Leadership

Sports journalist Andrea Kremer
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —As a youngster, Joanne Pasternack thought she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up — first an Olympic figure skater and then a pediatrician. Instead, she has ended up in a totally different realm —professional football, where she works as the...
Bill George photo
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — By typical measures of success, Bill George had it all. There he was, in an executive job at Honeywell and sitting atop a short list of people being considered to become the U.S.-based international conglomerate's next CEO. However, during that period back in...
Darrell Duffie
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — The steps being taken to solve Europe’s sovereign debt crisis are likely putting an end to speculation that the European Union could come apart, says finance Professor Darrell Duffie of the Graduate School of Business. But current negotiations among Europe’s...
Justin Finnegan, MBA '09
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Agricultural ventures in communities dependent upon subsistence farming carry plenty of risks and potentially unpleasant surprises. Crops can turn out disappointingly skimpy or low quality, sometimes because the farmers are completely inexperienced with...
Kenji Tateiwa photo
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When Kenji Tateiwa applied to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he described in the essay "what matters most" to him: his "dream of establishing a perfect energy world." He never thought he would have a chance to apply his expertise in nuclear...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When he graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA in 2005, Nigerian-born Tayo Oviosu said advice from the business world in his home country was loud and clear—"don't come back." At that time, he explained, "Nigeria was still about...
Darrell Duffie
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —When the Dodd-Frank financial regulations became law in 2010, the reforms were put in place to promote safety and soundness within the U.S. financial system and lower the risk of future financial crises. However, the government's interpretation of one of those...
Guy Kawasaki
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Guy Kawasaki, a tech venture capitalist and author, who worked for Apple in the 1980s and 1990s, said he learned plenty from Steve Jobs, the company's late cofounder and CEO. At the top of the list: ignore self-appointed experts bearing bad business news — a...
Yvon Chouinard spoke at the Stanford GSB
Figuring out what's good for the environment can be tricky, says Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, an outdoor apparel and gear retailer committed to doing right by the planet. He points to the firm he founded in 1974, which is widely regarded as an early leader in corporate social...
Executive Challenge photo
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — "Bigger! Faster! Stronger! Smarter than before!" With that rallying cry, nearly 400 scrubbed and suited MBA students left the Schwab Residential Center on Dec. 7 and strode more or less confidently across the street to the Knight Management Center. The...

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