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Harry Kraemer: From Fortune 500 CEO To A Favorite Kellogg Professor (Article)

Recently, Poets&Quants sat down with Harry to learn more about what makes a great leader — and to see what makes Harry tick: “Harry Kraemer doesn’t fit the profile of a Fortune 500 CEO. Forget an imperious swagger or impersonal bent. When you cross paths with Kraemer in Kellogg’s Collaboration Plaza, it is like greeting a long-lost but fondly remembered

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Why Jeff Immelt’s GE Succession Will Go Much Better Than Jack Welch’s (Article)

Harry shares his thoughts on the succession plan to replace outgoing General Electric CEO, Jeff Immelt: General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is stepping down in August, ending his 16-year tenure as the leader of the $120 billion company. It’s a textbook case of succession that could greatly improve the chances of success for John Flannery, the 30-year GE veteran tapped

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The Next Market Amazon Could Take Over (Article)

Harry shares his thoughts about Amazon’s prospects in the pharmaceuticals market: As Amazon seeks to continue its healthy pace of growth and leverage its massive distribution network, expanding into pharmaceutical distribution would be a logical move and natural extension of its business. With net sales of $136 billion in 2016, Amazon cannot ignore the potential growth that could be realized

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What the Downfall of Michael Flynn Teaches Business Leaders About Hiring Bad Apples (Article)

In a recent Fortune article, Harry shares his thoughts on the importance of values-based leadership in assembling the “best team”: “As a former chairman and CEO of a $12 billion health care company, I can attest that finding the right talent for the team is one of the biggest challenges for any leader, as well as one of the most

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Sound Leadership Begins in Silence (Article)

From near priesthood to CEO of Baxter and now professor at the Kellogg School of Management, a recent profile piece by the Northwestern Office for Research delves into Harry’s upbringing and explores what makes him tick: ————————- It’s midnight and the house is quiet. Harry Kraemer Jr. is sitting in his study, reflecting on the day’s events — good, bad, indifferent—and filling a journal

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Don’t Let Travis Kalanick Off the Hook for Uber’s Sexual Harassment Culture (Article)

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s apparent surprise about the toxic culture at the ride-sharing company, amid allegations of sexual harassment and troubling reports that HR did not sufficiently intervene, sends up a glaring red flag about his leadership and potentially imperils his future at the company. Read Harry’s full article here on Fortune.com.

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Will Trump Reduce the Risk Management Drag? (Article)

Harry shares his thoughts with Tony Chapelle of Agenda on the potential impact President-elect Trump will have on American businesses: Article published on January 3, 2017 By Tony Chapelle Board members often complain that they devote far too much time ticking boxes for compliance and enterprise risk management and too little discussing strategy. But now many U.S. directors, investors and

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What Trump Got Wrong About Leadership During the Final Debate (Article)

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” As an independent — with no allegiance left or right, conservative or liberal, — I rely on values-based leadership principles to indicate how a presidential candidate is likely to deal with tough issues and challenges once in the White House. The role of a leader

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