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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

True North and Long-term Leadership

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Bill George suggested in his book, True North, “Just as a compass points toward a magnetic field, your true north pulls you toward the purpose of your leadership. When you follow your internal compass, your leadership will be authentic, and people will naturally want to associate with you. Although others may guide or influence you, your truth is derived from your life story and only you can determine what it should be.”

It's no secret that I'm still a passionate fan of the Harvard Business Review and Bill George, the Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice. The video above is a lecture he gave for the Stanford Business School seven years ago.

Professor George’s goal has been to inspire a new generation of potential leaders to stop playing short-term market games, to start developing emotional intelligence (EQ), and to start building companies with integrity that understand the long-term mission and values of a company become far more financially and emotionally rewarding than questionable short-term profits.

He challenges his students to get clear on their passions and figure out how they are going to use their passions to positively impact the world and create value for society.

Authentic leaders are more interested in empowering the people they lead to make a difference than they are in power, money, or prestige for themselves. ~Bill George

Bill believes successful corporate leadership should always be based on serving customers, employees, and the world.

He certainly must have inspired Yvon Chouinard, the founder and chairman of the board of Patagonia, who announced yesterday that savings to environmental causes. This donation is in addition to their 1 percent for the planet campaign, which gives 1 percent of sales to environmental preservation and protection groups. This campaign has distributed more than $89 million to environmental groups since its inception in 1985.

An examined life adds an element of complexity to business that most folks don’t want to hear about. To do good, you actually have to do something.  ~Yvon Chouinard

Bill’s lecture on following one's true north seems appropriate for today’s Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

We hope you enjoy today's presentation.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff