8:25 AM Thursday June 26, 2014
Matt (not his real name) is a classic taker. His office walls are a veritable ego-museum, laden with awards and photos depicting his many talents and cozy relationships with high-profile celebrities. Conversations and emails are peppered with personal pronouns, causing speculation about whether he earns a commission each time he uses one. In bad times, he asks for help, but in good times, he offers none. To read more, click here.
10:17 AM Saturday June 14, 2014
You have to admire a leader with the courage to say to his team, “Chances are I’m going to get fired and, if so, I want to get fired for doing the right thing.” This is the philosophy of Wayne Shurts, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Sysco. With more than 18 years of experience in top-level positions in IT, e-business, supply chain management, sales operations, and logistics, Shurts has never been fired—and he probably never will be. In my experience, leaders with the courage to do what’s right, without fearing possible repercussions, rarely are. To read more, click here.
11:27 PM Tuesday May 13, 2014
When I grow up, I want to be Vicki Escarra.
Escarra is the CEO of Chicago-based nonprofit Opportunity International, an organization dedicated to eradicating poverty by providing microloans. From my perspective, she’s a rock star not only for what she does but also for how she got there. As she recently told me, Escarra lives by Howard G. Buffett’s philosophy that “each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life.” To read more, click here.