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  • Peer or Expert?

    Feb 26, 2013

    By Leo Bottary for, 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.  

  • Board Governance Depends On Where You Sit

    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.

  • The Self-Esteem of Leadership

    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. 

  • 5 Ways to Evaluate Investor Alignment Before They Write a Check

    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

  • Integrative Medicine and the Transformation of Healthcare

    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.

  • Financial Sector Directors Seek 'Clarity' After Election

    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.

  • Harvard on Detroit: It's a long road to recovery, but our “Vacancy” sign is clear to all

    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.

  • Developing the Global Leader

    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.

  • What Does It Take To Be A Leader And For Leadership To Show Up?

    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. 

  • What Business Should Do To Restore Competitiveness

    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.