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Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders

Book Description

Globalization. Sustainability. Technology. Diversity. Learning. Convergence of the public and private sectors. These are the big issues on the minds of young leaders today—the challenges they most want to, and must, pursue.

In Passion and Purpose, dozens of recent Harvard Business School MBAs share personal stories on assuming the mantle of leadership in ways unlike any previous generation. In candid accounts of their successes and setbacks—from launching start-ups to taking on the family business to helping kids in the Arabian Gulf to harnessing new technology and developing clean energy—they reveal how the next generation of ideas, aspirations, and practices are shaping business and redefining leadership around the world.

Drawing on insights from a survey of 500 students from top U.S. business schools, Passion and Purpose provides an overview of big, hot-button issues, followed by firsthand accounts from young leaders who are tackling these issues head-on. Their personal stories are rounded out with broader perspectives from established luminaries in business, academia, and the public sector, including Dominic Barton (Managing Director of McKinsey & Company), Nitin Nohria (dean of Harvard Business School), David Gergen (CNN analyst, presidential advisor and director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership), Carter Roberts (CEO of World Wildlife Fund), and many others.

Passion and Purpose offers profound insight into the values and vision of tomorrow’s leaders, and inspiration and ideas for all aspiring leaders who hope to lead change in the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Foreword
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. Convergence
    1. Creating Opportunities Across Sectors
    2. Floating Above the Boxes
    3. Learning from Kibera
    4. Commerce and Culture
    5. Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Business of Peace
    6. Business in the World
    7. Interview with David Gergen, adviser to four presidents, Director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, and senior political analyst for CNN
  6. 2. Globalization
    1. Embracing the Global Generation
    2. Bridging Two Worlds
    3. QatarDebate
    4. Emerging Social Enterprise
    5. Global Citizen Year
    6. The Business of Reconciliation
    7. Interview with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company
  7. 3. People
    1. Leading in a Diverse World
    2. Nonconforming Culture
    3. Diversity Day
    4. Women and the Workplace
    5. Joyful on the Job
    6. People Leadership from Baghdad to Boston
    7. Interview with Deb Henretta, CEO, P&G Asia
  8. 4. Sustainability
    1. Integrating Preservation and Profits
    2. A Sustainable Career
    3. From Safety Nets to Trampolines
    4. The Value of Community Partnerships in Addressing Climate Change
    5. Interview with Carter Roberts, CEO, World Wildlife Fund
  9. 5. Technology
    1. Competing by Connecting
    2. Building an Online Marketplace
    3. Technology and Social Good
    4. Mobile Millennials
    5. Interview with Joe Kennedy, CEO and President of Pandora
  10. 6. Learning
    1. Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders
    2. The Leadership Boot Camp
    3. The MBA of Hard Knocks
    4. The New Corporate Classrooms
    5. Tackling Financial Illiteracy
    6. The Education of a Millennial Leader
    7. Interview with Rich Lyons, Dean, Haas Business School, University of California–Berkeley
  11. Moving Forward
    1. Capstone Interview with HBS Dean, Nitin Nohria
  12. Appendix: About the Passion and Purpose MBA Student Survey
  13. Notes
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. About the Contributors
  16. About the Authors