Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007. He consults with major corporations and governments and lectures about management, leadership, strategy, economics and geopolitics. He is an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles. An American, Mills is also a member of the Innovation Council of Malaysia, a ministry level council chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mills has been interested in early stage businesses and as a director and investor has helped develop several firms. He has been a director of a publicly listed company, chairing its audit committee for several years. A thought leader, Mills has written books on leadership, geo-politics, investments, capital markets, business strategy, network organizations, demographics, marketing, empowerment, and union relations. His most recent book is Master of Illusions: Presidential Leadership, Strategic Independence and America’s Public Culture, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. The book explores America’s role in the world in the aftermath of the second Iraqi War.
Widely and often quoted as well as seen in the national media, Mills has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Business Week. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.
Question: What is something each of us should be doing that we're not?
D. Quinn Mills: How can I, in the people that are closes to me make a more significant contribution to our collective life, and in the United States the question ought to be how can we be a little less hypocritical, I forget to talk about the, if we talked about two things, peace in the world and improvement in the environment, then for goodness sake lets do something about the carbon emission, we really don’t have to have the cars in the way that we do and this is another enormous lost opportunity. Over the last 50 years, we could have built public transportation systems in the United States and avoided this whole crazy mess that we are in the now in the Middle East, but there is big piece of it is oil. So, I think that is the single most important thing, we could quit talk in about these things and start doing some serious. Now, they require a big sacrifice and basically as a society we are not prepare to do that.
Recorded on: 9/27/07