Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Learnings from Leaders

There is a column in the Sunday New York Times called "Corner Office."

Essentially it is a structured interview with various and sundry luminaries (mostly CEOs) who talk about their management styles, how they approach different types of organizational challenges and their "learnings" and "beliefs."

One of the things that is neat about structured interviews, of course, is that you get to see how different people respond to the same set of questions. It is often both interesting, instructive and enlightening, especially when those questions are things like:
How do you hire?
Tell me about your most important leadership lessons.
How are you a different leader today than you were 5 or 10 years ago?
What’s your best career advice?
How do you manage your time, besides working a lot?
What should business schools teach more of, or less of?
How has your leadership style evolved?
Is there anything unusual about the way you run meetings?
And that's just a sample.

If you have not checked out this column I certainly offer it up as a great source of "Learnings from Leaders" and for the 5 minutes or so that it takes to read each segment, the ROI in terms of stimulating thought is as good an intellectual business investment of time as I think is out there.

This past week, the guest executive was Guy Kawasaki.

Not sure if executive is even the right moniker. Maybe it is more appropriate to label him as last week's guest "brand" for if anyone has built himself a brand on Web 3.0 he has.

I think he "tweets" more than any human being on the planet, and most of what he shares via Twitter is information not breakfast menus. Where he finds time to do anything else I have no idea, but then maybe his staff comes up with the links and tweets for him for all I know, but that doesn't change the fact that he is a brand.

Anyway, if you would like a sample from the Corner Office buffet, here's the link to the Kawasaki interview. Enjoy.


Karl Wolfbrooks Ager said...

Could one "Tweet" an interview? ...Then pick the best respondent?

Dave Opton said...

I guess you could. I have seen some Twitter questions sort of along those lines, but when it comes to these kind of "learnings" 140 characters doesn't do it for me.

Dave Opton said...

No idea, but for my money, 140 characters, no matter how cool, would be sufficient. Might, however, get you a real interview, and for sure there are some recruiters who are reaching out to potential candidates via Twitter.

How really effective this will turn out to be remains to be seen.