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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

All I Know About Leadership From Coaching Soccer

Back in 1986 during my days of coaching youth soccer (1983-1995), I wrote these lessons to capture my thoughts on leadership. Later I used them in writing Authentic Leadership and True North. See if they apply to your leadership: All I Know About Leadership, I Learned from Soccer If you want a winning team, start…

Stakeholder Capitalism Is Here To Stay

If there is any positive consequence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the acceleration of the shift to stakeholder capitalism away from its singular emphasis on shareholders. Ever since Noble Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman declared in 1970 that the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits, a debate has raged between advocates of…

Fortune: The Coronavirus Crisis Has Accelerated The Shift To Stakeholder Capitalism

If there is any positive consequence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the acceleration of the shift to stakeholder capitalism away from companies’ singular emphasis on shareholders. Ever since Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman declared in 1970 that the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits, a debate has raged between advocates of shareholder primacy…

Becoming a Sage Podcast with Dr. Jann Freed

I recently had the opportunity to join Dr. Jann Freed’s podcast, Becoming a Sage. We discussed how we can all step up and lead during this global crisis, and the importance of leaving your legacy. You can listen to the full podcast here: http://leadingwithwisdom.net/2020/05/08/becoming-a-sage-bill-george/

Now FREE – LinkedIn Learning: Leading In Crisis

My new LinkedIn course on “Leading in Crisis” via LinkedIn Learning is now FREE! I hope you will use this crisis to sharpen your leadership skills and step up to lead – don’t wait to be asked. Crisis is the real test for every leader. How you lead needs to change now from Leading in…

MPR News: Former Medtronic CEO: ‘The Office Is Going To Change Dramatically’

The economic pain from COVID-19 spans businesses big and small, across industries — and it isn’t clear when it will let up. That makes for tough planning on the part of business owners and executives. MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with Bill George about how the corporate sector is weathering the pandemic — and…

From Coronavirus’s Front Lines: An Authentic American Hero

In wartime, Americans have celebrated our military warriors and veterans who have risked their lives to preserve our freedom. As the ravages of Coronavirus spread, today’s heroes are the front-line health care workers – the doctors, nurses, orderlies, technicians – who risk their lives every day to save ours. Yesterday I spoke with Dr. Saquib…

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Our Work and Lives Forever

Each day we are learning ways to adapt to the new “Working from Home” reality as we self-isolate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As people speculate on how long this shutdown will last and when will we return to our normal lives at work, the reality is that this may never happen. Once the…

An Easter Message of Hope in the midst of Pandemic

The joys of Easter with the empty tomb remind us that no matter how dark the days were – and they were truly dark on Good Friday – that there is always hope for a new beginning. These are indeed sad and very difficult times for so many people who are suffering from COVID-19, locked…

The Deeper Meaning of Coronavirus

As the Jewish people celebrate Passover this week, and Christians reexperience the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday, people throughout the world are suffering from Coronavirus.  This is a good time to reflect on what we can learn from these experiences, and how we can learn new ways of living and working….

Fortune: The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing Work Forever

Each day we are learning ways to adapt to working from home as we social distance and self-quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in the U.S., while many speculate on how long this shutdown will last and when we will return to normal work lives, the reality is that this crisis is permanently…

The Mindfulness Movement

Feeling stress this holiday weekend? Seeking calm? Here is a great opportunity: “The Mindfulness Movement” is a fantastic documentary about mindfulness meditation, featuring Deepak Chopra, Dan Goldman, Jon-Kabat Zinn, Richard Davidson & many more leaders. Watch here: https://themindfulnessmovement.com/

Webinar: Leading in the COVID-19 Crisis

We are in the greatest crisis of our lifetimes- Now is the time for authentic leaders to inspire their organizations to help the world through the COVID-19 crisis. Join Leadership expert, Bill George Thursday, April 16th at 1pm PT/3pm CT for a complimentary hour discussion on how to step up and meet today’s challenges and…

To Beat COVID-19, President Trump Should Issue National “Shelter in Place” Order

Each day the COVID-19 crisis worsens in the United States. Cases in the last three days have doubled. The number of deaths has also doubled. Yet we still grossly undercount the number of cases because we only test the sickest people. The curves tracking the spread of the disease and death rates all race upward….

Leading In Crisis

The current economic crisis is providing significant challenges for leaders throughout the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Their ability to lead in a crisis will be sorely tested and will often determine whether their institutions fail or survive the crisis. The best leaders are those who are wise enough to use crises like these to…

5 Tips For Practicing Self-Care During COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads across America and around the world, public health experts predict that a large % of us will be exposed to it. To enable yourself to heal, you must strengthen your immune system. Here are 5 ways of Self-Care that you can practice every day: Eat a healthy diet, lots of vegetables &…

HBSWK: These Coronavirus Heroes Show Us How Crisis Leadership Works

Now is the time for leaders to inspire their organizations to help the world through the COVID-19 crisis. Bill George has a list of authentic leaders who are up to the challenge. We are in the greatest crisis of our lifetimes—even worse than 9/11 and the 2008-09 financial meltdown that triggered the Great Recession. This crisis is…

The Next Great Recession Has Already Begun

Remember the 2008 financial crisis? Well, the next Great Recession began this past week, as the U.S. virtually shut down its economy to prevent further spread of COVID-19. First, the NBA suspended its season, followed in rapid succession by the NHL, the MLS, the MLB, and most recently, the PGA’s cancellation of the 2020 Masters golf tournament. Then Broadway…

US President Faces A Triple Threat of Leadership Crises

President Donald Trump and his administration now face three major crises occurring simultaneously. First, there’s the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., with over 1,000 cases and 38 deaths reported. Then there’s the oil price war that’s led to a drop in crude oil prices (down to $31.13 per barrel). And finally, there’s the growing…

Podcast: Leading With Purpose With Nick Craig

I am honored to be the inaugural interview of my good friend Nick Craig’s new Podcast – “Leading From Purpose.” You can watch the video version here or listen to the audio version on Spotify here. We discuss the impact of Authentic Leadership in times of crisis – much like the world is facing today. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqdSiTcHJBHlSl7zjjfgdsg Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/39bkzZEmBDHH5MLt0dI3vc

Fortune: Inside Xerox’s Audacious Quest To Buy Much Bigger Rival HP

John Visentin is speaking with the simmering impatience of someone who’s 100% sure his opponents are 100% wrong. “They want to block us with a poison pill, telling their investors they aren’t bright enough to make up their own minds,” he fumes. “That really annoys me!” The “they” here is HP Inc. And Visentin, CEO of venerable printer-maker Xerox Holdings,…