What are the big issues?
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 are the big issues?
D. Quinn M ills: I read the newspaper and watch the news a great deal, and I'm looking for certain things. I'm looking one to keep myself in formed as to what is going on. Secondly, I am looking for what are the major trends and developments that are going on, I never read or listen except critically. One of the great weaknesses of American education and I think education in most of the world today is we don’t train people to be critical in their thinking. If they read something, they accept it--most of them do--they do not think through it and think about, “is this accurate, why did this persons say this,” but that's not consistent with what I just looked at yesterday or what this person said before. So I always read critically and when I am looking for a major trends and significant in consistencies, because, where there are consistencies, that tells me that there going to be problems.
Recorded on: 9/27/07
Mills never reads or listens except critically.
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