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Heroes & History: Lessons for Leadership from Tolstoy’s War & Peace

Heroes & History: Lessons for Leadership from Tolstoy’s War & Peace

 

Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Emeritus James March takes a look at the lessons of Tolstoy’s War and Peace for leadership, examining the limitations of heroic visions of leaders that Tolstoy exposed. The film uses the portrayal of leaders in War and Peace as a basis for raising questions about standard heroic stories of leadership. It explores some ways in which the complexities and ambiguities of history make standard narratives emphasizing the visionary role of leadership in history more mythic than real.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

 

 

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Kelly McGonigal translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HER?

Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal is a leader in the growing field of “science-help.” Through books, articles, courses and workshops, McGonigal works to help us understand and implement the latest scientific findings in psychology, neuroscience and medicine.

Straddling the worlds of research and practice, McGonigal holds positions in both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the School of Medicine. Her most recent book, The Willpower Instinct, explores the latest research on motivation, temptation and procrastination, as well as what it takes to transform habits, persevere at challenges and make a successful change.

She is now researching a new book about the “upside of stress,” which will look at both why stress is good for us, and what makes us good at stress. In her words: “The old understanding of stress as a unhelpful relic of our animal instincts is being replaced by the understanding that stress actually makes us socially smart — it’s what allows us to be fully human.”

 

Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

Organizational Behavior Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer spoke about the role power plays and how sometimes hard work doesn’t necessarily equal success.

 

Turkish President Abdullah Gül: “The age of people’s empowerment”

Turkish President Abdullah Gül: “The age of people’s empowerment”

President Abdullah Gül of Turkey discussed democracy, reform, and innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, followed by a Q&A with Condoleezza Rice.

 

Steve Blank: “Entrepreneurship is a Calling”

Steve Blank: “Entrepreneurship is a Calling”

Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur and Stanford consulting associate professor, explains what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. He appeared at the E-Provocateur speaker series hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on October 23, 2012.

 

Chris Lehane: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control

Chris Lehane: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control

Chris Lehane, political strategist and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, discusses his “ten commandments of damage control”. Lehane served as special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton, and press secretary for Al Gore‘s presidential campaign. He co-wrote the book Masters of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control with filmmaker and Stanford GSB lecturer Bill Guttentag.

The foolproof guide to damage control from the “masters of disaster”

Whether you’re a politician caught with his pants down, a publicly traded company accused of accounting improprieties, a family-owned restaurant with a lousy Yelp review or just the guy in the corner cubicle who inadvertently pushed “reply all,” a crisis doesn’t have to be the make-or-break moment of your career. For those of us that aren’t natural spin doctors, it’s hard to resist the impulse to cover your tracks, lie, or act like nothing happened. But resist you must!

In Masters of Disaster, Christopher Lehane and Mark Fabiani, reveal the magic formula you need to take control when it’s your turn to be sucked into the vortex of the modern spin cycle. Covering the ten commandments of damage control, and based on their work for clients like Bill Clinton, Goldman Sachs and Hollywood studios, the authors outline the strategies that can make real time news alerts, Twitter trend lines and viral videos work for you rather against you. Full of both lively personal anecdotes and hard-knuckled straight talk, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to emerge with their reputation intact.

 

Ian Davis: View from the Top

Ian Davis: View from the Top

Retired McKinsey senior partner and former Managing Director, Ian Davis, shared with a Stanford Graduate School of Business student audience the five traits that successful leaders share that are more important than where they rank within their organizations.

 

View From The Top: Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

View From The Top: Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

To a packed audience of students, faculty, and Ferrari enthusiasts, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of the Italian sports car manufacturer, spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on April 24, 2012, as part of the View From The Top series. He shared with the audience his leadership style and what it takes to lead an international luxury brand. He ended his talk stating, “I’m not here to sell, but I’m here to help you dream.”

If You Need Something, Just Ask

If You Need Something, Just Ask

People tend to grossly underestimate how likely others are to agree to requests for help. And many don’t know how to ask for help. They also overestimate how many people will come to them for help. Francis Flynn presented at the “Small Steps, Big Leaps: The Science of Getting People to Do the Right Thing” research briefing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation.

 

Stanley McChrystal: Leadership is a Choice

Stanley McChrystal: Leadership is a Choice

“Leadership is not a talent or a gift. It’s a choice. It’s not complex, but it’s very hard.”, General Stanley McChrystal explains to a packed auditorium of 600 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. McChrystal shares his perspective on leadership and influence discussing the importance of understanding culture, leading by example, building trust, and creating a common goal within a team.

McChrystal is a four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. He also served as the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

 

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