We remember how Jack Welch transformed General Electric during his twenty years at the helm, turning it into the world’s most valuable private corporation with the power of his brilliance and his powerful, dynamic personality. While Welch’s managerial style worked well in the last half of the 20th century, it seems unlikely it would work today as the Millennial/Gen X generation of leaders has very different expectations for their bosses and their companies.

Today we are in a time of distributed leadership where great leaders act more like coaches than all-powerful directors of people. Millennials and Gen Xers only want…


A great debate is raging in organizations about whether employees will return to their offices or continue to work remotely once COVID-19 is under control and most people are vaccinated.

Gartner’s recent survey finds that about 70% of employees wish to continue some form of remote work. Twitter, Oracle and Google have already given their employees permission to work remotely permanently. On the other hand, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon calls remote work “an aberration,” urging employees to come back to the office to collaborate on ideas.

My Harvard Business School colleague Tsedal Neeley has written a timely, well-researched book…


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Finally there is some light at the end of the long, dark COVID-19 tunnel: Vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson committed to Congress that they will supply 240 million doses by the end of March, enough for 130 million Americans.

For the past year, most businesses have been playing defense. While the pandemic has endured a long time, the outlook has changed — much for the better. Leaders who adapted to the pandemic in a matter of days or weeks in March 2020 should once again prepare to adapt quickly to what’s ahead.

With the rapid expansion of…


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The year 2020 will go down in history as the most difficult in America’s 244-year history as a democracy. COVID-19 has killed 400,000 Americans, ending the year less under control than ever. The American economy shed 9.4 million jobs. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis triggered protests and riots across the country. And the new year started out with the startling insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, during which rioters tried to prevent the certification of electoral college votes that elected Joe Biden as President.

Even in these recent events there are glimmers of hope. American democracy held. Biden will…


With COVID-19 raging at all-time levels throughout U.S., highly efficacious vaccines are coming, but in limited supply. That raises the question, who will get priority? Lobbying by big unions and large companies to get their employees vaccinated first is intense. This lobbying risks leaving non-union employees, small businesses and individual practitioners out in the cold. On Monday, December 21, I shared my views on this subject on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street (https://cnb.cx/37DQrRy).

On Sunday afternoon the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory committee rearranged priorities for vaccine distribution. With health care workers and those in long-term…


As Thanksgiving 2020 arrives, it is time to take stock and express our gratitude for all those who have made our lives both possible and fruitful this past year.

Without question, 2020 has been the most challenging year of our lives. The global pandemic hit full force throughout the world as more than 55 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and 1.3 million have died. The pandemic killed more people than any event since World War II. It also triggered a global recession, as economies around the world shut down to protect their citizens against the spread of the…


COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, as the disease has infected more than 8.9 million Americans, 227,000 of whom have died. It has also elevated a set of real heroes: the frontline workers who risk their lives every day to make our lives possible.

The time is now to revalue these frontline workers with skills training, new jobs, and increased wages and benefits.

These heroes include medical workers such as doctors, nurses, and medical technicians, as well as schoolteachers, checkout clerks, bus drivers, shelf stockers, pharmacy employees, restaurant workers and trash collectors who are in direct contact with the public. Unlike…


A Vote for Unity and Stability over Continuing Divisiveness and Chaos

On September 23 Penny and I voted in person at an early voting place in Minneapolis. I cast my vote for President for Joe Biden. Here is why I made that choice:

In the world’s most powerful leadership position, America needs a leader who will bring us together as a nation, in spite of our many differences. We also need a global leader who will reestablish America’s leadership of the community of nations so essential to address today’s global issues of security, health, income inequality, climate change and many…


The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is getting more and more confusing. On Wednesday, September 16, CDC Director Robert Redfield testified in front of Congress that it would be late 2nd quarter or early 3rd quarter 2021 before a vaccine would be generally available. Hours later President Trump contradicted his CDC director, calling him “confused” and predicting we will have a vaccine as early as next week and in mass distribution shortly thereafter (https://bit.ly/2FGSJ70).

With COVID-19 still raging in the U.S. and the death toll approaching 200,000 Americans and 1 million people worldwide, a safe and effective vaccine is required…


Hansi Flick’s Remarkable Turnaround at Bayern Munich

Ever since Hansi Flick took over from Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich, the results have been nothing short of spectacular. After losing two games in a row shortly after becoming head coach, Flick has led Bayern to a 38-game unbeaten streak heading into Sunday’s Champion’s League finals against Paris St. Germain. …

Bill George

Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO, and Best-selling Author

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