A master class in leadership

first_imgEach now stands astride a world-leading institution. But the paths they started on did not seem to point that way. David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, was a lawyer, and not a successful one to hear him tell it. Larry Bacow, president of Harvard, spent 21 years focused on researching and teaching at MIT and “studiously avoided any opportunities to be a department chair or dean or anything else.”When they changed course and embarked down their respective roads to positions of leadership, it was for a chance to make things better. Rubenstein and Bacow spoke at Monday’s virtual forum, “The Leadership Playbook: Insights from Great Leaders,” sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Institute of Politics and Center for Public Leadership. HKS Dean Doug Elmendorf introduced the event, which was moderated by Wendy Sherman, director of the Center for Public Leadership and professor of the practice of public leadership.“To be a leader, I think you have to be good at something, and to be good at something, you have to really enjoy it,” said Rubenstein, who also serves as a fellow of the Harvard Corporation. “I didn’t enjoy the things I was doing before [the Carlyle Group], certainly not the practice of law, and the practice of law didn’t enjoy me.” Rubenstein was quick to admit luck, and making your own luck, helps. But to capitalize on what luck comes your way requires focus, vision, humility, communication skills, and exercising your brain, said Rubenstein, whose new book is “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.”“You can’t assume when you graduate from graduate school or college you know everything you need to know. You have to keep reading and reading and reading and exercising your brain so that you have more knowledge and you can keep up with what’s going on,” he said. His final, but perhaps most important attribute: honesty. Bacow echoed the importance of honesty, integrity, character, and quality of mind. He also added good taste, the power of persuasion, and the importance of being a team player. “As leaders, you need to be able to both assemble a team, but also be part of a team,” Bacow said. “There is no leader who’s not part of a larger team. People who make leadership about themselves as opposed to the organization or the institution long-term, will not succeed.”,Sherman noted that leadership springs from success, failure, and taking risks. Rubenstein agreed. “What you need to do is learn how to fail,” he said. “And failing is good because you’ll pick yourself up, you’ll learn from it. Everybody I interviewed in the book liked to talk about their failures. Why? Because, to some extent, it shows humility. But also, that’s where they really learn things. So if you’ve never failed in life, you’re not likely to be that successful in life.” Bacow added, “If you have never failed at something you haven’t tried to do something that is really hard and challenging.”Turning to the question of diversity, Sherman asked what leadership will look like in a world where the majority is non-white. Rubenstein acknowledged discrimination existed for much of the United States’ history, if you weren’t white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant. “The world has now changed and we now recognize that if you are going to compete in the world, if you’re going to recognize the value of everybody and take advantage of it in an appropriate way, you have to reflect the diversity of society,” he said. “If you’re not prepared to do that, you’re going to be left behind.”“Diversity is the pathway to excellence. You will never succeed as well if you sample from only a small set or slice of the talent,” Bacow said. “If everybody thinks the same way, if everybody has the same point of view, the same perspective, we won’t accomplish nearly as much as if we bring people together who can debate issues, have different points of view, different life experiences, and different images of the future.”Both speakers stressed the value of incremental change. “Most humans don’t like change,” Rubenstein noted. “It is historically easier to make change in an incremental way. Thurgood Marshall made incremental changes before he got to Brown vs Board of Education. Ruth Bader Ginsburg preferred to make incremental changes in gender equality because she thought trying to take on gigantic swaths of that issue would have made it very difficult to prevail. Incremental changes are more likely to be the thing of the future as well because it’s going to be harder and harder to overcome the enormous resistance.”Juliahna Green, M.P.P. 2022, asked about older, white stakeholders’ resistance to engaging with young people. Rubenstein reflected that persistence with the appropriate respect might make a difference. And he offered a failure to heed young ideas from his own experience.He recollected how his son-in-law, then a student at Harvard College, came to him with an investment opportunity: a classmate was starting a company that helped people date at Harvard and maybe other colleges. “I said, ‘Look, no college kid is going to have a company good enough for me to want to invest in. And I’m not going to take my Carlyle Group professionals and waste their time.’ So I said, ‘I don’t want to meet Mark Zuckerberg. I don’t think that’s going to get anywhere.’”last_img read more

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd all tracking West Brom teenager Jovan Malcom

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd all tracking West Brom teenager Jovan Malcom Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery may be battling it out for a West Brom youngster (Picture: Getty Images)A host of Premier League clubs have been alerted to the talents of West Brom teenager Jovan Malcom after a string of impressive performances for the under-18 side.The 16-year-old striker has been catching the eye of the biggest sides in the country with his goal-scoring prowess for the Baggies’ youth teams.Malcom scored four goals in a 6-3 win for West Brom under-18s over their Liverpool counterparts at the weekend, and has now netted seven times in five games this season.While scouts will been aware of the young forward before, that haul against the Reds will have confirmed his place as one of the brightest talents outside of the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool are one of the clubs thought to be interested in signing him, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City all also well aware of his talents.The teenager is yet to make a senior appearance for West Brom, but could already be tempted away to one of the biggest clubs in the land.The Baggies are having a great season on the pitch, sitting top of the Championship, losing just once in 16 games under Slaven Bilic.MORE: Thierry Henry impressed by Matteo Guendouzi at ArsenalMORE: Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger lands new job as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Developmentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 8:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link183Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Spring practice sees changes in offense

