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  • Financial Times Article on Mindful Leadership

    Aug 27, 2012

    The Financial Times carried an outstanding article over the weekend on Mindful Leadership that features General Mills (ranked #1 for developing leaders by multiple surveys), Target, Aetna, & Google along with my inputs.

  • Developing Innovative Leaders

    Aug 24, 2012

    Steve Jobs has become a symbol of innovative leadership. Sad to say, there aren't many leaders like him. Most of them, Google's Larry Page, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Genentech's Arthur Levinson, and Starbucks' Howard Schultz, are entrepreneurs who founded and built their businesses. 

  • Your Paycheck and the CEO's - Side by Side

    Aug 22, 2012

    The payday for one group of people gets a lot of attention: Company bosses.  In part because we know what they make, they're not supposed to keep their compensation secret.  But now  Congress is demanding companies go further  and compare CEO pay to what everyone else makes at a company.

  • Blame Short-term Focus for Facebook's Fall

    Aug 18, 2012

    Mark Reilly of the MSP Business Journal recaps Bill's argument that the social media companies should have focused on building their businesses for the long term. 

  • The Long-Term Value of Internet Companies

    Aug 3, 2012

    A decade after the last technology bubble burst, the signs are everywhere that it is happening again. Look at what’s happened to the highly publicized initial public offerings: Facebook’s value has declined $30 billion since its I.P.O., costing investors nearly half their investment. Zynga shares have plummeted. Groupon shares trade at such an extreme discount that there should be a Groupon for them. Pandora’s stock, once $17, has touched $7. Companies like Friendster and MySpace, meanwhile, toil in oblivion. 

  • Penn State Lesson: Today's Cover-Up was Yesterday's Opportunity

    Jul 18, 2012

    The most damaging portion of former FBI Director Louis Freeh's comprehensive report on the Pennsylvania State pedophilia scandal is his conclusion that four senior university officials concealed football coach Jerry Sandusky's child abuse from 1998 to 2011, even from its board of trustees, because they wanted "to avoid the consequences of bad publicity."

  • Keys to Great Leadership: Itís About Using Your Head ó and Your Heart

    Jul 13, 2012

    The authors say IQ and EQ matter for leadership.  Bill George says great companies must “figure out how to tap into people’s hearts — their passions and their desires to make a difference through their work.”

  • Finding a Cure for "CEO-itis"

    Jul 12, 2012

    An affliction of arrogance that plagues many people picked for powerful posts, its symptoms include a tendency toward isolation, belief that you're smarter than others, preference for loyalists, aversion to changing course even in the face of failure, and love of royal treatment.

  • Supreme Court Ruling on the Accountable Care Act

    Jul 3, 2012

    One thing should be clear after last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It's time to end three and a half years of political wrangling and make the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) work. The law's shortcomings are well known.

  • For businesses, Supreme Court ruling provides a measure of clarity in health care calculations

    Jun 29, 2012

    The Supreme Court decision largely upholding President Obama's health care overhaul was the talk of the business world Thursday. But executives weren't speaking with one voice.  Biotechnology leaders hailed a provision creating an approval process for generic versions of their medicines while also protecting the original drug makers' brands for a longer period.