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Medtronic CEO Bill George: Still Searching for Authenticity

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Under Bill George's leadership the medical technology company’s market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging an annual 35 percent increase. Earlier in his career he was an executive with Honeywell, Litton Industries and served in the Department of Defense. Since leaving Minneapolis for Cambridge, Mass. to become a professor at Harvard Business School, George has turned into the Diogenes of executive management, searching for and occasionally finding what he calls “authentic” leaders--men and women who lead effectively because they are, first, honest with themselves.

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