All posts by Jim Wetrich


Leymah Gwobee

Several years ago, when I was reading Sheryl Sanberg’s book, “Lean In”, I saw a reference to one of Sheryl’s favorite books, “Might Be Our Powers” by Leymah Gwobee.  I picked up that book right after I finished “Lean In”. It is a powerful story of Leymah’s work as a peace activist responsible for leading a women’s peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won.  Continue reading Leymah Gwobee


John Wooten

John Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row. Within this period, his teams won a men’s basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Wooden’s streak of seven consecutive NCAA Championships is even more remarkable and impressive because to this day no other coach or school has won the tournament more than two consecutive years.  Wooden was named national coach of the year six times. Continue reading John Wooten


The Lessons of Experience

Early in my career with Abbott Laboratories (1990/1991), I met with the head of human resources for the Hospital Products Division (HPD), which is now known as Hospira, to discuss how to advance at Abbott.  Tim Ring was the head of H.R. at the time and among other things he gave me the book, “The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job.”  That book changed my life and taught me the true lessons of experience….seek out diverse, challenging and turn around (risky) situations, opportunities and experiences. Continue reading The Lessons of Experience


Peter F. Drucker

As noted in Wikipedia:

Peter F. Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control, and he has been described as “the founder of modern management”. Continue reading Peter F. Drucker



This week’s reflection really needs no words; a quote from Tecumseh who was a Native American and leader of the Shawnee.

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his or her religion;
respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours. Continue reading Tecumseh


Pete Carroll

I have had the great pleasure of meeting Pete Carroll on a few occasions and watching him both from the stands as well as the field during football games at the University of Southern California (USC).  My wife, Nancy, and I were on the team plane heading to South Bend one year when we hit rough weather right before the landing in South Bend.  Here is a note of coverage from USA Today:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The plane carrying USC’s football team to South Bend plummeted during a severe thunderstorm, forcing the pilot to abort his first landing attempt. Continue reading Pete Carroll


Warren Bennis

From my perspective, one of the truly great modern writers about leadership is Warren Bennis.  Warren Bennis (March 8, 1925 – July 31, 2014) was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies. Bennis was University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. Continue reading Warren Bennis


Authentic Leadership

Last week, we looked into Heroic Leadership and one of my favorite books and authors.  Another author of leadership articles and books whom I respect greatly is Bill George.  Bill has written a number of fine books; he wrote Authentic Leadership a little more than a decade ago.  Bill is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.  He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002.  During Bill’s twelve-year leadership at Medtronic, the company’s market capitalization soared from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35% per year. Continue reading Authentic Leadership


Heroic Leadership

Undoubtedly much has been written about heroes, leaders, and I am sure, heroic leaders.  When I think about heroic leadership, I am particularly drawn to a book by Chris Lowney, entitled “Heroic Leadership”.  The following is from Chris’ website where his book is discussed:

“Chris Lowney’s landmark first book, Heroic Leadership… has been translated into eleven languages. Used widely in corporations and charitable organizations, it has also become a staple of business school and college curricula. The book challenges our assumptions and stereotypes about leadership   and invites each reader to embrace his or her own leadership opportunity and responsibility. Continue reading Heroic Leadership