Friday, September 14, 2012

Leadership and the Global Enterprise

I recently finished reading Steve Coll's book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.  Although it's long(624 pages on my Kindle) and by its nature is focused on the oil and gas business(and a specific company)  it's loaded with some great leadership insights that are generalizable to a global business.  Although the book isn't a "leadership book" per se, I intend to take the next few blogs and explore the leadership issues it illuminates.

The leadership subjects I intent to tackle include:

Operational Excellence and Project Execution-The importance of being really good at what you do
Sustainability of the Business-The growth imperative
Strategic Choices- Make vs Buy; Balancing the Portfolio; When to say "no" to an opportunity; Anticipating Game-changers
Safety and the Environment-
Ability to Influence-Regulatory environment, Sanctity of Contracts, Defining those issues exclusively in the domain of sovereign governments and those shared with a corporation.

I don't intend to review the book, but use the content to explore the some of the challenges facing leaders of global enterprises.

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