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As Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business Review, Suzy Welch became a master in decision-making. The fast-paced environment, the high-powered people she interviewed, the pressure of managing a capable team of driven employees—the situation set her up to either be a big success or major failure. And unsurprisingly to those who know her, Suzy managed her decisions at HBR effectively and her path continued to lead her to success. Her experience as an outstanding leader and someone who speaks into building better managers makes her an exciting addition to the speaker lineup for Leadercast Live on May 5, 2017.
Suzy is a New York Times bestselling author, business writer, television commentator, and wife and mother. Suzy and her husband Jack (the former CEO of GE) co-authored the bestselling book, Winning: The Answers, and co-wrote a weekly column for BusinessWeek. Suzy and Jack also wrote the business staple, The Real Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career, the proceeds of which help high school students afford the opportunity of a college education.
One of her forays into solo book writing is 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, where Suzy explains a process of decision-making that includes asking yourself three questions:
“It forces you to determine what really matters to you. If you can come to terms with and get transparent about and admit to yourself what your values are, that’s when it’s transformative,” she says.
Suzy emphasizes that this approach will help you make any choice more effectively—from who to hire, to who to fire, to deciding which movie to watch this weekend! Suzy has seen the effectiveness of this decision-making tactic through the everyday leaders who have seen well-rounded and shared success in their personal and professional lives.
In addition to disrupting the traditional decision-making model, Suzy is passionate about developing leaders to be engaging employers – and that’s where purpose is integral to an organization’s culture. “Getting people excited about the work, caring about the organization’s future, and bringing their hearts and souls to the job” is what the best employers are capable of as managers, she told Forbes magazine last year.
Suzy is also dedicated to developing emerging leaders – including students. In 2009, she and Jack launched the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, an online MBA and certificate program aimed at helping students change their lives and their organizations for the better – at a significantly lower cost than traditional MBA programs.
When asked by The Huffington Post for some of her best advice for managers, Suzy said, “Remember every day when you start to get frustrated by the small stuff, it’s all about love—loving your people and creating something bigger than the sum of you together.”
Here’s a quick look at Suzy Welch’s leadership journey:
Your purpose-driven leadership … your decision-making … your engagement with your employees and colleagues won’t be the same after hearing Suzy’s real-life applications of time-tested management principles. Embrace your purpose at Leadercast Live 2017!