Kings and Queens

November 15, 2007

Kings and Queens

m148_partycrowns.jpgFound a memorable quote that appeared in The New York Times at the same time I read the article on the next generation of CEOs (posted yesterday). The article was about how lessons from Shakespeare can prove invaluable for leaders today. There’s even a nice quote from JPMorgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon about the insights provided by Mr. Shakespeare.
A few years ago, I attended a Wharton Leadership Forum in Philadelphia and Ken Adelman re-enacted scenes from Shakespeare. He and his wife regularly teach Shakespearean lessons to executives through their smartly named company Movers and Shakespeares. I was so impressed that I never forgot how impressed I was with King Lear’s insights into power and duplicity.

The article also had a quote from a Shakespearean actor that resonated with me. “CEOs are the modern kings and queens of the global world,” said Kevin Coleman. The continuing interest in CEOs remains steadfast for just this reason. CEOs are the world’s royalty. He said it better.

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
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