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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

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HBSWK: Dangers of Stereotyping People

Was Google CEO Sundar Pichai right to fire engineer James Damore after his condemnation of the company’s diversitry initiatives? Of course, answersBill George; treating colleagues as gender stereotypes rather than as individuals poisons the workplace. Google software engineer James Damore’s ten-page manifesto excoriating his employer for its diversity initiatives incited a major controversy in August about affirmative…

StarTribune: Mayo Is Putting Patients First in Southern Minnesota

By Bradbury H. Anderson , Richard K. Davis , Michael Dougherty , Bill George and Marilyn Carlson Nelson Instead of hospitals in neighboring communities like those in Albert Lea and Austin competing, they must collaborate and share certain services. We’re still investing in Albert Lea, and we’ve identified a way to keep 95 percent of…

Vanity Fair: CEOs Agree to Disagree on Giving Racists a Free Pass

By Bess Levin Last week, in the wake of Donald Trump’s decision not to disavow white nationalists (and assorted Hitlerian fellow travelers), dozens of C.E.O.s who had signed on to the president’s two business councils resigned in protest, with many of them condemning the response from the White House. Not everyone thought that was the…

Politicsay: Trump’s Business Councils Disband; What it Means

By William Hadden Two of President Trump’s business advisory councils disbanded Wednesday, signaling what could be a shift by the corporate world away from the president. The Strategic and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative dissolved after several several members stepped down in response to Trump’s comments regarding violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. last Saturday. The…

HBSWK: Op-Ed: Courageous Leader Triggers a Moral Revolt of CEOs Against Trump

CEOs are responsible to uphold their company’s mission and values, saysBill George. When these values are violated, even by the president of the United States, they are obliged to take a clear stand. Nothing like this has happened in 50 years. Forty-three CEOs of major American corporations revolted against President Trump this week, which led to the shutdown of…

WSJ: Apple’s Cook Joins Business Leaders Criticizing Trump’s Remarks

In email to employees, CEO says company will contribute $1 million each to Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League. By Tripp Mickle and Kelsey Gee Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook joined the chorus of high-profile business leaders who have felt compelled to share their views on Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s white-supremacist protests amid widespread unease on the part…

A Courageous Leader Triggers a Moral Revolt Among CEOs

Nothing like this has happened in the past fifty years. Forty-three CEOs of major American corporations revolted against the president this week by shutting down two presidential advisory councils. In so doing, they may have created an unprecedented gulf between the White House and the business community. It all came down to moral leadership. When…

When Should CEOs Take Public Stands?

When Should CEOs Take Public Stands? It depends upon when their mission and values are at stake. Merck CEO Ken Frazier resigned from President’s Trump’s Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying “As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.” As of Tuesday, five more CEOs joined Frazier in resigning from the council – Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Alliance for American Manufacturing’s Scott Paul, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and former AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lea.