privilege of speaking with other CEOs about diversity in the workplace, how to motivate workers and the role of vulnerability in leadership.

    • Harvard Business School: Authentic Leadership Rediscovered

      Published on November 10, 2015

      In the last 10 years, authenticity has become the gold standard of leadership. This is a sea change from 2003 when I wrote Authentic Leadership. Back then, many people asked what it meant to be authentic.

    • Huffington Post: Mindfulness Is Transforming Leadership

      Published on November 12, 2015

      How are leaders becoming mindful? One of the most popular ways to learn mindfulness is to attend a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn since the late 1970s, MBSR is built on ancient meditation practices. However, it wasn't until the last decade that the marriage of mindfulness and leadership became reality. In 2007 Chade-Meng Tan - Google employee #107 -- launched Google's meditation program. The program currently teaches 2,000 Googlers per year to meditate in order to become better leaders.

    • Catholic Business Journal: LEADERSHIP MATTERS: Recent Headlines and Finding Your True North

      Published on November 4, 2015

      Stanford business school professor Jeffrey Pfeffer would use these headlines as examples of how “the leadership industry has failed.” Prescriptions for leaders to be more truthful are at odds with what goes on in the real word. “The ability to lie can be very useful for getting ahead,” says Pfeffer. “Manipulation is a foundation for social power…in fact; there is a reciprocal relationship between power and lying.”

    • Huffington Post: The World's Most Innovative Company

      Published on November 2, 2015

      Two weeks ago I spent a day at the world's most innovative company: Google. It felt more like a college campus than a multi-billion dollar company. Yet behind the gyms, mindfulness classes, and gourmet free food, there are 20,000 engineers working furiously. Their goal: breakthrough products that transform the world.

    • Twin Cities Business: Masqueraded Leadership

      Published on October 30, 2015

      When I received an advance copy of Bill George’s latest book, Discover Your True North, I was interested to read it, since I know Bill George from attending many of the same business and social events over the years. Most recently, George and I were co-keynote speakers on the topic of best practices in corporate governance and ethics. But, to be perfectly candid, the idea of writing a book review about “another” business book written by a former CEO didn’t exactly flip my pancakes.

    • SmartBlogs: The Journey to Authentic Leadership

      Published on October 30, 2015

      When I graduated from college, I had the naive notion that the journey to leadership was a straight line to the top. I learned the hard way that leadership is not a singular destination but a marathon journey that progresses through many stages until you reach your peak. I was not alone. Of all the senior leaders we interviewed, none wound up where they thought they would. Former Vanguard CEO Jack Brennan believes that the worst thing people can do is to manage their careers with a career map: “The dissatisfied people I have known and those who experienced ethical or legal failures all had a clear career plan.”

    • Psychology Today: Overcoming the Loneliness of Leadership

      Published on October 30, 2015

      "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." – African Proverb. Who can you turn to when life gets tough? Who do you have… when you’re alone? Over the past 20 years, Americans have faced a crisis of community. As Robert Putnam documented in his famous book “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital”, we’re spending less and less time with each other. As technology connects us, it changes the types of relationships we have. We have more “friends” than ever, but we lack the deep bonding we yearn for.

    • Amazon Book Review: Thomas M. Loarie

      Published on October 30, 2015

      “Walgreens is Waiting for Answers About Theranos” ... “Attention Shareholders: Beware of the Board” ... “Credit Suisse Settles ‘Dark Pool’ Case” ... These recent headlines in the Wall Street Journal highlight the on-going problem of leaders who have “gone south” and have taken their organizations with them. Stanford business school professor Jeffrey Pfeffer would use these as examples of how “the leadership industry has failed.” Prescriptions for leaders to be more truthful are at odds with what goes on in the real world.

    • Watch Bill George at Georgia Tech's Impact Speaker Series

      Published on October 30, 2015

      Bill George speaks at Georgia Tech IMPACT Speaker Series on Discover Your True North.

    • Jack Ma: China's First Global Leader

      Published on October 22, 2015

      In the new edition of Discover Your Truth North, bestselling author Bill George profiles nearly 50 new leaders, including Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi, Arianna Huffington, Paul Polman, Mike Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and others.

    • StarTribune: Mayo plan to remake Rochester slow to gather steam

      Published on October 27, 2015

      The city has little to show for the hoopla that surrounded the Legislature’s $585 million assist in Mayo’s plan to remake Rochester into an international center for medicine, research and health care. 

    • Huffington Post: The Surprising Difference Between Careerism and Leadership

      Published on October 21, 2015

      Ask yourself whether you are leading with purpose or just trying to get ahead? Do you actually believe in something larger than your compensation, your career trajectory or your next success? I often tell young leaders, if their work has no meaning or satisfaction, they are better off quitting and sitting on the beach until they decide what they want to do.

    • More Than Sound: The Contemplative Leader: A Conversation with Bill George

      Published on October 21, 2015

      Authentic leaders have developed a keen inner focus. They know what’s going on inside of themselves. They’re in touch with the relationship between their emotions and their actions. Most importantly, they possess a meta awareness – an awareness of awareness itself.

    • Top Harvard Professors Weigh in on VW Dieselgate: What It Means For Leadership, Culture and the Future of Work

      Published on October 21, 2015

      The VW scandal, like every good scandal before it, has left business leaders wondering where exactly it all went wrong, who at VW is behind it and whether the brand can recover. It even spawned a hashtag, #dieselgate, which has become the world’s unofficial forum for discussing causes of the crisis and its possible fixes – all while aiming a healthy amount of frustration and resentment at the company’s top executives.

