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October 2006      
Topics of Trust, Leadership & Legacy

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Your leadership legacy is, ultimately, a very personal thing. But it can help to see how others frame their legacies. So, in the past couple of months we've been asking executives to write about their leadership legacies.

Their responses were both gratifying and fascinating.

From high tech to healthcare to professional services, executives are donning their "legacy thinking" caps and sharing their goals for the future.

Rich Marcello, Senior VP & General Manager Business Critical Servers, HP said "...it's not really an easy question if you've never spent any time on it before. At the same time though, it's probably one of the most important questions any of us can answer during our lifetimes..." Be sure to read his very thoughtful blog post Escalating Violence.

Nick Jacobs, CEO/President Windber Medical Center and Windber Research Institute said "It is your responsibility as a leader and as a human being to help to guarantee your organization's future, and it will allow you to both comfortably look at yourself in the mirror and to sleep at night." Read more on Nick's blog.

More Information

Harvard Business School Publishing Conferences, Impact: Why Your Leadership Legacy Matters Today - A conversation with Robert M. Galford, 11/7/06 details and registration

HBR IdeaCast™ (free podcast) discussion with Rob Galford on legacy thinking, including the potential legacy of Indra Nooyi, the new CEO of Pepsico.

Harvard Business School Press

Management Consulting News interview with Rob Galford and Regina Marcua

The Business Shrink interview with Rob Galford.

Website for Your Leadership Legacy - includes author bios, educational resources, press, and more.

Speaking engagements with the authors.

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Zane Safrit, the CEO of Conference Calls Unlimited mused "Why wait to leave a legacy? Why not LIVE a legacy?!?... What legacy am I living right now with every blog post, every conversation, every informal chat walking through our offices..." in his blog post What's frequency got to do with leadership legacy?

Jim Estill, the CEO of SYNNEX Canada, took our invitation to discuss his legacy to heart. First, he discussed his thoughts in his CEO Blog - Time Leadership. Then he wrote the article Your Leadership Legacy, One Way to Set Goals.

Suzanne Lowe, author of Marketplace Masters and President of Expertise Marketing, LLC used the premise of the book to spark the legacy thinking of several leaders in the field of professional services:

  • Charlie Agin, Vice President, Global Marketing Development, Gen Re
  • Bill Viehman, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal, Perkins + Will
  • Ann Althoff, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing, HOK
  • Uwe Krueger, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and CMO, Turner Construction Company
  • Barbara Walters Price, SVP of Marketing, Mercer Capital Management
  • Tom Markert, Global CMO, ACNielsen
  • Sally J. Feldman, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • George Friedel, Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Sales, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Don't miss their quotes and her thoughtful analysis in her newsletter article Leadership Legacies in Professional Services: Distinguishing Your Goals from the Expectations of Others.

Why stop here? What are your thoughts on legacies in general and your own in particular? How could you, like Suzanne Lowe, use the topic of legacies as a catalyst for a discussion within your own professional world?

If you've never been asked to think about this before, consider yourself invited now. We'd love to hear from you.

- Rob Galford and Regina Maruca -

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