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 This Lecture series is provided by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and their View From the Top lecture series. You can find out more about them here:  http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/vftt  

Stanford University Graduate School of business Lectures




Leadership is a Choice

By Stanford University - Stanley McChrystal

Time: 51 Minutes


McChrystal shares his perspective on leadership and influence discussing the importance of understanding culture, leading by example, building trust, and creating a common goal within a team  to a packed auditorium of 600 at Stanford Graduate School of Business .  McChrystal is a four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. 

A view from the top

By Stanford University

Time: 50 Minutes


Retired McKinsey senior partner and former Managing Director, Ian Davis, shared with a Stanford Graduate School of Business student audience the five traits that successful leaders share that are more important than where they rank within their organizations. 

CEO's Role in Building Company Culture

By Stanford University

Time: 22 Minutes


Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Continental Holdings.  In his View From The Top talk at Stanford GSB, he discusses the role the CEO must play in developing and propagating a customer service culture, aligning stakeholders around a focused plan, and managing crises virtually daily. 

 Leaders Must Serve, with Courage

 By Stanford University

Time: 52 Minutes


 Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Company, discusses the turnaround effort at Ford, which took the automaker from an annual loss of $17 billion in 2006 to its most profitable period in more than a decade. Mulally explains that leadership takes courage, to have a point of view about the future and to pursue it in the face of resistance and doubt, in service of something great. 

Hire the right people

By Stanford University

Time: 52 Minutes


As CEO of the leading global brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies, Carlos Brito shares his perspective on leading a large organization and stressed hiring the right people. 

Leading during a crisis

By Stanford University

Time: 52 Minutes


As the first outside CEO of the 162-year-old global company, Siemens AG, Peter Löscher discusses leading a large organization during crisis and change to a student audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business.   He stresses having clear values that are lived throughout the company, not being afraid to say "no," and having a "true north - a clear definition for myself of right and wrong." 


Target Big Markets

By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


Since founding Sequoia Capital in 1972, Don Valentine has financed many of the companies (Apple, Oracle, Electronic Arts, NVIDIA, Cisco, Google, YouTube, etc.) that have been Silicon Valley's biggest technology and business success stories. In this View From The Top talk, he describes some of the insights that allowed him to lead Sequoia through almost four decades of disruptive changes, creating several new industries along the way. 

Leaders Must Drive Change

By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, gave the first annual Roanak Desai Memorial View From The Top talk at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He discussed how business has changed  in his nearly three decades at GE and stressed to the student audience to be prepared for a turbulent business world.  

 Look Ahead, Don't Stand Still

By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


 Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO, Nissan-Renault Alliance.  In this talk, he discusses the different challenges each company faces, and how he adapts his leadership to the strategic and cultural contexts. He also discusses trends in the global auto market, and his vision for zero emission vehicles (electric), which he believes will represent an important (and profitable) market segment in the coming decade. 

 Managing a Global Enterprise

 By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


Avon Chair and CEO Andrea Jung discusses the challenges of managing a global enterprise with six million independent sales representatives, her own career choices, and what she has learned from serving on the boards of two very successful but different companies, Apple and GE.  One of only 15 female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, she also talks about what she thinks are promising trends for women in senior leadership roles. 


 What It Takes to Be a Remarkable Leader

 By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


Venture capitalist John Doerr discusses some of trends impacting the business and investing world, as well as what he thinks it takes to be a remarkable leader and entrepreneur today. He is joined by two other Kleiner partners and Stanford GSB alums, Trae Vassallo and Chi-Hua Chien. Trae leads many of Kleiner's investments in the green technology, while Chi-Hua focuses on mobile technologies. Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. 

What I've Learned Since Business School

 By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


Dick Kovacevich, chairman of Wells Fargo, reflects on the lessons he has learned in the 40 years since he left business school. He also describes the management principles that he has used to guide Wells Fargo up to and through the financial crisis. ( 


Transforming the FBI in an Uncertain World

By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


FBI Director Robert Mueller assumed his role on September 4, 2001, only a week before the 9/11 attack. In his talk, he discussed efforts to radically change the focus and mindset at the FBI following the attacks, shifting from a reactive stance to one that prevents such events from occurring in the future. 

Approach to Leadership Evolves

By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


Jose Antonio Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of FEMSA, the largest beverage company in Latin America, discusses how his approach to leadership has evolved over the years. FEMSA, a $12 billion revenue company, brews global beer brands such as Dos Equis and Tecate, controls the second largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world, and operates more than 6,500 convenience stores across Mexico.  


CEO Must Link Values and Leadership

By Stanford University

Time: 60 Minutes


 Jeff Raikes leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. He told a GSB audience about the links between personal values and how that can affect leadership. 

 Role Reversal for Women

By Stanford University

Time: 48 Minutes


Brenda Barnes has broken a lot of stereotypes, including making sure corporate America is aware of the hidden talents of women who once stayed at home but who today want to re-enter the work force.  

Leadership Means Responsibility

By Stanford University

Time: 48 Minutes


Dean Robert Joss defines what it means to lead: "It's any position where you take responsibility for a group with a mission to fulfill." He told students that In order to have the organization you lead evolve, "you have to be the change you want to see in others."  


CEO Can Not Delegate Business Culture

By Stanford University

Time: 48 Minutes


Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's father thought he was "nuts" to tie his fortune to high tech. 

Do As You Say to Gain Credibility

By Stanford University

Time: 47 Minutes


The Infosys CEO N. R. Narayan Murthy stresses leaders must change mind-set of employees to enable change