Re: How do we make the most of globalization?
Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he recently published True North Groups.
Mr. George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mr. George currently serves as director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Mayo Clinic and also served on the board of Novartis and Target Corporation. He is currently a trustee of the World Economic Forum USA and Guthrie Theater and a former Trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has served as board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS; "Executive of the Year-2001" by the Academy of Management; and "Director of the Year-2001-02" by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio and his articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous publications.
Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Bryant University, and University of St. Thomas. During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management.
He and his wife Penny reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bill George: If you look at the rapid growth of people in the Muslim faith; look at the rapid growth of the Asian and African populations and the difficulties many of those societies face; and what are we in the developed . . . the so called “developed” nations of the world doing about that? We seem to be rather complacent, rather concerned with our own wealth, our own good, our own wealth. That’s certainly true of the United States. It’s equally true in Europe. A great nation like Japan is not doing nearly as much as it could. And I think there needs to become the idea of the global citizen, the global leader; the global citizen that’s comfortable operating in any environment, whether they’re in business, in government, in non-profit organizations; but they’re really concerned about the global problems of the world. Because if there is . . . If the Chinese are putting out dirty coal to produce electricity to run their planes, that coal comes in . . . that pollution comes into the United States. If we run out of energy and no one’s replacing that, that’s a problem that affects all of us. And so we need to address those. There’s no way we can address problems of global warming unless people come together as one to address them. There’s no way we can address problems of, say, AIDS in Africa unless we come together as one body to address those.
Recorded on: Jul 7 2007
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