Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 8/29/17

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Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw your own conclusions. The posts in this series will help you.

Every week I’ll point you to articles by and about real leaders in real situations and to articles about how real companies are faring in the marketplace. Read them. Think about them. Draw your own lessons and conclusions from them. Then try to apply those lessons in your own real life.

This week I’m pointing you to articles about GE, Sheryl Sandberg, S&P Global, Best Buy, and Aston Martin.

From Bharat KapoorKevin NolanNatarajan (Venkat) Venkatakrishnan: How GE Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Appliances

“Midway through 2014, GE Appliances launched FirstBuild — a GE-equipped innovation lab and micro-factory — to augment the strengths of a long-established company with those of an entrepreneurial startup. Separation is the key. As a free-standing enterprise operating under its own brand, FirstBuild is decidedly not another attempt to transform a traditional company’s corporate culture.”

From Theodore Kinni: Sheryl Sandberg: Develop Your Voice, Not Your Brand

“Today Sheryl Sandberg is known as a leading Silicon Valley executive and a champion of working women. But when she arrived in California in 2001, after a five-year stint at the U.S. Treasury, she wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms.”

From John Berisford and Jack Callahan: Finance and HR: The Executive Partnership That Transformed a Company

“Six years ago, two executives new to their jobs led the strategic transition that remade McGraw-Hill into S&P Global.”

From the LA Times: Why the grim reaper of retail hasn’t come to claim Best Buy

“Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com and other online sellers.”

From Eileen Falkenberg-Hull: Aston Martin President Laura Schwab talks about what’s ahead for the 104-year old startup

“Aston Martin’s President of the Americas, Laura Schwab, calls the company a 104-year old startup. That’s perhaps fitting for someone who started her automotive career on the digital side of the industry. It’s also a nod to the future of the automaker as they lean heavily on name recognition and heritage to expand their footprint in the ultra-luxury marketplace after years of turmoil.”

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