Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald’s, was EBC’s March, 2011 speaker.
Some takeaways from Leading a Superpower:
Know what your company does best and don’t hire outsiders to improve it. McDonald’s manages operations better than any other company in the world, arguably. It was when advice about operations was taken from those outside the company that McDonald’s lost steam.
Hire from within when possible, it helps morale and motivates employees.
Take a healthy dose of realism with your ambition. Leading a superpower sounds glamorous and exciting, but the sacrifices one has to make to get there are not for everyone.