Ep 145. Jeff Sonnenfeld: The Social Imperative of Business - Work and Life with Stew Friedman
Jeff Sonnenfeld is the senior associate dean of leadership programs, the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, and founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance. Previously he was on the faculty at Emory’s Guizueta Business School and Harvard Business School. Sonnenfeld's research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management, and his work is regularly cited by the general media in outlets including BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, as well as PBS, where he is a regular commentator for FORTUNE and CNBC. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity. BusinessWeek listed him as one of the world’s 10 most influential business school professors, and Directorship magazine has listed him among the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance. He is the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
In this episode Stew and Jeff talk about the changing climate among business leaders. Mainstream industries are becoming more progressive than historically progressive companies and are not waiting for government regulation, but pushing back against government de-regulation. They also discuss how to handle career setbacks in the face of public humiliations.