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  • February 1, 2011 12:23 PM UTC by Liz Claman

    Favorite Books, Most Admired leaders. The World According to My Davos Interviewees

    I did something different this year at Davos. After nearly all my 35+ interviews I conducted over 3 days at the World Economic Forum this year, I asked just about every CEO, each leader, to name one of their favorite books along with the world or business leader whom they admire the very most.

     I personally admire each of these interviewees for various reasons. I think we can all learn something from them, and I thought this might be a good beginning. Check out the list. I’ve put asterisks by the books I myself haven’t read but will now, upon these recommendations.

    Thanks for wanting to learn alongside me.
    –Liz

    Muhtar Kent, CEO, Coca Cola
    Book:
    “Ascent of Money” by Niall Ferguson
    “I love books on economic observations. This is one of the best.”
    Leader: “President Barack Obama. He’s accomplished something amazing by becoming president. Young people need to know that it’s all about the odds, how you face them, deal with them, and overcome them.”

    Bob Diamond, CEO, Barclays
    Book: “Brown at 10″** by Anthony Seldon.  “About Gordon Brown’s years at 10 Downing.  The most turbulent in post-war history.”
    Leader: President Bill Clinton
    “He’s a passionate citizen of the U.S. but more importantly, a passionate citizen of the world.”

    Rich Gelfond, CEO, IMAX

    Book: **”Life” by Keith Richards.  “The guy’s had an incredibly eclectic and interesting life that no one else has *ever* lived.”

    Leader: Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple.  “He’s the modern day Thomas Edison when it comes to innovation and business judgement.”

    Stanley Fischer, Head of Israel’s Central Bank
    Book: **”To the End of the Land” by David Grossman
    “Fascinating and riveting.”
    Leader: Israeli President Shimon Peres
    “He’s done everything, been involved in the entire history of Israel… so many achievements you can’t enumerate.”

    Kareem Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
    Book: “I’m reading too many to pick one!”
    Leader: Singaporean statesman Lee Kuan Yew
    “He can make anything happen.”

    Mike Splinter, CEO, Applied Materials

    Book: “The Truth About Leadership” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

    Leader: Mike McCarthy, Head coach of the Super Bowl- bound Green Bay Packers.  “He led an injury-ridden group to the top of the football world against the odds. The first NFC 6th seeded team to make the super bowl. Returning glory to tittle town USA.”

    Sir Martin Sorrell, Chairman and CEO, WPP
    Book: **”Sorrell & Son” by Warwick Deeping
    “My father’s parents came from Russia but because of anti-semitism, my grandfather had to change the family name. He chose ‘Sorrell’ after this book because it was so good.”
    Leader: President John F. Kennedy
    “He made the greatest impression on me.”

    Shai Agassi, CEO, Better Place

    Book: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

    Leader: Bill Gates, founder, Microsoft.  “He’s showing there’s a role for private enterprise in tackling social problems.  He’s carrying on the legacy of the Rockefellers and the Carnegie Mellons.”

    Adam Lashinsky, Sr. Managing Editor, Fortune
    Book: “To the End of the Land” (see Stanley Fischer)
    “It’s about a woman who walks the length of Israel while thinking and worrying that her son will die while serving in the military. It’s intense.”
    Leader: Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Facebook

    Tom Donahue, President, CEO of the U.S Chamber of Commerce
    Book: “Decision Points” by President George W. Bush
    “You realize the massive number of decisons this president had to make, and then you see that President Obama and future presidents will have even *more* decisions to make. It’s all-consuming.”
    Leader: Mexican President Felipe Calderon
    “One of the most courageous presidents in the world. The U.S. must provide more help to him and Mexico NOW.”

    Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Nissan-Renault
    Book: “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink
    “My son gave it to me and I love it.”
    Leader: still thinking, there are many

    Ken Powell, CEO, General Mills
    Book:
    “Anything by Jonathan Franzen. ‘Freedom’, ‘The Corrections’…He’s just a tremendous author.”
    Leader: Josette Sheeran, Head of the World Food Program.
    “She’s figuring out how to feed a billion people, how to make the money go farther, and she’s pulling it off. Impressive.”

    Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners
    Book:
    **”The Tender Bar” by JR Moehringer
    “It’s an uplifting story in a place and manor you’d never expect.”
    Leader:  John Chambers, CEO, Cisco. ”He drove the building of the internet, through acquisition and consolidation.  He delivered the infrastructure we now take for granted along with building, for a time, the most valuable company on earth.”

    Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, SAP
    Book:
    **”Leadership” by John Wooden
    “He was so much more than just a sports figure.”
    Leader: President Barack Obama
    “He was dealt a tough hand and done a good job with it.”

    Luis Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
    Book:
    **”100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    “It’s the best description of the many contrasts in Latin America.”
    Leader: President Bill Clinton
    “One of the most amazing figures ever.”

    Richard Edelman, Edelman and Company

    Book: “George Washington” by Ron Chernow.  “It’s about an imperfect man who was still incredibly good at distilling information and making decisions.

    Leader: Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.  “She’s doing an amazing job of transforming the company, she’s a great manager. Full disclosure: She’s a client!”

    Alan Murray, Sr. Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal

    Book: “This Time It’s Different” by Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart.  “It’s a great assessment of the financial crisis.”

    Leader:  Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company

    “He’s making it happen every day. Getting it done.”

    Alan Salzman, VantagePoint Ventures

    Book: “The Power of Many” by Meg Whitman

    Leader: The current Chinese leadership.  “They’re committed to and understanding that Clean Tech is the Industrial Revolution of the 21st century.

    Joe Jiminez, CEO, Novartis

    Book: “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.  “It’s about people who stand out and do what it takes to stand out.”

    Leader: Abraham Lincoln.  “He had unique leadership skills. He had humility but also relentless will.”

    Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE-Euronext

    Book: Any Robert Frost poetry book

    Leader: Hu Jintao, People’s Republic of China.  “The Chinese are managing challenges very well.”

    Jim Quigley, CEO, Deloitte & Touche

    Book: “Made in America” by Andrew Liveris.  “Liveris’ leadership in pushing for manufacturing resurgence in the U.S. is admirable.”

    on its game active sales.(Business)

    The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) January 28, 2008 ON ITS GAME The U.S. economy may be limping, but one sector went into overdrive in 2007: the video-game industry. According to market research firm NPD Group, retail sales of game hardware and software hit $17.9 billion last year, a 43 percent increase over 2006.

    Hardware sales drove the surge, jumping 54 percent, and Nintendo reaped the most benefit. Americans bought 8.5 million Nintendo DS portables and 6.3 million Wii consoles, despite reported Wii shortages.

    Software sales were led by Microsoft’s “Halo 3,” with more than 4.8 million copies sold. But Nintendo had a great year in software sales, too, with “Wii Play,” “Super Mario Galaxy,” “Pokemon Diamond” and “Mario Party 8″ all landing in 2007’s top 10. go to web site pokemon diamond pokedex

    ACTIVE SALES The big winner in 2007 among third-party game publishers (those not named Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony) was Activision, thanks to “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and continuing sales of 2006’s “Guitar Hero II.” Between the different “GH” releases on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStations 2 and 3, as well as the stopgap release “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s,” the series sold “over $820 million at U.S. retail, which is a record for any single franchise in any one year,” NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. And Activision reported that “GHIII” players have downloaded 5 million copies of extra songs to play in the game since its launch in October.

    Electronic Arts and MTV Games’ “Rock Band” isn’t moving those kinds of numbers, probably because the whole kit and caboodle (with drums, guitar and microphone) is so much more expensive. Still, “Rock Band” fans have downloaded 2.5 million songs since the game arrived in November. “Rock Band” best-sellers are a three-song pack of Metallica tunes and a cover of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero.” The publishers offer new content just about every week; this week brings three tracks from Oasis, including the modern rock staple “Wonderwall.” MTV says full albums (like the long-promised “Who’s Next”) are right around the corner.

    - Lou Kesten, The Associated Press The U.S. economy may be limping, but one sector went into overdrive in 2007: the video-game industry. According to market research firm NPD Group, retail sales of game hardware and software hit $17.9 billion last year, a 43 percent increase over 2006. site pokemon diamond pokedex

    Hardware sales drove the surge, jumping 54 percent, and Nintendo reaped the most benefit. Americans bought 8.5 million Nintendo DS portables and 6.3 million Wii consoles, despite reported Wii shortages.

