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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…

Couple Hopes $5 Million Mayo Clinic Donation Leads to Better Care for Women

By Jeff Kiger for the Post Bulletin Two longtime supporters of Mayo Clinic have donated $5 million to create a virtual center to comprehensively address women’s health. Bill and Penny George, along with their George Family Foundation, recently gave the $5 million, their largest single gift to Mayo Clinic, to launch the virtual Center for…

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….

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…

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…

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….