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The BB&T Leadership Series: Bill George Discover Your True North Part 1

he BB&T Leadership Series, a video series with CEO Kelly King presented by The BB&T Leadership Institute, was created to support our commitment to leadership development. The series shares insights on leadership topics from some of today’s best and brightest thought leaders. We hope you find these interviews and the perspectives they share inspiring and…

True North By Bill George Selected As One Of 25 Best Leadership Books Of All Time

We are very proud to announce that True North has been selected as one of the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time by Soundview. It is a privilege to be included with such great authors as Warren Bennis, Peter Drucker, Daniel Goleman, Sun Tzu, Jim Collins, Clay Christensen, Stephen Covey, John Kotter and Dale Carnegie. Here is…

Truth, Transparency & Trust: The 3 T’s of True North Leaders

In working with many authentic leaders, I have learned that the three keys to becoming a True North Leader are Truth, Transparency and Trust. All three are essential qualities for building authentic relationships with your colleagues and teammates. Do you want to become a True North Leader? First, you must discover your True North. When…

Why the Era of Free Trade May Be Coming to an End

For the past two years the U.S. and other leading economies have engaged in a series of trade wars with no end in sight, and with populists gaining popularity around the world, national issues are increasingly taking precedence over the benefits of globalization. During a trip to China last week where I was teaching a…

The United States Needs Responsible Capitalism

During the last four decades, the U.S. has experienced a form of capitalism that has led to growing economic inequality and increasing dissatisfaction with our capitalist system—a discontent highlighted by prominent politicians like presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who embrace tenets of democratic socialism. As economist Joseph Stiglitz recently warned, “[T]he American…

Fortune: The Fallacy Of Medicare For All

Presidential candidate and self-described Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders currently leads the New Hampshire polls for the Democratic nomination while campaigning on a platform that calls for Medicare for All. Senator Kamala Harris and some other Democratic presidential candidates are jumping on board the Medicare for All bandwagon, which would extend the government-run health care insurance system to all Americans….

HBR Podcast: Can Mark Zuckerberg Rebuild Trust in Facebook?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a “crucible moment,” a point in his life that would test him and potentially shape him as a leader, in March 2018 when it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica had accessed data from 87 million Facebook accounts. Harvard Business School professor, and former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Bill George discusses his…

Fortune: Responsible Capitalism Will Be The U.S.’s Saving Grace

Last Thursday, Kraft Heinz announced a $15.4 billion write down of its mega-brands and disclosed an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of its accounting practices. Consequently, its stock dropped 27% the next day and is down 62% from its peak two years ago. One more short-term cost cutter bites the dust. Kraft Heinz is getting criticism from all directions…

Fortune: Why It Is So Hard to Be an Authentic Leader

In the past decade, companies have shifted away from competency leadership models to the authentic leadership development model, prompting the Harvard Business Review to declare that “authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership.” Authentic leadership programs help leaders develop their character, their values, and the inner side of their leadership, which are essential to leading other people….

Fortune: These Are the Challenges Tech Giants Will Face in 2019

For the past decade, the technology giants—Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Tesla, Uber—have dominated the business world. Just last year, their stock prices appeared to be on an endless upward trajectory. No longer. The past year presented the major technology companies with multiple difficulties, and 2019 promises to be even more challenging. Expect extensive news coverage of how Russian…

HBSWK: These 4 CEOs Created a New Standard of Leadership

At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, these four corporate leaders stepped forward—and changed how we think of leadership forever, says Bill George. Four titans who defined a new era in business during the past decade recently concluded their terms: PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, Unilever’s Paul Polman, Mayo Clinic’s John Noseworthy, and US Bancorp’s Richard Davis….

USA Today: Is Jeff Bezos Untouchable Now That He’s Taking on National Enquirer?

By Edward Baig for USA Today Before his bombshell accusation that American Media Inc. (AMI) was trying to extort and blackmail him, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was cast in some corners as a villain. With Bezos counterpunching hard against the National Enquirer publisher, the richest guy in the world may not only come off as hero of sorts…

Twin Cities Business: Leaders in Giving: People

A look at philanthropic efforts by corporate givers. Jacquie Berglund Jacquie Berglund is founder and CEO of Finnegans Brew Co., which donates all of its profits to hunger relief in the markets where its craft beer is sold. Last year, Berglund opened the Finnegans Brewery & Taproom in Minneapolis. The Elliot Park complex includes the…

CNBC: GSK, Pfizer and GE Shift Away From Diversification In Latest Round of Health-Care Deals

GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and General Electric all made key announcements Wednesday signaling that health-care companies are shifting to focus their businesses on their greatest strengths and abandoning the diversification strategies that have characterized health care for the past two decades. First, a quick summary of their moves: GSK and Pfizer announced that they are merging their consumer businesses into a…

Star Tribune: Why Earl Bakken’s Legacy Will Enhance Minnesota For Years To Come

Bakken was always two decades ahead of his time, causing many people to doubt his ideas, but he never wavered, Bill George writes. Earl Bakken’s death on Oct. 21 at his beloved Hawaii home sent reverberations back to Minnesota. He leaves behind a powerful legacy that will impact Minnesotans for generations to come. Having known…

Lead True: Authentic Leadership Rediscovered

Following Your True North through Real-World Challenges My New eBook – Published September 12, 2018 Lead True, my new eBook, is now available for FREE download. To get your copy, follow the link at the end of this article. I decided to make it free so more leaders like you will read it. My only…

Integrative Health Philanthropist Earl Bakken Bids Adieu at 94

“Earl Bakken was a man and a legend.” So wrote integrative medicine philanthropist Penny George in a e-note following news that the founder of the now $27-billion Medtronic had died at 94 in his home on his beloved island of Hawaii. “Earl is also a testament to integrative care. He accumulated a number of serious health problems with which…

Forbes: Discover Your True North

For any leader at any level in any organization, clarity of purpose is a critical ingredient of success. In other words, you must know where you’re headed and why you’re headed there. A compass provides the ideal metaphor. Just as a compass points toward a magnetic field, your personal “true north” directs your path and…

CNBC: Tesla’s Real Problem Isn’t Its Shareholders

After a flurry of activity with bankers, investors and the Tesla board, Elon Musk announced last Friday that he had changed his mind and Tesla would continue to be a public company. Musk should stop worrying about beating the short sellers and focus entirely on rebuilding Tesla’s depleted leadership ranks. Tesla board needs to be…

CNBC: Tesla Needs Experienced Automobile Experts

Bill George, former Medtronic chairman and Harvard Business School professor, and CNBC’s Phil LeBeau joins the ‘Squawk on the Street’ team to discuss what Elon Musk and the Tesla board need to do to bring Tesla back. Tesla needs experienced automobile experts, says former Medtronic chairman from CNBC. This content was originally posted on CNBC.com…

CNBC: Be Like Jeff Bezos and Educate Shareholders to Not Care About Quarterly Profits: Expert

Bill George, former Medtronic CEO, and William Cohan, author of “Why Wall Street Matters,” debate whether it’s better for companies to report earnings twice or four times a year, after President Trump tweeted his support of biannual earnings.   Be like Jeff Bezos and educate shareholders to not care about quarterly profits: Expert from CNBC….