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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

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HBSWK: Op-Ed: As America Recedes from Global Leadership, Its CEOs are Stepping Up

As America recedes from global leadership under President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies, a new generation of business statesmen is stepping up to take on global issues of monumental importance: global trade, climate change, job creation, and healthy living. At the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, President Trump was “odd man out”…

Questions to Help You Discover Your True North: Part I

If you follow my blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook page, you’ll notice a constant theme: Discover Your True North. Both leaders and corporations have to develop a True North that follows their unique principles. If you try to ‘fake it until you make it,’ you won’t just be unsuccessful; you’ll also be miserable. How can you discover…

The Next CEO Of Uber; Here’s Who Should Be On The Short List

Faced with the crucible of his mother’s accidental death and the crisis at his company, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wisely decided to accept his investors’ advice to turn the fledgling company’s leadership over to a new CEO. Just last week Kalanick announced he was taking an indefinite leave of absence to mourn his mother’s death…

A Pilgrimage through Life

This May my wife Penny and I and friends trekked 100 miles in nine days across Portugal and Spain on the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as “The Way.” Along with thousands of others, we were pilgrims on a journey through life. Some were there for religious purposes, some for a spiritual…

Fortune: What Prince Harry’s Grief Over Princess Diana Can Teach Every Leader

Prince Harry recently shared the poignant story of his near-breakdown over his mother Diana’s death. For 20 years he attempted to bury his grief, using honorable military service and wild partying to avoid thinking about his loss. But that only led him astray. While the public tried to escape the searing memories, Prince Harry enlisted…

CNBC: Here’s The Real Loser in the GOP Health-care Reform Plan

Thursday’s 217-213 vote in the House to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the Republicans’ new health-care plan constitutes one of the largest wealth transfers in history from the poor and middle class to wealthy Americans. This will further exacerbate economic disparities in our country. Even worse, the health of our nation will likely decline…

HBS: Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders

Courage is the quality that distinguishes great leaders from excellent managers. Over the past decade, I have worked with and studied more than 200 CEOs of major companies through board service, consulting, and research as a member of Harvard Business School’s faculty. I’ve found the defining characteristic of the best ones is courage to make bold…

Should the Wells Fargo Board Be Reelected to Continue Turnaround?

Next Tuesday, April 25 is a fateful day for the board of directors of Wells Fargo. That’s the date set for the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Due to recommendations to vote against most of Wells’ board members by two shareholder advisory services – ISS and Glass Lewis – shareholders will…