Monday, May 15, 2017

Leadership Think Tank


If I could pick any ten people from the past or present to be in my personal leadership think tank, the list would include:
  1. Jesus Christ
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Winston Churchill
  4. Lee Kuan Yew
  5. Elizabeth I
  6. George Marshall
  7. Nelson Mandela
  8. Dwight Eisenhower
  9. Benjamin Disraeli
  10. Peter Drucker
Who would be in yours?

8 Comments:

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting game. I'm going to try asking this at a party.

Can I ask for Trump to be in my leadership circle?

You seem to have politics, business, and ethics well-covered. What about someone with a technological background? Although maybe Bill Gates' would be better on industry knowledge than the actual technology these days - don't know.

- Bobbo

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Bobbo,

Ray Kurzweil would be an interesting addition.

Michael

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah ha, thought of a master... Jordan B. Peterson. Philosopher of our age. I think I get smarter every time I hear him talk. Having him on my personal brain trust? Wow.

-Bobbo

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger SippicanCottage said...

Fox Conner. Then you could leave the other 9 slots empty.

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Wally Bock said...

You made this a “leadership” think tank, so I probably wouldn’t want to delete anyone there, but I resonate with the need for technology. Hence, I shall cheat and expand the board to a dozen and suggest two people to fill those slots. Most people will probably recognize Jeff Bezos, but my other recommendation is a bit more obscure: Irving Wladawsky-Berger. For credentials, I point you to the About page on his excellent blog.

http://blog.irvingwb.com/about.html

Here's a link to today's post to help with my case

http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog/2017/05/peering-into-a-confusing-and-paradoxical-future.html

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Bobbo,

Not familiar with him. Will check him out.

Sippican,

I've been meaning to read his biography for years. Just ordered it. Fascinating guy.

Wally,

Thanks for a worthy nominee! I'll do my homework.

Michael

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Wally Bock said...

Further on Fox Conner. I didn’t find his bio nearly has helpful as many other sources. The very best one is a chapter in Eisenhower’s now-impossible-to-find book, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends. There’s a lot of good material in Puryear’s book, 19 Stars, and a “doughboy” on WWI history. Check out this link

http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/foxconner.htm

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Wally,

That's interesting. I recall reading the section in "At Ease." I've also read the material in Puryear's book. Will check out the link you provided.

As I recall, one of the relatively recent Pershing biographies also had some interesting stuff.

Thanks!

Michael

 

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