Brian Johnson, Publisher
This one is for the caffeine-addled world-changers out there, who consume leadership memes on Linkedin for breakfast, searching for inspiration with the same passion as a bigfoot truther.
For the past 6 years, I’ve interviewed the most successful men and women in the medical device industry at DeviceTalks, a conference I founded in 2011. (It continues as 3 annual events in Boston, Minnesota and Orange County, Calif. DeviceTalks Minnesota is June 26–27 in St. Paul.) Over those years, which I’ve come to think of as my own personal MBA (with an open bar), I’m often asked if there’s a common thread that connects the CEOs of giant companies like Allergan, Medtronic and Boston Scientific.
The easy answer is that, of course, there’s a common thread among these leaders, and I’m not talking about Harvard Business School or the fact that they’re usually male. I’m speaking of something more tangible that you can hang your hat on. With that in mind, I submit the following 3 lessons, straight from the horse’s mouth, which I think link very successful business leaders.