Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 9/18/18

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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 Kristi Tange, Danny Muskat, Chad Dickerson, Steven L. Blue, and Jeff Bezos.

From GlassHammer: Voice of Experience: Kristi Tange, Co-Head of Enterprise Operations, London, Goldman Sachs

“Kristi Tange’s second day at Goldman Sachs’ New York office happened to coincide with a dinner party to celebrate her father’s birthday.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Barbara Schneider-Levy: This Shoe Executive Talks About Steering a Family Business and Mentors Along The Way

“Danny Muskat grew up in the shoe business his grandfather founded. However, even in his current role as SVP of strategic business development of Deer Stags Concepts, it continues to be a learning curve. Here, the executive talks about working with family, creating a strong company culture, and his greatest mentors along the way.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Lara Hogan: Advice for a new executive

“When I was getting ready to join Kickstarter as VP of Engineering, Chad Dickerson (who was the CEO of Etsy when I worked there) offered to send me a bunch of advice. Chad had been a CTO multiple times before being CEO; he knew that this executive-level role was brand new to me, so he offered to help give me a steer and a foundation as I walked into this totally new territory.”

From Patrick Gorman: Miller Ingenuity CEO Steven Blue On Taking Manufacturing From Rust Belt To High-Tech

“Steven L. Blue, CEO of locomotive and freight car parts manufacturer Miller Ingenuity, has plenty of experience in taking Rust Belt manufacturing operations into the modern age—he’s been doing it for decades now.”

From Marshall Cooper: Bezos Talks Space, Scheduling and the Importance of Good Sleep

“It’s not every day you get to see Jeff Bezos speak, but I was lucky enough to be on hand Thursday when the Amazon Founder and CEO addressed a packed house hosted by The Economic Club of Washington DC.”

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

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