Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 3/13/18

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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 Boeing, Apple, Haier, Seven Dreamers Laboratories, and Land O’Lakes.

From Businessweek: Boeing Is Killing It by Squeezing Its Suppliers

“Under CEO Dennis Muilenburg, the industrial giant has turned unapologetically hard-nosed.”

From Robert Safian: Why Apple Is The World’s Most Innovative Company

“In this exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he explains the culture and approach that led to iPhone X, Air Pods, Apple Watch 3, and HomePod.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Zhang Ruimin: Why Haier Is Reorganizing Itself around the Internet of Things

“The world’s largest and fastest-growing home appliance company has always moved ahead of technological change. Now, as it enters a world of sensors and artificial intelligence, it is shifting the way it does business yet again.”

From Bobbie van der List: Can a Laundry-Folding Robot Improve Your Life?

“For Shin Sakane, CEO of Japan’s Seven Dreamers Laboratories, the key to innovation is satisfying unrecognized customer needs.”

From Tom Meersman: Diverse portfolio helps Land O’Lakes carve out record profit in lean times

“Diverse portfolio helps Arden Hills co-op carve out record earnings in a weak farm economy.”

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