Feb 26, 2013
By Leo Bottary for Vistage.com, published February 10, 2013 Last summer, I wrote a post titled: What Does It Take to be a Great Chair? I wasn’t talking about a piece of furniture and the requirements of four strong legs and a comfortable seat. I was referring of course to Vistage Chairs who professionally facilitate CEO and key executive peer advisory boards here in the U.S. and around the world.
Feb 13, 2013
Board governance is frequently discussed and often misunderstood. In this article, I offer an insider’s perspective on the topic. Over the years, I have had the privilege of serving on ten corporate boards, as well as being chairman and CEO of Medtronic, chairman only, and CEO only. I have also observed dozens of boards from outside the boardroom and engaged in numerous confidential conversations with members of these boards about the challenges they faced and how they handled them.
Jan 18, 2013
Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving. In her continuing series on “7 Minutes with a CEO,” she interviewed preeminent thought leader, Bill George. Below is her interview with the former CEO of Medtronics and current professor at Harvard Business School. She spoke with Bill about leadership and why he thinks self esteem (a rare word in leadership) is one of the most important qualities.
Dec 28, 2012
“Do your shareholders choose you or do you choose them? Sophisticated CEOs choose their investors by defining their particular business approach and strategy and ensuring that their investors are aligned with that program.” Bill George, former Medtronic CEO
Dec 7, 2012
IMAGINE for a moment…that you have been diagnosed with cancer and you want to be dealt with as a whole human being, connected in body, mind and spirit. But your treatment considers you only as a disease and a compromised body part.
Nov 26, 2012
Executives and directors in the banking and financial services sector are waiting with bated breath to see whom President Barack Obama will name to key oversight posts in his second term. Those appointments, they say, will essentially predict how friendly to Wall Street the business environment will be over the next four years.
Nov 16, 2012
Wanna be a rock star? Come to Detroit. That’s one takeaway a group of Harvard Business School professors had Thursday night during a presentation on their year long project on U.S. competitiveness.
Oct 25, 2012
What skills do today's executives need to develop to become effective global leaders of tomorrow? And how do corporations teach these skills to their own leaders? "The shift from a country centric corporation to one that is more global in its outlook will have a radical impact on leadership development," says Professor of Management Practice William George, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.
Oct 18, 2012
Leadership matters. Whilst there are many ways of grappling with leadership, I value the ontological lens and in particular the ontological model of leadership that has been developed and is being taught by Werner Erhard et al.
Oct 15, 2012
America's feeble economy reminds us every day that our global competitiveness is in trouble. Whose fault is that? As usual in today's political environment, most opinions are extreme. One camp holds that national competitiveness is the responsibility of policymakers, not business leaders, who need to focus on running their companies.