Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 4/9/19

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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 Lisa Geroge, Linda Hasenfratz, Judy Marks, Kevin Sneader, and John Antioco.

From Arianna Stern: Lisa George Grows Leaders Skills at Shearer’s Snacks

“As the chief human resources officer at Shearer’s Foods, LLC. , Lisa George draws from her family background and diverse workplace experiences to help associates grow their careers.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Daniel Gross: The sum is greater than the auto parts

“Linamar is evolving from an automotive supplier into fields such as agricultural equipment and infrastructure. As CEO Linda Hasenfratz tells us, it’s all part of the 100-year plan.”

From Dan Bigman: Judy Marks Leads Otis Elevator On A Tech-Fueled Quest For Growth

“About 2 billion people around the globe touch Otis Elevator’s products each day—from the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower to the Burj Khalifa, and hundreds of thousands of mid-rises in between. But few riders ever think about the complicated mechanics hidden in the walls, nor do they fret about being vertically catapulted thousands of feet in mere seconds. They take it for granted that the product will work as it should, which is just how the company’s president, Judy Marks, wants it. ‘We love that people don’t think that they’re at risk when they use our product,’ she said.”

From Adam Lashinsky: McKinsey’s Global Boss Talks Controversy—and Transparency—With Fortune

“The leader of one the world’s most influential and secretive consultancies talks about how the firm plans to respond to a wave of criticism of its practices.”

From Greg Satell: It’s Not Enough To Drive Change, You Also Have To Survive Victory

“Still, not satisfied with playing catch-up, Antioco searched for model that would return his company to dominance. He found it in 2006 with the Total Access program. Within a few weeks of announcing the promotion, Blockbuster was winning the majority of new subscribers, outstripping Netflix for the first time. It was a textbook case of sound strategy and execution meeting a disruptive threat, but it would not end well.”

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

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