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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

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America Needs a Health Care System

America Needs a Health Care System, Not a Sick Care System The headlines with bad news for Americans about our health care system never seem to abate: “Health care costs hit record high.” “Health outcomes decline again.” “A record 45 million Americans lack health insurance.” A recent study published in the prestigious New England Journal…

Becoming an Authentic Leader

Becoming an Authentic Leader Bryant University Commencement Address Smithfield, RI – May 21, 2005 To the Bryant University Graduates, Faculty, Administration, and Family Members: I am deeply honored to be here today, to receive the honorary doctor’s degree from Bryant University, and to have the privilege of delivering this commencement address to you.  I am…

Good Governance Creates Lasting Value

A Call for Authentic Leadership: Reflections of a former CEO CEO Magazine – December 2003 An open letter to my fellow CEOs: I write this letter with all due humility, recognizing that I’ve been out of the CEO’s chair for more than two years and knowing just how much the job has changed in that…

The Spirituality of Authentic Leadership

Finding Your True North: The Spirituality of Authentic Leaders Address by Bill George Professor, Harvard Business School Francis Greenwood Peabody Lecture At The Memorial Church, Harvard University Friday, April 13, 2007 It is a privilege to have the opportunity to give the Francis Greenwood Peabody Lecture here at the Harvard Memorial Church. My sincere thanks…

Crisis and Corporate Ethics: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Crisis in Corporate Ethics: Where Have All the Leaders Gone? An Address by Bill George former Chair & CEO, Medtronic Westminster Town Hall Forum February 13, 2003 Introduction Last week’s tragic loss of the Columbia brought back vivid memories of my teenage years when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik. Not long thereafter, the United States…