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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

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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…

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…

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….

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,…

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…

U.S. Economic Outlook Under Coronavirus Hinges on Layoff Decisions

The U.S. economic outlook hangs in large part on whether business leaders respond to the new coronavirus crisis as they have with many past shocks: by laying off masses of American workers. So far they have largely avoided the tactic. But the pressure on companies to squeeze costs is building as consumers, governments and others pull back…

The U.S. President faces a triple threat of 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…

Goldman Sachs: Will Solomon’s Consumer Gamble Pay Off?

By Laura Noonan, Financial Times Goldman Sachs spent most of its first 130 years shrouded in the secrecy of a partnership structure. It jealously guarded that mystique for its first two decades as a listed company. But on Wednesday, David Solomon, who became chief executive in October 2018, will stand before a crush of shareholders,…

For Thanksgiving: A Practice Of Gratitude

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling worried? Wondering what could go wrong? Depressed about your life? For years I woke up with some worry that I had been ruminating about in my sleep or in those half-conscious hours before I was completely awake. Here is a practice I started several years ago…