2/19/13: By and About Leaders

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn't studying "leadership" at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in a real situation.

That's why, every week, I bring you a selection of post about individual leaders. This week I'm pointing you to posts by and about Bert Quintana, Delphine Arnault, John Mackey, Patrick Salyer, Daniel Hendrix, Andrew Meieran, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Ken Powell.

From the NY Times: Bert Quintana of Sitel, on Making Career Choices
"Bert Quintana is the president and C.E.O. of Sitel, a call center and telemarketing company based in Nashville."

From the Wall Street Journal: The Arnault Legacy
"With the house of Dior in the hands of a designer she championed and a newborn baby at home, the daughter of LVMH's founder has many reasons to smile. Will the rebirth of the legendary fashion house mark a new chapter for Delphine Arnault?"

From Business Week: Whole Foods Fattens Up in Grocery Retail
"Bloomberg News reporter Leslie Patton discussed future expansion plans with co-CEO John Mackey. The company’s co-founder also explained why he once said he’d prefer to leave his creation in the hands of a millennial, rather than a Gen Xer."

Mercury News interview: Gigya CEO Patrick Salyer
"Patrick Salyer says he's known the appeal of social media since his days as a Harvard undergrad, when he lived in the same dorm as Mark Zuckerberg and signed up as one of Facebook's early users. Today he's CEO of Gigya, a Mountain View startup that helps clients like Pepsi, Verizon and ABC deliver a Facebook-like experience to customers who want to post comments, play games or earn rewards when they visit a corporation's website or mobile app. Many of those sites let customers sign in by using their name and password from Facebook or another social networking account."

From the NY Times: Daniel Hendrix of Interface Inc., on Work-Life Balance
"This interview with Daniel T. Hendrix, president and C.E.O. of Interface Inc., a designer and maker of carpet tile, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant."

From the LA Times: Andrew Meieran has ambitious vision for Clifton's Cafeteria
"Real estate developer and moviemaker Andrew Meieran, 46, is staking his reputation and millions of dollars on an attempt to revive one of the most beloved restaurants in Los Angeles history — Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway."

From Fortune: The Google Guys grow up but not apart
"Over the years, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have each carved their own place within the company."

From the Star Tribune: A conversation with General Mills CEO Ken Powell
"Star Tribune food industry reporter Mike Hughlett recently interviewed General Mills CEO Ken Powell. The veteran General Mills executive touched on several facets of the big food company’s business."

Wally's Comment: You can gain some additional perspective on this article by reading "For General Mills, a year of ups and downs" which appeared in the same issue of the Star Tribune.

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