Harvard's Bill George: A Model of 21st Century Leadership

Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School Photograph by Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Last Saturday morning, Aug. 26, I called my old friend Bill George for two reasons, mainly to wish him a happy birthday on his 70th—I was two weeks early—and to discuss an unlikely article in that morning’s Financial Times, “The Mind Business.” It reported that some of the “west’s biggest companies are embracing eastern spirituality as a path to bigger profits.” Among them, General Mills, Google, First Direct, Target, Aetna, plus many Silicon Valley firms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn that share ideas on yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, a popular form of Buddhist practice, which advocates feel helps them stay “grounded,” even calm, in our hyper-manic digital age.

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