PofE 078: Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point of Thought Leadership

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Malcolm Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England on September 3, 1963. When he was six, his parents moved the family to Elmira, Ontario, Canada. His interest in reading and libraries began when his father, Graham, a mathematics professor, took him to his office at the University of Waterloo where he taught, allowing Malcolm to wander the university. Malcolm was a middle-distance runner in high school, winning the 1,500 meter title at the Ontario High School Championships in Kingston, Ontario. He interned at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. in 1982.


PofE 074: John Maxwell, The Thought Leader of Leadership

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The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

– Kenneth Hartley Blanchard Tweet: The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. 
- Kenneth Hartley Blanchard http://ctt.ec/qb47F+ #PMOT #CIO


John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized expert on the principles of leadership. The founder of EQUIP, the John Maxwell Company, and the author of numerous books that have sold more than 19 million copies, John has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and provided leadership training to the National Football League, the United Nations, and the Military Academy at West Point.



PofE 054: Sam Walton – Enhanced Walmart’s Customer Service through Strong Values and a Superior Distribution Model

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Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC"Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not  quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality." -Peter Drucker

Background and Challenges:

  • Sam Walton was born on March 29, 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Thomas and Nancy Lee Walton.
  • His parents were farmers until around 1923. Due to the Great Depression, his father gave up farming to go into the farm mortgage business.

PofE 046: Walt Disney 5 Qualities of A Leader

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"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use."

Charles Monroe Schultz

Background and Challenges

• Walt Disney was interested in art and drawing at an early age. At the age of 7, he sold small sketches and drawings to nearby neighbors.

• After he had returned from driving ambulances for the Red Cross in France during World War I, he pursued a career in commercial art with the production of short hand-drawn animated films for local businesses.


PofE 022: How Stephen Covey Helped Me Achieve A Work-Life Balance

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"The effect of one upright individual is incalculable." -Oscar Arias

"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally"  -Lao-Tzu


His Life

  • Born October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Grandson of Stephen Mack Covey, founder of Little America.
  • Earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in business administration from the University of
Change Management

PofE 015: GOT LUCK?

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How Nelson Mandela Change A Nation And What We Can Learn From Him About Change Management?

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence, yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” –Robert F. Kennedy