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Thunderbird and the American Express Leadership Academy: Teaching Leadership, One NGO at a Time

Thunderbird and the American Express Leadership Academy: Teaching Leadership, One NGO at a Time

January 23, 2019

Every year, Thunderbird and American Express host the American Express Leadership Academy. The Academy takes emerging leaders from non-profit/non-governmental organizations and helps them become more effective leaders, allowing them not only to have an increased impact on their organization, but also to teach others how to be more effective leaders. Launched in 2009, the Academy has now served over 296 managers from nearly 100 organizations.read more

Larry Fink: Greed Was Good; Purpose Is Better

Larry Fink: Greed Was Good; Purpose Is Better

January 23, 2019

Larry Fink, founder and chief executive of the world’s largest money manager, is freaking out. His 2019 letter admonishing CEOs to start thinking beyond their bottom lines led Barron’s to call him “the new conscience of Wall Street.” But business bosses from Warren Buffett to Sam Zell pushed back hard. They don’t need Fink to tell them where to buy their indulgences, as Medieval kings used to do.read more

The 12 Biggest Business Stories of 2018

The 12 Biggest Business Stories of 2018

December 26, 2018

Chief Executive Magazine looks back over a tumultuous and disruptive year for business. The list of things that mattered the most starts with Trump, Bezos, and Musk, not surprisingly.read more

The Year’s 20 Best Books For Business Leaders

The Year’s 20 Best Books For Business Leaders

December 17, 2018

The list of the 20 best books published in 2018, guaranteed to amuse, inform, astound, and occasionally, annoy. As the title suggests, these 20 outstanding reads are not ‘how to’ books about business, but about the deeper things you need to know to deal with the fundamental challenges of our complex and volatile world.read more

The Les Moonves Show: Sex and The C Suite

The Les Moonves Show: Sex and The C Suite

December 10, 2018

If you ever get to Rome, the Trevi Fountain’s 86 foot peak is awe-inspiring, but no more so than Les Moonves’ shooting star as the maestro of television for over 30 years. At Lorimar and Warner Brothers and then at CBS, he greenlit everything from “Friends, “ER,” “CSI” to “Survivor.” During his CBS network tenure, his name was attached to six of the ten most watched shows on television. He had the Midas touch and Wall Street knew it.read more

Demystifying The Fall Of Carlos Ghosn

Demystifying The Fall Of Carlos Ghosn

December 3, 2018

His epitaph will read “rampant greed brought about an untimely end.” But that would be giving Ghosn too little credit.read more

J.Crew’s Pop-Up CEO Office

J.Crew’s Pop-Up CEO Office

December 1, 2018

When the board of J Crew decided the CEO wasn’t working out, it figured four heads might be better than one. For now.read more

Will China's Xi play Trump's Game

Will China’s Xi Play Trump’s Trade Game?

November 30, 2018

The key to Donald Trump’s trade war strategy comes from an expression used by “The Godfather’s” Michael Corleone: “My father taught me many things and the most important was to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” At the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires on Friday, November 30, President Trump will keep China’s Xi very close. The two superpower nations are trying to avert a tariff increase that might lead to a global trade war. Xi knows the eyes of the world are upon him. But Trump is feeling confident and not only because he has a great hand and plays with house money, but also that he knows something no one else seems to recognize.read more

Which Model of Business Consulting is Best Suited for Your Organization?

Which Model of Business Consulting is Best Suited for Your Organization?

November 13, 2018

When it comes to the topic of consulting, how much has changed? There are three primary models of business consulting: Expert, Doctor, and Process Consultation. Only one will leave your organization more capable of future self-development, more aware of its own operating system, more highly networked, and more oriented to a sense of ownership and accountability. When buying consulting advice, organization leaders must develop the skill of seeing clearly the implication of a consultant's principle model of helping. The benefit is that you will make more informed decisions about the type of help you invite into your organization and how to set your own expectations for change.read more

Convincing Top Candidates to Accept a Final Job Offer

Convincing Top Candidates to Accept a Final Job Offer

November 5, 2018

You’ve put everything out on the table and made a job offer to the right candidate. Is there anything you can do now to convince the candidate to accept the offer? The percentage of people who change jobs after two years or less, known as job-hopping, has increased by 22% in the past 4 years, largely due its favorability among Millennials who perceive it to benefit their careers. Yet, recruiters are still having a difficult time convincing a candidate to accept a job offer and join their organization.read more