Videos & Book reviews about leadership, success and networking for young professionals

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Developing the CEO Within You (Harvard Business Review)


An interview with Joseph L. Bower, Professor, Harvard Business School. To become an effective CEO, work for companies committed to leadership development, and take responsibility for your own development on the job.

The Growth Mindset (Stanford Professor Carol Dweck )

Sal talks with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her research on the Growth Mindset.

Richard Branson: learning from failure

Richard Branson speaking with Seth Godin about learning from failure.

Seth Godin on social networking

Godin describes the value for businesses.  

Professional Networking Tips

Kathryn Minshew is the founder and CEO of The Muse, a career website that helps people figure out what they want to do with their lives and how to get there. And she’s sharing 5 great tips to get you started at any networking event.

Geoff Colvin | Talent is Overated

A nice example about overcoming obstacles.

How Will You Measure Your Life?, Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School)

Clayton M. Christensen is the architect of and the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation. Consistently acknowledged in rankings as one of the world’s leading thinkers on innovation, Christensen is widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member. He is currently the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard… Read More ›

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.  

The Art of Career Development (Harvard Business Review)

Gianpiero Petriglieri, associate professor at INSEAD, explains what we can all learn from artists.

Bill George – A Unique Life Story

Bill George gives examples of successful CEO’s and the backgrounds that influenced them to become remarkable leaders.

Good Leaders are Authentic Leaders

A very helpful video about the importance of authentic leadership.

J.K. Rowling – motivational speech

Excerpts from her commencement speech at Harvard University in 2008

The 6 Behaviors of Great Leadership: Franz M. Haniel, Haniel Chairman

“Great leaders,” said Haniel during the opening of IESE campus in Munich, can be characterized by their competence, character and empathy. “They don’t extrapolate, they anticipate; they are courageous enough to abandon a successful practice if necessary; they accept their social responsibility, build a culture of trust and cooperation and empower others.” The event also… Read More ›

Keith Ferrazzi: Online Relationships

Networking has changed since the internet. Online relationships don’t have to stay on the web though. Keith Ferrazzi, best selling author and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, speaks about the value of your network.

Keith Ferrazzi: High Performance Relationships

Building relationships are important to success. Keith Ferrazzi, best selling author and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, speaks about the value of your network.

Working for Happiness

It’s not about the money. At the end of the day, we want to be happy. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization in Washington, D.C., talks to IESE about the research linking hard work and happiness. Brooks explains why earned success may make you happier than a lottery… Read More ›

Keith Ferrazzi: People Plan

A “People Plan” requires you to identify the people you want to build relationships with for your success. How do you build that network? How do you make it work for you?

Keith Ferrazzi: How to Avoid Becoming a Networking Jerk

Success is rarely a solo accomplishment. The author of “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time”.

How to Be Successful

An interesting video by IESE Business School

Leading as a CEO: It’s All About People

A leader has to be someone people trust, they have to be open and truthful, says José Antônio do Prado Fay, former CEO of the food company BRF. Companies have to be aware that there are many stakeholders. If you can’t reward your shareholders you have a problem, he says, but if you only reward… Read More ›

Keith Ferrazzi: How Can I Be More Outgoing?

Success is rarely a solo accomplishment. The author of “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time”.

Keith Ferrazzi: How Do I Start Networking?

Success is rarely a solo accomplishment. The author of “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time”.

Keith Ferrazzi: What is Networking?

Success is rarely a solo accomplishment. The author of “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time”.

Ben Bernanke’s Ten Suggestions for Princeton Grads

June 2, 2013 — Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, returning to the Princeton University campus where he taught economics for 17 years, offered graduating seniors often humorous advice on subjects ranging from love and success to money and politics.

Relationships Are Core to Your Success

Keith Ferrazzi explains that relationships are core to your success. Every relationship is at its core personal.  

Meshing What We Love and What We’re Good At

Gina Amaro Rudan discusses how to address the conflict between our personal and professional self, and how we can mesh them to achieve greatness, and to discover and sustain our inner genius.

Keith Ferrazzi – Best-Selling Author of Never Eat Alone

Keith Ferrazzi is one of the rare individuals to discover the essential formula for reaching the top – a powerful combination of marketing acumen and a remarkable ability to connect with others. Both Forbes and Inc. have designated him one of the world’s most connected individuals.

Kiana Sharifi on Success: The True Story

What does it take to be successful? Kiana Sharifi asks us to think about a new perspective on success that takes into account an important but often overlooked element. Kiana is a member of the Class of 2014 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  

David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. Can we balance these two selves? Perhaps, once we know them both.

Lloyd Blankfein Gives Commencement Address at LaGuardia Community College

On June 6, 2013, Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein gave the commencement address to graduates of LaGuardia Community College in New York City. LaGuardia Community College was the firm’s first partner in our 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Today’s Leadership Imperative: Daniel Goleman and Howard Gardner (Harvard University)

Daniel Goleman spoke with Howard Gardner about the importance of storytelling for leaders.

Tom Peters’ Leadership Thoughts: Listening

Tom Peters uses an example from the healthcare industry to highlight the importance of listening. According to Tom, “the single most significant strategic strength that an organization can have is not a good strategic plan, but a commitment to strategic listening on the part of every member of the organization.”

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos delivers graduation speech at Princeton University (2010)

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos gave the Baccalaureate address to Princeton University’s Class of 2010. Bezos graduated from Princeton in 1986 with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. He was introduced by Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman. Bezos spoke to the Class of 2010 about the difference between choices and gifts…. Read More ›

Bill Gates speech at Harvard (2007)


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