15 08, 2019

Purpose needs a friend

2019-08-15T22:58:37+00:002019/08/15 at 10:58 PM|Tags: , |

By Pia Lee, CEO, LIW

A recent trans-Pacific flight whizzed by with the compelling accompaniment of John Carreyrou’s ‘Bad Blood.’ It chronicles the rise and fall of Theranos, a medical technology company which falsely claimed to have devised blood tests from […]

28 04, 2016

This happy place

2017-02-13T10:55:49+00:002016/04/28 at 12:58 PM|Tags: , , , |

By Pia Lee, CEO, LIW

Imagine hosting an event for over 50,000 people – young, old, abled, disabled – from across the planet and delighting them 365 days a year for 60 years? Add to that a sense of magic which revives the weary from a stressed-out and always-on world.

A recent trip to Disney reduced my […]

2 12, 2015

Caring really is sharing

2017-02-13T10:55:54+00:002015/12/02 at 3:59 PM|Tags: , , |

The Wall Street journal reported last week that Sanofi and AstraZeneca are sharing their compound libraries to accelerate new drug development.

This is a rare and exciting move in a world where compounds are traditionally the ‘secret sauce’ of the next breakthrough.


What does this mean for leadership?

First, in today’s post-blockbuster world, pharma companies will have to […]

1 07, 2015

To lead in complexity, keep it simple

2017-02-13T10:55:55+00:002015/07/01 at 2:41 PM|Tags: , , |

The temptation in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world is to be the same yourself.  Maybe not literally but it is easy to try to keep up and handle the complexity through being faster, more sophisticated and by multi-tasking.

Admit it, you have handled an email in a meeting in the last week, […]

10 12, 2014

Oversight, not hindsight

2016-01-19T03:28:38+00:002014/12/10 at 3:53 PM|Tags: , , , , , |

Torture, according to US Senator John McCain “compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies”.  That distinction became less clear this week.

The Senate intelligence committee’s report into torture by the CIA in the years after 9/11 makes difficult reading, including many cruel and unusual techniques that yielded little information but certainly “stained” the national honour.

Bad […]

5 11, 2014

Should your leadership be a little more Hollywood?

2016-01-19T03:29:24+00:002014/11/05 at 9:32 PM|Tags: , , , |

The Economist, a bastion of seriousness, has taken a look at Hollywood and found that it is more Snow White than dwarf in running its business.

For leaders, two qualities of the studios stand out.  

One is the the balance of freedom and control: “Every company that employs creative people must think about how to harness their […]

13 09, 2014

Purpose and leadership: better together

2017-02-13T10:56:22+00:002014/09/13 at 6:26 AM|Tags: , , , |

As the referendum on Scottish independence nears and the polls get even closer, things are hotting up.  The leaders of the three major parties visited Scotland this week to support the ‘Better Together’ campaign.

The less charitable commentators pointed out that seeing three English politicians could be a gift for the other side but some strong leadership did, surprisingly, […]