Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 3/6/18

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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 Ken Meyers, John Suh, Satya Nadella, Steve Greenbaum, and Julia Hartz.

From David Grossman: Someone to Know: Hill-Rom Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Ken Meyers

“This year, I’m starting a series that focuses on some of the smartest, kindest and most talented people I’m fortunate to work with and know. In every interaction with them, there’s much wisdom that they share, and they do it in a way that makes one appreciative and grateful. Here’s the first in our series of people I think you’d want to know!”

From Nick Douglas: I’m LegalZoom CEO John Suh, and This Is How I Work

“For 16 years, LegalZoom has filled in the gap between free internet advice and hiring a lawyer; its services have become standard for many small businesses, entrepreneurs, and solo contractors and freelancers. For the last 13 years, John Suh has led the company as Executive Chairman and CEO. We talked to him about how he runs the company and handles his own work.”

From Heleo: Microsoft’s CEO on the Power of Being a Learn-It-All

“Satya Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft and the bestselling author of Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone. Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist, the top-rated professor at Wharton, and the #1 bestselling author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. The two recently sat down to discuss the soul of Microsoft, the future of work, and why learn-it-all’s beat know-it-all’s every time.”

From Patrick Gorman: Q&A: ComForCare CEO Steve Greenbaum

“For Steve Greenbaum, new CEO of in-home care provider ComForCare, the challenges of running a franchise organization are not new—as founder and former CEO of PostNet, he developed a thriving 660-unit global printing and marketing services franchise operation.”

From Darrah Brustein: Eventbrite CEO On The Transformative Power of Human Connection And Why Self-Doubt Is A Waste Of Time

“Hartz has helped drive the company from an idea to a leading global event technology platform that powers millions of events around the world each year. Since the company’s founding in 2006, Eventbrite has generated more than $10 billion in cumulative gross ticket sales, and, in 2017 alone, processes more than three million tickets per week to events and live experiences around the globe. How did she do it? What can you learn from her experiences”

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