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You Can Turn Ordinary Into Extraordinary

July 20, 2017

How humble upbringing and a freak accident inspired Olympian Michael Phelps and SAP CEO Bill McDermott to do great things. On July 24, I will emcee SAP’s inaugural The Winning Move, an intimate conversation between Bill McDermott and Olympic champion Michael Phelps at Arizona State University in... read more

Leadership Lessons of General David Petraeus

July 10, 2017

In our interview, the highly decorated general opened up about Obama, loneliness of command, the challenges of being a 4 star in a volatile world. In a wide ranging, candid interview with America’s most decorated war hero, General David Petraeus , we discussed the unfathomable pressures he faced in... read more

What Made Apple So Creative?

July 6, 2017

Steve Jobs inspired creativity by keeping critics away Any sufficiently advanced technology at the time of inception is indistinguishable from magic. — Arthur C. Clark Steve Jobs didn’t invent the art of corporate creativity, he perfected it. For someone who was notorious for his lousy people... read more

Former CEO Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber Technologies

Uber Has a Long Road ahead Thanks to the Board of Directors

June 30, 2017

Former CEO Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber Technologies The venture capitalists at Benchmark turned a public relations mess into a succession nightmare. Did they do the right thing? Welcome to 2017. Thanks to social media, the modern chief executive has to perform a tight rope walk, miming Tony... read more

Startup Wisdom from Teenager

Startup Wisdom From a Teenager

June 27, 2017

If we can bottle the drive of this young man, most of the world’s problems would disappear. The Moziah has arrived. Ever wonder what generation comes after millennials? We hope it is Mozennials. By age 4, little Moses Bridges had a five-year plan and a goal. It surpassed anything you could get at... read more

Amazon Whole Foods

The House of Amazon Is Going Organic

June 27, 2017

Jeff Bezos acquired Whole Foods because he wants to be a bigger part of your life — so he’s taking over your kitchen. Amazon + Whole Foods = ? “The answer to this question begins with a number.” — Jeff Bezos Let’s review the bidding. Jeff Bezos is a brilliant Princeton engineer and the second... read more

The Three E’s of Leadership: Enlightened, Ethical, Energized

June 23, 2017

Interview with Richard C. Adkerson: CEO of Freeport McMoRan I asked Adkerson, “where do you draw the line between profits and needs of indigenous people?” He answered, “Jeff, there is no line.” I have always wondered how global chief executives deal with the inexorable challenges they face every... read more

What Was The Uber Board Thinking?

June 23, 2017

When companies go wobbly, the board wants everyone to think business as usual. That’s how you can tell it’s not. When you see a board of directors act like Uber’s, it means one thing. Get ready for change. The one job you don’t want right now is being a board director of Uber In discussing company’... read more

The 61st Patient and The Value of Experience Over Credentials

June 23, 2017

After a doctor performs a procedure for the 60th time, we see better outcomes. Should we be thinking about how we groom CEOs? A man with a gunshot wound to his chest traveling in the back of an ambulance at 90 mph has one decision to make. Should he go to the local community hospital with extensive... read more

The Best Books For Beating Business Disruption

June 8, 2017

Bonus Question: When Wall Street Vanishes, Is OWS Out Of A Job? “The human being is best at interpreting all new information so that prior conclusions remain intact.” — Warren Buffett Are You (Still) Loving It? Researchers at Oxford and Yale discovered 50% of all jobs will be automated by... read more