Discover Your True North
Discover Your True North is the best-selling leadership classic that enables you to become an authentic leader by discovering your True North. Originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, this book instantly became a must-read business classic when it was introduced in 2007. Now...more
If you're going to read a business book, there are far worse and far more vapid bools to read. Likewise, if you're going to be in management, you might as well do it for a reason beyond wealth, short term stockholder value, and employee exploitation. While this book is a little too heavy on vague anecdotes and glittering generalities, it's at least consistent in its message that you shouldn't become a leader unless you have a well thought out moral code and a strong pu ...more
Background: Last year while at HBS we had a session with Thomas DeLong which I found very profound and powerful while many of the alpha males who were in the program with me thought it was just fluff. In the session DeLong mentioned Bill George's True North more than once and I immediately went on Amazon and ordered it. I finally got around to reading it now.
Quick review: I totally believe in the concepts in True North. It is important for a leader to be able to frame his life story and ...more
It’s unfortunate that many of the principles, such as leading with values & purpose, are directly ...more
"It’s written for a type A aspiring CEO bro (CE-bro?) who could use a values transplant. (People are important! Listen to them! Except when they’re patients who are suing your pharma company for harming them. Listen to them. Put your family first.... Except when you are goaded into taking a global role a world away from your spouse.)"
Simply stated True North is about gaining a grounded sense of direction in one's life and holding fast to critical personal principles. If you enjoy thinking a ...more
self awareness and self reflection in different contexts. It is nearly impossible to become a true inspirational leader if one doesn't allocate enough time to understand oneself and the team one leads.
The book is a good starting point to understand what it requires to identify ones True North. In ...more
Timeless principles with valuable real life cases, combined to be a great guide for career and leadership development.
I particular like it stresses on “work for a greater good purpose vs chasing fame-power-money”, “live an integrated life”, “servant leadership”, “empowerment but demand accountability”.
It gives good food for thoughts especi ...more
He has to update this book periodically because so many of the "authentic leaders" he interviews are arrested for fraud.
His "insights" are mostly applicable to living a life of unbelievably extreme privilege and wealth (none of which he acknowledges even for a second), and the exceptions to this theme are universally people who've grown completely cynical about capitalism and left industry ...more
I recently got into management, (about a year now, but read this about 6 months ago), the main difference from my previous jig is that there is no clear guide as to how to do your job well, and there is no on-boarding, it seems that becoming a manager creates an expectation that yeah, you can manage; So what did I do to ensure success on th ...more
That’s why I couldn’t help but think while I was reading this book: “Oh, this could have b ...more
The term ‘true north’ refers to your inner compass of course, to the magnetic pole of your authentic leadership, which will help you become a successful leader. It’s a principle that’s easy to grasp but a lot harder to put into practi ...more