Before Bob Buford became a cable TV magnate and philanthropist, he inherited a small family business in Tyler, Texas, and was feeling overwhelmed. Buford turned to the great management thinker Peter Drucker for help. Drucker told Buford to write a letter about what he wanted to accomplish—his purpose.
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Even leaders at the top of their game need a little help sometimes. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, told how he might never have made the movie “Lincoln” without a leg up from his friend Leonardo DiCaprio.
The families of Americans killed on 9/11 rose from crippling tragedy to reshape national policy, becoming the most successful citizen-advocates in generations. Their advice to leaders?
In 2007, Bob Essner felt justifiably triumphant. He had engineered a successful turnaround of Wyeth, the pharmaceutical giant, after six years of reinventing the company. But even after increasing revenue by 30%—to $20.4 billion—Essner suddenly lost his job. What went wrong?