French President Hollande’s Great Leadership Reversal

Hollande is at the center of global debates on terrorism, climate change, and economic policy, making him the world’s most instructive case study on leadership. When a leader reverses positions diametrically, is he or she responding wisely to new circumstances, or weakly abandoning principles under pressure, or cynically triangulating among political forces? Those eternal questions…

Pfizer’s CEO Isn’t a Hero or a Villain

In a world of simple economics, the Pfizer-Allergan merger wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. Of course, the world isn’t that simple. Pfizer CEO Ian Read has become either a hero or a villain. He acknowledges readily that his giant deal to merge with Irish-domiciled Allergan AGN is meant mostly to reduce his company’s taxes by billions…

Grading Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo Turnaround Attempts

Envisioning any kind of long-term future for Yahoo is growing increasingly hard. Marissa Mayer’s three-year effort to turn around Yahoo has been a major-league leadership saga, as it was destined to be. Events of the past few days suggest – but don’t yet dictate – that the saga is in its final chapters. Yahoo YHOO…

Do Successful CEOs Sleep Less Than Everyone Else?

Inadequate sleep is more harmful than most of us realize. Is Donald Trump superhuman? Or is he depressed, cranky, and making poor judgments? Or is he fibbing? The issue arises because in last week’s Republican debate he mentioned that he sleeps just three to four hours a night. He’s been saying this for years. The…

Parisians Defy Fear After the Attacks

Across Paris, people with nothing in common ignored prudent advice and did what they knew to be right. That’s what leaders do. Patrick Pelloux is an emergency room doctor who for years has written articles for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. He was near its office in January when terrorists attacked it. He rushed to…

The Best Advice From Fortune Global Forum 2015

  Top CEOs and VCs on how to survive disruption, lead better, and stop being ‘so damned depressed.’ If you bring together founders of the digital companies that are reshaping the world economy and the corporate aristocracy that has dominated commerce for decades, will they have anything to talk about? Turns out they’re ravenous to…

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Simple Lesson for Myanmar, and The Rest of the World

Authenticity—the willingness to live the right message at any cost—is the true power of leadership. The astounding apparent results of the Myanmar elections are a dramatic chapter in one of the great leadership stories of the past 30 years, but only a chapter; this story is far from over. The story’s theme is that crafting…

This is What CEOs Are Worrying About the Most

Call it the “Uber Syndrome.” New research released today sheds light on the big themes of this week’s Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. The research answers two central questions: What worries today’s business leaders most? And how are the most successful leaders responding? The answer to question No. 1 is clear: What worries business…

Life is Hard for Spins-offs. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

Redpoint Ventures VC Geoff Yang says there’s an upside to insecurity. One reason corporate spin-offs work is that they make life hard for the spun-off business. That insight comes from Geoff Yang, a partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures, speaking at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. And it makes…