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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — By typical measures of success, Bill George had it all. There he was, in an executive job at Honeywell and sitting atop a short list of people being considered to become the U.S.-based international conglomerate’s next CEO. However, during that period back in the late 1980s he was miserable, [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Guy Kawasaki, a tech venture capitalist and author, who worked for Apple in the 1980s and 1990s, said he learned plenty from Steve Jobs, the company’s late co-founder and CEO.  At the top of the list: ignore self-appointed experts bearing bad business news — a group including social media [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Typically regarded as a common virtue, generosity can also be a sign of weakness for leaders, according to a new study.  The research finds that contributing to the public good influences a person’s status on two critical dimensions: prestige and dominance.  “People with high prestige are often regarded as [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — If you’ve ever opened the mail to find a preapproved credit offer with a low “teaser rate” interest and seamless transfer of balances from higher-cost cards, thank Richard Fairbank, cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of credit card giant Capital One.  The Stanford MBA ’81 pioneered these now-common products [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Mary Barra was about 10 when she first fell in love with a car. It was a red Chevy Camaro convertible, late-’60s vintage, driven by her older cousin. When Barra describes it, her brown eyes widen and her cheeks flush just a touch. “It was just a beautiful, beautiful vehicle,” she says [...]

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June 11, 2011 The following is a pre-written transcript of the commencement address given by Herb Allison at the 2011 Stanford Graduate School of Business graduation ceremony.  In the 40 years since Allison graduated from the GSB with an MBA in 1971, he has led a multifaceted career in the world of finance, in both [...]

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A few months after Kenneth Chenault assumed the CEO chair at American Express Co., the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks destroyed the Twin Towers, damaging the company’s headquarters across the street in lower Manhattan. Eleven American Express employees lost their lives, and dozens more lost family members, friends, and loved ones. The company, along with [...]

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“Barack Obama electrified the Democratic convention in 2004 with his speech and his oratory was a significant factor in his winning first the Democratic nomination and then the presidency. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of being too much about words. How ironic, then, that as I look back at Obama’s first year in [...]

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“Americans still believe in the power of leadership. If they have lost faith, it’s about the current crop of individuals in leadership roles that seem to be driving their disenchantment and dismay – not the idea that leaders can make a difference.” — Roderick Kramer, the William R. Kimball Professor of Organizational Behavior, in the [...]

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As founder of Capital One Financial Corp., Richard Fairbank revolutionized the credit card industry with teaser rates and zero-balance transfers. But in the beginning he recalls, he had “no money, no experience, and no ideas.” STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —As an MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Richard D. Fairbank, MBA ’81, [...]

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