By and About Leaders: 6/30/15

  |   By and About Leaders Print Friendly and PDF

I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in a real situation.

That’s why, every week, I bring you a selection of post about individual leaders. This week I’m pointing you to pieces by and about Alan Stanford, Jim Dolce, Jon Kaplan, Elizabeth Holmes, and Stephen Fay.

From Amy Lynch: 5 questions with Alan Stanford

“At age 74, entrepreneur Alan Stanford is still hard at work creating new business. After leading, launching and selling a handful of companies over the course of his career, Stanford recently emerged from a two-year ‘stealth’ development effort to unveil his newest startup”

From Adam Bryant: Jim Dolce of Lookout, on Achieving Breakthroughs in Small Bites

“The chief executive of a mobile security firm talks about the need for discipline and patience, even in a fast-based business.”

From McKinsey & Company: Learning from Google’s digital culture

“For traditional companies, making the transition to thinking and acting digitally is easier said than done. Yet digital natives must also continually work to maximize the advantages of digital technology. In this interview, Google’s vice president of US sales and operations, Jon Kaplan, tells McKinsey’s Barr Seitz how the company’s culture developed and how Google keeps pushing to retain its entrepreneurial spirit. An edited transcript of Kaplan’s remarks follows.”

From the Economist: Holmes is where the heart is

“At the age of 19 Ms Holmes had an idea about how to improve the way blood tests are done. So she dropped out of Stanford University, where she was studying chemical engineering, and with money that had been set aside for her college education she quietly founded Theranos, a diagnostics company.”

From David Berman: BMO’s Stephen Fay takes Bay Street to the tip of Labrador

“After a meeting in Labrador, he went fishing on a river near Voisey’s Bay with a colleague, an Inuit guide and the guide’s young son. While the bankers had top-of-the-line equipment, the local kid was using a busted rod and rusted red devil lure – a humble red-and-white spoon – with great success.”

Leave a Comment

What People Are Saying

There are no comments yet, why not be the first to leave a comment?