    Software sales were led by Microsoft’s “Halo 3,” with more than 4.8 million copies sold. But Nintendo had a great year in software sales, too, with “Wii Play,” “Super Mario Galaxy,” “Pokemon Diamond” and “Mario Party 8″ all landing in 2007’s top 10. The big winner in 2007 among third-party game publishers (those not named Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony) was Activision, thanks to “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and continuing sales of 2006’s “Guitar Hero II.” Between the different “GH” releases on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStations 2 and 3, as well as the stopgap release “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s,” the series sold “over $820 million at U.S. retail, which is a record for any single franchise in any one year,” NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. And Activision reported that “GHIII” players have downloaded 5 million copies of extra songs to play in the game since its launch in October.

    Electronic Arts and MTV Games’ “Rock Band” isn’t moving those kinds of numbers, probably because the whole kit and caboodle (with drums, guitar and microphone) is so much more expensive. Still, “Rock Band” fans have downloaded 2.5 million songs since the game arrived in November. “Rock Band” best-sellers are a three-song pack of Metallica tunes and a cover of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero.” The publishers offer new content just about every week; last week brought three tracks from Oasis, including the modern rock staple “Wonderwall.” MTV says full albums (like the long-promised “Who’s Next”) are right around the corner.

    Benilde and Eden Prairie escape; The two schools will meet for the state championship on Thursday after a pair of one-goal semifinals.(SPORTS)

    Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) June 8, 2011 Byline: MICHAEL RAND; STAFF WRITER On a day when the rest of the Twin Cities was doing everything in its power to cool down, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys’ lacrosse team never fully heated up.

    But the undefeated, top-seeded and defending state champion Red Knights learned a lesson in perseverance in their state tournament semifinal Tuesday against fourth-seeded Burnsville, scoring three goals in the first four minutes of the second half and hanging on for an 11-10 victory and a berth in Thursday’s championship game at Chanhassen High School against Eden Prairie, which had an equally tough time beating White Bear Lake 5-4. That will be a rematch of an earlier meeting won 10-6 by the Red Knights. But it almost didn’t happen. website chanhassen high school

    “They made us earn everything,” BSM head coach Colin Mulcahy said of Burnsville. “We had to work twice as hard as we have all year.” With the starting time pushed from 6 to 7 p.m. because of excessive heat, the Red Knights looked out of sorts early and found themselves down 5-3 hole in the second quarter.

    Benilde rallied to tie the score 6-6 at the break and built an 11-7 lead in the fourth quarter. But Burnsville continued to keep BSM attacker Will Hoesley off the scoreboard — he had a team-high 63 goals coming in — and moved within a goal with just under a minute remaining before falling short. BSM had seven different players score, led by three goals from midfielder Taylor Topousis.

    In addition to the later starting time, teams in the first semifinal were given a one-minute break roughly halfway through each of the four quarters as a safety precaution. Burnsville coach Jesse Schelitzche said his players were spent afterward, but not because of the conditions.

    “They were tired more just because they played their brains out,” he said. web site chanhassen high school

    EP scores with 10.8 seconds left Mitch Hugdahl is used to feeling a sense of accomplishment after Eden Prairie victories. After Tuesday’s semifinal victory over White Bear Lake, he primarily felt relief.

    Hugdahl, a senior who teams with twin brother Matt to give the Eagles a dynamic duo, appeared to have given Eden Prairie a 4-1 lead midway through the third quarter before his goal was disallowed — and he was sent off with a penalty — for using an illegal stick. White Bear Lake scored twice with the ensuing advantage, and suddenly the game was 3-3 heading into the final quarter.

    “I was just praying,” Hugdahl said. “I was hoping I didn’t just ruin the season.” His teammates had his back. After the teams traded goals, sophomore Riley Woodring scored with 10.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

    “When things go wrong, you have to rise to the occasion,” said Hugdahl, who added that he had his stick checked before the game and was told it was legal.

    The abrupt finish ended a dream run for third-seeded White Bear Lake, which advanced to the state tournament after being seeded sixth in Section 4.

    “They have nothing to hang their heads about,” White Bear Lake coach Brandon Husak said. “They had a heck of a game.” BOYS’ LACROSSE STATE SEMIFINALS BENILDE-ST. MARGARET’S 11, BURNSVILLE 10 -EDEN PRAIRIE 5, WHITE BEAR LAKE 4

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  • Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Her debut included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett.

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