Bill George on Finding Your True North

An invitation to get tactical and align your business leadership path with a moral compass.

Date: October 17, 2008

By: Bill George

Podcast #: 08-42


Price: Free


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As former President and CEO of Medtronic, now a professor at Harvard, Bill George has paved his own path to success. If you ask him what's his secret, he'll tell you its about "finding your True North" which also happens to be the title of his new book. A companion guide to his best seller True North, Finding Your True North offers methods for personal reflection and includes targeted exercises that help leaders hone in on the purpose of their leadership and the development of their authentic leadership skills. Bill George is Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he is teaching leadership and leadership development along with several executive education programs. His previous two books, True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership and Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, were also best-sellers.

About the Author(s)

Bill George currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and Novartis, as well as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and World Economic Forum USA.

During 2002-2003, Mr. George was Professor of Leadership and Governance at IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland and Executive-in-Residence at Yale University's School of Management. Prior to joining Medtronic, he spent ten years as a senior executive with Honeywell and ten years with Litton Industries, primarily as president of Litton Microwave Cooking.

Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, and his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has received a honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Bryant University. George was named Executive-of-the-Year by the Academy of Management (2001) and Director-of-the-Year by NACD (2001-02). In 2002 George was selected as one of "The 25 Most Influential Business People of the Last 25 Years" by PBS Nightly News.


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