Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 5/8/18

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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 David Solomon, Charlie Wonderlic, Julie Sweet, Ginni Rometty, and Jorge Paulo Lemann.

From Jennifer Ablan: Goldman CEO’s deputy can’t stop, won’t stop spinning records

“David Solomon, soon to be the sole No. 2 to Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, still finds time to pursue a beloved hobby: spinning records at big-city nightclubs under the handle DJ D-Sol.”

From Patrick Gorman: Q&A: Wonderlic President & CEO Charlie Wonderlic On Evaluating Talent

“Football fanatics know the name Wonderlic because NFL teams use the company’s tests to gauge the aptitude of potential prospects, but the business world knows that Wonderlic has been providing a variety of personnel tests for different industries for decades.”

From Haley Draznin: Accenture CEO: We seek total gender equality by 2025

“As CEO of Accenture North America, Julie Sweet wants to accomplish what most other executives at major companies have not: Making sure men and women are represented equally in the company’s ranks.”

From Chana R. Schoenberger: Ginni Rometty: How Purpose Helps Innovation

“The IBM CEO explains why tech needs to do things that matter.”

From Antoine Gara: Jorge Paulo Lemann Says Era Of Disruption In Consumer Brands Caught 3G Capital By Surprise

“Often when dealmakers and corporate chieftains offer their insights at major conferences, all one hears is jargon and slogans. That was not the case when billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, co-founder of 3G Capital, joined Wells Fargo’s Tim Sloan, Accenture’s Julie Sweet and Principal Global Investors CEO Jim McCaughan at the 2018 Milken Institute Global Conference to confront ‘an age of disruption.'”

Wally’s Comment: Lemann is one of the most fascinating business leaders that no one knows about. You can learn about him and the empire he helped create from DREAM BIG: How the Brazilian Trio behind 3G Capital – Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Beto Sicupira – acquired Anheuser-Busch, Burger King and Heinz by Cristiane Correa

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