Leadership Today

Really good conversation about leadership from Charlie Rose at the Harvard Business School with John Doerr, Jeffrey Immelt, James Wolfensohn, Meg Whitman, Anand Mahindra. My favorite bits come around the 31 minute mark when they start focusing more about the economic shift to Asia and the keys to leadership. Some of the concepts they talked about include:

    \* Spend what you earn. That doesn`t sound so anymore, eh?
    \* Educate people for a global world. The U.S. is still focused on the West.
    \* Don`t forget the liberal arts. Think.
    \* Ask people to help. People want to gather together, be involved, volunteer, help. Ask them.
    \* Build the following: a sound financial system, an energy policy, a health care system.
    \* Be accountable for results.
    \* Balance right brain and left brain thinking.
    \* Encourage a culture of acknowledging mistakes.
    \* Knowing is not nearly as important as learning.
    \* Expect unpredictability.
    \* Be willing to make decisions and stand by them.
    \* Communication.
    \* Transparency.
    \* Ideas are good, but execution is absolutely everything.
    \* Teams win.
    \* Character. You know it when you see it.

I`m extremely suspect of so-called experts and big names predicting the future nowadays, but this panel was a nice mix of sobering realism and inspiration with very little preaching. Just some people talking. Well worth a listen.
Comments:

Whitman? EBAY is at $15 today.

http://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=EBAY#symbol=EBAY;range=5y

Whomever takes advice from someone who drove EBAY into a tailspin gets what they deserve.

Posted by Gen Kanai on October 27, 2008 at 02:35 AM JST #

>\* Ask people to help. People want to gather together, be involved, volunteer, help. Ask them.

This is a big one for running a UG or any sort of community. There are usually a lot of people who would like to help but just don't know what needs to be done, or even that their help is welcome.

Posted by Edward Middleton on October 27, 2008 at 11:38 PM JST #

All very good points. This one caught my attention.
"Ideas are good, but execution is absolutely everything."
Sun is great at ideas, but our focus on execution is lousy...

Posted by guest on October 27, 2008 at 11:42 PM JST #

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