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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CEO Courage

This blog on Leadership, Change Management, and Personal Development is created out of my desire to spread, inspire, challenge, share, and, truth be told, to act upon my love for writing. And that took some courage, because now my writing is out there for everyone to see and judge – but that’s not the topic for this post.

With most of the articles on this blog being my own creations I am always happy to share other people’s beliefs, practices, wisdom, and perspectives. Today I want to quote Jeffrey Pfeffer who writes about courage – a topic I’ve touched upon in several earlier posts.
The best companies and the best leaders understand the real drivers of business success: a long-term perspective which focuses on customer and employee relationships as the sources of competitive advantage and an emphasis on values and ethics as guides to decision making. What separates these CEOs from the pack is not just a more sophisticated and empirically accurate understanding of individual behavior and the sources of organizational success but also the courage to implement these insights even when, or particularly when, they seem to defy conventional wisdom.”

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1979.
For Pfeffer’s full article see the Harvard Business Review Blog at http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/09/ceos_need_courage.html


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