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Jack Welch and “the people game”

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I referred last time to an assertion of one of my business school professors, back in 1983, that we tend to focus on “hard” stuff in our schools of management. Only later, when we have years of experience as managers in organizations, do many of us come to the realization that the “soft” stuff—human behavior and people management—matters more. As he said: “In time, you’ll discover that it’s mostly a people game.”  As I was writing that post, I reflected on the many examples I have seen of this phenomenon—stories and quotes from CEOs or other top managers who seem to focus increasingly on the human side of their organizations as they advance … Continue reading

It’s a people game

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A few days before graduating from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983, I was sitting in a quiet corner of the student café with my classmate Jim Collins, ruminating over issues of life and future prospects. In walked Don Palmer, who had been our professor one year earlier in “Introduction to Organizational Behavior”. Don stopped for just a brief moment to chat, but long enough to make two remarks that I still remember, both of which have turned out to be accurate.  The first thing Don told us, half jokingly, was that we were two of the people from our class that he could least see as long-term participants … Continue reading

A great leader writes a new story: example

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One of my favorite Brazilian proverbs says “When we dream alone, it is just a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.”  My view of organizational storytelling is similar. When a leader has a vision for the future, it is only a vision. When the leader’s vision becomes a co-created story with the followers, it is the beginning of a new future.  If there is such a thing as a heroic leader, for me it is not someone who performs feats of bravado herself but rather someone who inspires others to share the dream, the vision of what we can accomplish together. Only when a new story of … Continue reading

The longterm impact of Steve Jobs?

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Much of my life for the past two decades has involved leaders and their personal and organizational storytelling. Consequently, one of my favorite quotes on leadership is from Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn: “A good leader brings results. A great leader writes a new story.” When I consider the achievements of Steve Jobs from this perspective, I wonder how history will judge his achievements at Apple.  It goes without saying that Jobs’ legacy will be that of a visionary who changed at least one industry, maybe even several. He was arguably more responsible than any other individual for shaping the way we interact with our electronic devices—personal computers, music players, cell phones, and perhaps soon … Continue reading

Heroes of modern leadership

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Every so often, probably a few times a year, I receive some sort of request to speak or write an article on a subject such as “heroes of modern leadership”. Coincidentally, this happened last week, just as I was preparing my post about Apple and the Hero Myth. Banco Galicia, an Argentine bank I work with, making speeches at their headquarters in Buenos Aires and writing for their website “Buenos Negocios”, proposed several topics for my next piece. One of them was about stories of heroism and leadership.  While I will certainly choose another theme from the list of suggested subjects for the article, their email did remind me once again how prevalent … Continue reading

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