Unexpected Leadership Lessons that Mobsters Can Teach Lawful Leaders

Leading Blog

We discovered through a rigorous analysis applying 70 years of Nobel-prize winning economics that Mobsters have leadership teams and structures that enable their success despite continuous efforts to disrupt them.

A Shift in Leadership Can Make a Multi-Million Dollar Impact

Strategy Driven

You would think that an Ivy League institution like Cornell University would be a model of the best practices of leadership throughout its organization since Cornell and most universities believe they are growing the next generation of leaders for our country and our world. While Cornell executive leadership can be exemplary, there were and still are times when units within this very large institution needed significant improvement.


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Are CEOs Overhyped and Overpaid?

Harvard Business

My focus was on peer-reviewed journal articles (academic papers) that included reliable measures of CEO attributes (e.g., I came up with three major conclusions from this literature review: CEOs Do Matter a Lot. Second, as a 20-year review from 1993 to 2012 showed, CEOs’ judgment affects key strategic and managerial processes , such as staffing, financing, and marketing decisions. Leadership Executive compensation Digital Article

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Are Business Schools Creating Higher-Ambition Leaders?

Harvard Business Review

Recently, my colleagues and I interviewed dozens of these higher-ambition CEOs , all of whom taught us a valuable lesson: integrity is at the heart of great leadership. Higher-ambition leaders are able to integrate multiple business disciplines (strategy, ethics, marketing, finance and so on) into a coherent, systemic approach for building a great company. For example, in finance courses students learn that profitability and return on assets is the measure of business success.