Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 5/15/18

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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 Ryan Marshall, Mary Barra, Val Brown, Tien Tzuo, and John Banovetz.

From Patrick Gorman: PulteGroup CEO Ryan Marshall Talks Leadership, Employee Engagement

“Ryan Marshall has been president and CEO of PulteGroup, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, since 2016, but his deep well of experience with the company has allowed him to hit the ground running as chief executive.”

From Wharton: How GM’s Mary Barra Drives Value

“Consult any movers-and-shakers’ list for the past several years and you’re likely to find GM CEO Mary Barra. She has been ranked among the world’s most powerful women by both Forbes and Fortune. She garnered a spot on Time’s cover in 2014 as among the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’ And this year she was ranked #11 of Fortune’s ‘The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,’ a list which included Bill and Melinda Gates, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the president of South Korea, the #MeToo movement, and the activist students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school.”

From Val Brown: My Mom With Alzheimer’s Needed Me. My Business Did, Too

“When my mother was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, in 2014, she was 86 and already at a late stage of her disease. I was hard at work running my brand marketing agency, and knew I’d need to scale things back in order to care for her. I trimmed my client list and planned for the company’s finances to tighten. But I could never have fully readied myself for the experience ahead.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Serena Lin: CEO of billion-dollar Zuora reveals a key management lesson he learned the hard way

“The 50-year-old co-founder and CEO tells CNBC Make It he’s learned the hard way that relationship building is key to effective leadership at a big company.”

From Dee DePass: 3M’s chief technology officer talks about company’s future in electric vehicles, China

“As 3M marches toward 2020 — after divesting from some high-profile businesses and acquiring behemoths such as Capital Safety and Scott Safety — Banovetz talked about future trends, products and growth opportunities for the Maplewood giant that boasts $31 billion in annual sales and factories, labs and businesses in 70 countries. His responses have been edited for clarity and space.”

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

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