first_imgFootball reached the halfway mark of spring practice on Tuesday, completing its seventh session at Howard Jones Field with cold wind gusts and a mix of storylines.A Different OffenseSenior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton, who appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, expressed disappointment about former quarterback Cody Kessler’s unwillingness to target a variety of receivers last season.Hampton added that he wasn’t the only receiver who felt that way, and that the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job this spring — redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — along with redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene spread the ball around more and have stronger arms.“I know Cody was more accurate, but Max, Sam and [Greene], they just have some arms,” Hampton said. “I know that if I have a deep ball, I have to run, otherwise it’s going by me — especially with the wind blowing.”Under new offensive coordinator Tee Martin, the Trojans appeared to be going deep more often.“It’s the play calls,” Hampton said. “They’re emphasizing to the quarterbacks that ‘we need to take these shots.’ It’s there.”One of the criticisms of Kessler while he was under center at USC was that he did not take shots downfield often enough and opted for check-downs instead.“It just gives me more feeling like there’s a 50 percent chance the ball’s going to go your way,” Hampton said of the new offense. “It just lets me know we’re going to spread this around. We’re about to eat.”Martin said that he has not game-planned for more deep passes; rather, the quarterbacks themselves are taking the initiative.“A lot of guys play at receiver, so a lot of guys will get the ball,” Martin said. “It’s good how the quarterbacks trust a lot of guys. It’s not that one guy that they’re keying in on. They’re really spreading the ball around and going through their progressions.”Martin revealed that the team learned 80 percent of the offense in three days, but much to his pleasure, there have been much fewer hiccups than expected.“Credit [that] to veteran experience,” Martin said. “We have quarterbacks who’ve been here that understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get done with the way we operate in our offense.”Quarterback BattleWhile Browne has held the edge in the quarterback position thus far, head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday was Darnold’s best practice of the spring. Helton was confident that Darnold completed over 70 percent of his passes.“I thought he was efficient, accurate,” Helton said. “I thought he played very fluid and timely. The ball came out quick. [In the past], he was holding onto the ball and making sure it was open. Now it’s just spitting out.”Browne, who has two more years of experience than Darnold, felt confident in his performance.“I feel comfortable,” Browne said. “I feel right where I want to be. I feel like I’m leading well, executing well, being efficient out there, which is all I can ask for.”A new Justin DavisSenior running back Justin Davis is looking to be more poised as one of the most experienced members of the backfield, aiming to focus on the bigger picture.“I’ve got to learn how the offense works, how the defense blocks, how the receivers move,” Davis said. “I can’t just worry about myself now. I’m past that now. I have to worry about the game as a whole and not just my part.”Davis said he can’t wait to run behind a stellar offensive line that is returning all its starters.“It’s the perfect right moment now,” Davis said. “We can get the running game going and turn some heads this fall.”last_img read more

Sakshi Malik and Ravinder win gold at South Asian Games

first_img LIVE TV The other Indian wrestlers competing were Pawan Kumar (86kg) and Anshu (59kg) in the women’s freestyle, and both the grapplers won gold medals in their categories. READ | 8 Years On, Number Of Boundaries In Virender Sehwag’s 219 Vs Windies Will Still Shock YouWhile Commonwealth Games gold medallist Pawan had to rely on his experience to win 4-1 against his Pakistani counterpart in the finals,  Anshu claimed the gold against the Sri Lankan wrestler within record 15 seconds of the bout.India so far has managed to win gold medals in all the 12 categories and will strive to impeccable record on the last day of the competition as Gaurav Baliyan (74kg) and Anita Sheoran (68kg) will take on the challenge in the men’s freestyle and women’s categories respectively.READ | Hyderabad: Saina Nehwal Reacts To Encounter Of Rape & Murder AccusedREAD | Satwik-Chirag, Para Shuttler Pramod Nominated For BWF Awards SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik and Ravinder lead India clinch four more gold medals on day three of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu on Sunday, December 8.While Sakshi was unstoppable on her way to the podium finish in the 62kg category, U-23 World silver medallist, Ravinder made it a golden double for India as he clinched top honours in the 61kg men’s freestyle.READ | Virat Kohli Just 25 Runs Away From Big T20I Milestone; Here’s What It IsFour more gold medals FOLLOW US Suman Ray center_img First Published: 8th December, 2019 23:23 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 8th December, 2019 23:23 IST Sakshi Malik And Ravinder Win Gold At South Asian Games Sakshi Malik and Ravinder lead India; clinch four more gold medals on day three of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu Sakshi won all her matches one-sided by pinning her opponents and bagging the matches one-sided with a steep margin of 10-0 to finish at the top. Ravinder, however, had to work hard to clinch his gold against Pakistan’s M Bilal after easily overcoming the challenge posed by Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi wrestlers in the earlier rounds.last_img read more