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Leaders Talk Leadership: Top Executives Speak Their Minds
Edited by Meredith D. Ashby and Stephen A. Miles
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Format: Hardcover, 176pp.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: September 2002
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How do leaders lead in times of crisis or instability? What gives companies competitive advantage? How do companies identify, attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest? These are some of the questions that Heidrick & Struggles’ Business Analysts Meredith D. Ashby and Stephen A. Miles sought to answer as they conducted interviews with hundreds of CEOs, senior managers, corporate leaders, financiers, academics, and management and leadership experts.
A who’s who of the global economy, Leaders Talk Leadership is the result of their unprecedented efforts. This compendium of leadership perspectives, the first-ever to be in first-person, profiles the strategies of the men and women who have proven their credentials as leaders time and again.
In these pages, such business luminaries as A.G. Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Steven Kerr of Goldman Sachs, Michael Dell of Dell Computer, Ken Chenault of American Express, Steve Reinemund of PepsiCo, Ken Lewis of Bank of America, Fred Smith of FedEx, Hank McKinnell of Pfizer, David S. Pottruck of Charles Schwab, and Heinrich von Pierer of Siemens discuss how companies can best transform themselves and keep their edge in an ever-shifting marketplace.
As these corporate leaders make clear, the world’s most respected, value-driven companies derive an ever-increasing part of their valuations from the collective power of their intangible assets: brands, partners, intellectual property, and people. An overarching theme that emerges again and again is that the greatest single asset of any organization is its human capital, the people with a vested interest in the business, to whom the business must in turn show a similar commitment in order to remain competitive.
In boom times or busts, in calm or calamity, creative leadership is the foundation of all great companies. Tapping into the collective wisdom of an unparalleled group of highly accomplished leaders, and distilling this wisdom into succinct essays, Leaders Talk Leadership should be required reading for managers at every level.
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About the Author
Meredith D. Ashby and Stephen A. Miles are business analysts at the preeminent executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Together they work with the firm’s Board Services group to identify, create, and deliver cutting-edge thought leadership on topics such as governance and human capital to clients worldwide. They have had various articles in BusinessWeek magazine on leadership and created a centerpiece journal on human capital issues for the World Economic Forum’s 31st annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. In addition, Ashby is a business development specialist supporting the Board Services group, and Miles is involved in the firm’s Executive Assessment practice.
Table of Contents
|Foreword: Leading in the New Century: Storm Clouds and Silver Linings on the Horizon
Jay A. Conger, Professor of Organizational Behavior, London Business School ||xvii|
|Introduction: Factors affecting leadership and human capital management
Stephen A. Miles and Meredith D. Ashby, Business Analysts, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.||3|
John T. Thompson|
Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company
Author and Leadership Expert
Frederick W. Smith
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Corporation
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Orbitz
Director General, WWF International
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer
Gerard R. Roche
Senior Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
Gregory J. Owens
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manugistics Group, Inc.
Principal Personnel Executive, Bank of America Corporation
Senior Vice President and Group Executive, Storage Systems Group, IBM Corporation
John P. Kotter
Retired Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School
David S. Pottruck
President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Charles Schwab Corporation
|2||Managing Human Capital|
Business Consultant and Author
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.
Kenneth D. Lewis
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Corporation
Eugene V. Polistuk
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Celestica, Inc.
Stephen L. Baum
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sempra Energy
Chief Learning Officer, Goldman Sachs
Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, BEA Systems
Professor of Management, McGill University
Heinrich von Pierer
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG
Thomas Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pearl Meyer & Partners
|3||Establishing Competitive Advantage in Today’s Market Environment|
Chairman, Bain & Company
McCormick Tribune Professor of Electronic Commerce and Technology, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
President and Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble Company
Vice President, Staffing and Executive Development, PepsiCo, Inc.
Donald H. Morrison
Chief Operating Officer, Research in Motion Ltd.
William A. Haseltine
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Post World Net
President and Chief Executive Officer, China Netcom Corporation
|4||Strategic Change and Transformation|
Elspeth Murray and Peter Richardson|
Professors of Strategic Management, School of Business, Queen’s University
Chairman and Former Chief Executive Officer, Cap Gemini SA
General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Conseco, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer, PeopleSoft, Inc.
Lawrence A. Weinbach
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Unisys Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer, PBS Corporation
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dell Computer Corporation
|5||The Stakeholder’s View|
J. Stuart Francis|
Managing Director and Head of Global Technology Investment Banking, Lehman Brothers
Dana Beth Ardi
Human Capital Partner, JPMorgan Partners
William D. Crist
President and Chairman of the Board of Administration, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration
Managing General Partner, Celtic House International
David M. Rubenstein
Co-Founder, Managing Director and Partner, Carlyle Group LP
John H. Biggs
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF)
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Onex Corporation
James Breyer, Bruce Golden, and Eli Cohen
Partners, Accel Partners
B. Kenneth West
Chairman, National Association of Corporate Directors and Senior Consultant for Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF
Professor of Strategic Management, School of Business, Queen’s University
|Epilogue: Optimizing Human Capital with a "People Operating System" Approach Jay A. Conger, Stephen A. Miles and Meredith D. Ashby||209|
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