    • Monster Hiring Podcast: Authentic Leadership

      Published on October 14, 2015

      In this Monster podcast with the best-selling author Bill George, we hear the stories of authentic leaders, including PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi and Starbuck’s Howard Schultz, as highlighted in George’s latest book,Discover your True North (Wiley, 2015.)

    • Medtronic's George, Red Hat's Whitehurst, Citrix's Lipson talk leadership in the C-Suite

      Published on October 14, 2015

      Bill George knows leadership - and can attract it when he needs to. The CEO that took Medtronic from a $1.1 billion market capitalization to $65 billion, George brought a a leader-heavy crowd to downtown Raleigh early Wednesday for the launch of his new book, “Discover Your True North,” where he told them directly that leadership can’t just be about the balance sheet. There’s room, he says, for “passions” in the C-Suite.

    • Bill George Interview: 'Northern' Exposure to Leadership

      Published on October 13, 2015

      No one ever said leading is easy. You hear about leading by example all the time, but what about examples of leading? Bill George, the former CEO of medical-device-company Medtronic Inc., draws up a road map to leadership in his recently updated book “Discover Your True North.” In the book, he interviews 125 people about their ideas on leadership. What he concludes is that people who learn from their life experiences, or “crucibles” as he calls them, and follow their leadership compass “northward” can achieve “authentic leadership.”

    • Georgia Tech: IMPACT Presents: Bill George, Author, "Discover Your True North"

      Published on October 9, 2015

      Georgia Tech alum, Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. His previous work includes four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he published True North Groups. His newest collection includes Discover Your True North and Discover Your True North Fieldbook.

    • CNBC: Dorsey Returning to Twitter and Ellen Kullman Stepping Down at Dupont

      Published on October 7, 2015

      Discussion about Jack Dorsey running Twitter & Square; Ellen Kullman stepping down from Dupont.

    • Forbes: Why Leaders Need To Keep Their Eyes on True North

      Published on October 5, 2015

      The term “authenticity” is much bandied about in leadership circles these days.

    • Huffington Post: Why Wall Street Cannot Beat Buffett

      Published on September 29, 2015

      As a proven investor who has created hundreds of billions in value for his shareholders since 1965, Warren Buffett has delivered the most spectacular performance of any investor in modern history.

    • Psychology Today: Know Thyself: How to Develop Self-Awareness

      Published on September 29, 2015

      How well do you know yourself? How deeply do you understand your motivations?

    • Huffington Post: The Inner Work of Leaders

      Published on September 24, 2015

      The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new collection, The Executive Edge: An Insider's Guide to Outstanding Leadership.

    • Total Picture: Bill George. Discover Your True North

      Published on September 22, 2015

      Don't expect the same Q&A with Bill George on other podcast interviews. We don't go by the talking points provided by the publisher.

    • Huffington Post: Are Companies Succumbing to Shareholder Pressures?

      Published on September 22, 2015

      Are companies and their boards succumbing to short-term pressures from shareholders? That's the concern of Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, the world's largest fund manager with $4 trillion in assets under management. Fink personally wrote to all CEOs in the S&P 500 index last spring to warn them about trying to return money to investors through so-called "shareholder-friendly" steps like increasing dividends and buying back stock.

    • Post Bulletin: Summit Sets Sights on Health Care Delivery

      Published on September 18, 2015

      Four years after its creation, the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery kicked off its inaugural Delivery Science Summit on Wednesday. The three-day conference at Mayo Civic Center is the ambitious initiative's first opportunity to gather medical, big-data and clinical-research professionals in order to move academic initiatives closer to implementation.

    • Star Tribune: Former Medtronic CEO Urges Students to Find Their 'True North'

      Published on September 18, 2015

      Former Medtronic CEO Bill George told students at Minnetonka High School on Thursday to find out who they really are and to stay true to that through the travails of life. Everyone’s purpose takes some digging to pinpoint, he said, and he believes it is crucial for people to find their own “true north.”

    • Huffington Post: Your Journey From I To We

      Published on September 16, 2015

      Are you the hero of your own journey? Or are you a servant-leader who empowers others? All of us start out in this world as individual contributors. In our early years we are measured by our grades, test scores, and solo accomplishments. As we enter the world of work, many of us envision ourselves in the hero's image who can change the world.

    • CNBC: Are Corporate Ethics Sliding Again?

      Published on September 15, 2015

      Just when we thought we were past the corporate scandals of the past decade, two new crises have emerged at large global companies –Toshiba and United Airlines. Last week, Toshiba announced an "accounting adjustment" of $1.9 billion, more than four times the original estimate in April when the problems initially surfaced.

    • Fortune: It's Time for Boomers to Let Millenials Start Leading The Way

      Published on September 9, 2015

      If baby boomers are the “Me” generation, then millennials are fast emerging as the “We” generation. With a focus on service, global leadership, diversity, and emotional intelligence, they are taking on leadership roles faster than any cohort since the Greatest Generation.

    • Huffington Post: Self Awareness: Key to Sustainable Leadership

      Published on September 8, 2015

      In 2007, Arianna Huffington's career was on a rapid upward trajectory. After building the Huffington Post as the leading online global newspaper, Time chose her as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People. Then she had a wake-up call.

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