Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 12/26/17

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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 Bob Platzer, Arturo Lomeli and Aron Ain, plus two collections of insights from CEOs.

From Jane Von Bergen: Creating a bully-free atmosphere at work starts at the top, CEO says

“But the ordinary unpleasantness many people face at work — rudeness, yelling, pressure — also takes its toll. And restaurants are notorious for that; it’s kind of a cultural imperative in the business. But, said Bob Platzer, 66, who started PJW Restaurant Group, it doesn’t have to be that way and change starts at the top. He points to himself as Exhibit A, how changing his attitude built a culture of workplace cooperation and employee retention.”

From Elliot Begoun: The luxury of leadership

“I was fascinated by the artistry of the bottle. It was handcrafted, made of ceramic and beautifully hand-painted. I knew this bottle of tequila would be an experience best reserved for a special occasion. After seeing the bottle, I decided to do some research on the company, Clase Azul, and what I learned was equally interesting.”

From Kevin Kruse: How To Create A Culture of Engagement, According To The CEO Of Kronos

“Aron Ain is the CEO of Kronos, a company that provides workforce management software. He joined right out of college in 1979, when there were just a few employees. And today, he leads the company, which has over 5,000 employees, does 1.3 billion dollars in revenue. Kronos has been named a best place to work by The Globe and Mail, The Boston Business Journal, the Boston Globe, The Montreal Gazette, and Great Place to Work. He’s personally one of the highest rated CEO’s on Glassdoor, and recently won the Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From John Kador: Some of the Greatest Motivational Quotes From CEOs This Year

“Here are some of our favorite quotes from CEOs in 2017. As we move into a new year, we look forward to continuing to be inspired by America’s and the world’s business leaders.”

From Wharton: From the Macro to the Personal: Lessons from Five Top Leaders

“In this opinion piece, Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett writes about critical advice he has received from other leaders – including former Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, former Chancellor of UCLA Albert Carnesale and Vanguard CEO William McNabb. ‘The five lessons I have sketched here have had a massive impact on how I try to lead every day,’ he writes. ‘I hope they will do the same for you.'”

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