Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 11/20/18

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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 Jen Grogono, IBM, Wade Foster, and Amazon.

From Gabriel Perna: uStudio CEO Jen Grogono On Solving Complex Problems

“Grogono jokes that when no one else wanted the job, she volunteered to be the company’s CEO. But in reality, she knew that the concept of uStudio was going to involve a lot of problem solving and that’s where she excels.”

From the Economist: Big Blue’s takeover of Red Hat could produce an über-cloud

“BIG BLUE is donning red headgear. Even a few months ago the idea that IBM, a venerable corporate IT firm, would buy Red Hat, the biggest vendor of open-source software, would have been considered highly unlikely, not least because of IBM’s aversion to big mergers. But on October 28th IBM announced that it would take over the firm for $34bn, which represented a 63% premium over Red Hat’s closing share price at the end of the previous week.”

From Patrick Gorman: Zapier CEO Wade Foster On Managing A 100% Remote Workforce

“Wade Foster, CEO of workflow automation app developer Zapier, has taken an unconventional approach toward growing his organization. Zapier has grown from a three-person operation based in Missouri to a team of 180 employees across 17 countries and 25 states that works entirely remotely.”

From Aaron Cheris, Darrell Rigby and Suzanne Tager: Is Amazon Primed to Conquer Christmas Again?

“We look at the tactics the retail giant is using to expand its market share this holiday season and how other retailers can compete.”

For some ideas about how to get more from this series of posts, check out “Studying Leaders in the Wild.

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