Leadership Lessons – News & Praise

May 11, 2022

When I mention my recently released book Leadership Lessons with The Beatles, people are curious about the background.

Bruce Rosenstein, Managing editor of the journal Leader to Leader had three fascinating and insightful questions for me related to the book.

1. You have an extensive background in education and mentoring. How do these areas continue to inform your life on a day-to-day basis, and what role, if any, did they play in the research, planning, and writing of your new book?

2. Your technology and business backgrounds are also quite extensive. Based on the material in your book, or elsewhere, what commonalities between these fields do you see with the arts as a whole, not just music, especially as we move into a seemingly technology/AI-dominated future?

3. There continues to be a steady outpouring of books, videos, movies, and so on about or related to The Beatles. But do you find that people in young age groups worldwide have a strong awareness of and interest in The Beatles, not only in terms of their music, but their continued importance as a worldwide cultural phenomenon?

Want to know my answers?

Read it on his blog:

May 9, 2022

I am delighted to share my article, “The Hidden Powers of Vulnerability and Humility,” published in the prestigious journal “Leader to Leader.”

Abstract:

“The author adapts lessons from her new book Leadership Lessons with The Beatles, drawing on what she’s learned from that iconic band, and how it can be applied by organizations and individual leaders. She writes from the perspective of an engineer who became a global software leader. The two Beatles song titles she writes about here are “Help!” for vulnerability, and “Within You and Without You,” for humility. She also writes about her own leadership journey, and discusses principles of mentorship and collaboration. She uses the example of a product manager, and how that person’s work fits into an organization. She writes that the “role of a product manager in a technical organization provides a great example of a vulnerable leader.” For humility, she writes about a leader she knows who embodies that term: Anand Deshpande, founder, chair, and managing director of the software firm Persistent Systems in India, a publicly traded global technology service provider. The characteristics of humility that she further describes are self-awareness, gratitude, integrity, learning, and listening. Within learning, she writes: ‘Read voraciously. Reflect on what you read and then write. Your thoughts are clarified, and you can make sense of what you read when you do. Influential leaders are lifelong learners.'”

I invite you to give it a read. Here is the link to the online publication.

Thank you, Bruce Rosenstein, Sarah McArthur and Frances Hesselbein

New Year’s Day lessons from The Beatles (Hindustan Times)

“It taught them to develop humility, tenacity, understanding their audience, the flair — who doesn’t remember the vigorous head-shaking — that woos the audience,” says Mohan whose book “Leadership Lessons with The Beatles” is slated for publication in May 2022.

January 1, 2022

New Years’ Day Lessons from The Beatles (Deutsche Welle)

“I believe those who perform, write, and entertain are some of the most resilient people in the world. Think about writers — they encounter so many rejections before their work gets published. Think about actors who try out for many roles before landing one. Any artist who has been working as one for 10, 20, 30 years is already resilient. Those who are starting their artistic career may not be. However, they are also probably very attuned to the new artistic mediums — YouTube, the internet, Instagram, etc. They make it work,” Shantha Mohan, mentor and project guide at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus tells DW.

December 20, 2021

“How can The Beatles help all of us—engineers, musicians, techies, leaders, and everyday folks—live and lead creatively?”

I enjoyed chatting with Michael Alcee about the documentary Get Back. It was a wonderful, noteworthy conversation considering my book Leadership Lessons with The Beatles is going to be out in May 2022. Thanks to Adam Grant for connecting me with Michael.

The Beatles Gift That Keeps On Giving