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 Chary Wright, Susan Nethero, Ted Lynch, and Darius Adamczyk.
“Chary Wright knows that for bigger women, shopping for clothes can be rough. Until a few years ago, some mainstream retailers didn’t carry anything larger than a size 12. Stores that did might have stocked only one or two pieces. Or maybe they had plenty but just put out the extra smalls, smalls, and mediums, requiring anyone who needed a different size to ask an always-slender saleswoman, a living, breathing reminder that fashion is for thin people. Wright has spent 18 years making shopping fun for plus-size women. At an Ashley Stewart in a New Jersey shopping plaza, she sells clothes in sizes 12 to 26. She listens to customers who sometimes feel bad about their bodies and, like many women who work in Ashley Stewart Inc.’s shops, plays the role of stylish sister-friend.”
Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story
“Susan Nethero is a managing director of angel investment firm Golden Seeds, co-founder and co-CEO of private investment firm Nethero Management Company, and founder and former CEO and board chair of Intimacy Management Company. Having begun her career as a corporate marketing executive with several Fortune 500 Companies, Nethero went on to establish and grow Intimacy into a $38 million, 18-store specialty lingerie chain in major markets nationwide, in large part due to innovative marketing, which made bra-fitting a central part of the buying experience.”
From Rick Romell: Amazon workers fill Milwaukee shoppers’ needs — from potato chips to ugly Christmas sweaters — with two-hour delivery
“Among the most popular items requested by Milwaukee-area customers of Amazon’s Prime Now — the online retail giant’s service that delivers orders at no charge in two hours and, for a fee, in one — are potato chips. When you need a salty snack, minutes count.”
“Southland Industries CEO Ted Lynch brings a unique perspective to the job, having started out with the engineering and contracting company as an intern and working his way up to the top.”
“Rolling out a smarter approach to software, for starters, is one benefit of having a guy with two computer engineering degrees as your CEO.”