Global stock market plunge: How leaders should respond

What counts is showing fearlessness, regardless of whether you’re actually afraid. As markets plunge around the world, how should leaders respond? Let’s assume you’re leading not a nation or a central bank – you can’t control the economy – but rather are leading pretty much anything else. For a model of how to react, I…

For GE, breaking up is hard to do

The company is radically streamlining itself. But are the changes radical enough? When Jeff Immelt made the biggest announcement in his 14 years as General Electric’s CEO this past April, he did it the same way he handles ordinary news, in an 8:30 a.m. conference call with Wall Street analysts. But this time the revelation…

Donald Trump’s tragic flaw

  Trump may be doing something no leader should ever do: letting adulation wreck his judgment. Is Donald Trump campaigning his way into business trouble? NBC, apparently not content with having cut all ties to Trump in June after his comments about Mexican immigrants, fired him again on Thursday when NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt…

Google’s leadership moonshot

  Only a tiny fraction of entrepreneurs achieve great success, and only a tiny fraction of those make the leap from visionary founder to corporate CEO. Monday’s Google news highlighted an extremely rare breed of leader: Hyper-successful entrepreneurs who continue to manage their companies as massive global institutions. Only a tiny fraction of entrepreneurs achieve…

Republican debate: Would you follow any of these leaders?

Amid the staggering volume of analysis of Thursday’s GOP debate, it helps to remember that these candidates are competing for the biggest leadership job in the world. Amid the staggering volume of analysis of 200 minutes of debating among 17 assorted Republicans yesterday, it helps to keep a few fundamentals in mind. One, these candidates…

What all business leaders need now? Fearless imagination.

Virtually every company today is, in some part, a tech company. And being the leader of a tech enterprise doesn’t demand deep tech skills. It demands openness to new possibilities. I started hearing it years ago: “We’re actually a technology company with [fill in the blank],” CEOs of every kind of business were saying. “We’re…