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Finding Where You Fit

A Conversation with Bill George

Bill George is a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and the former CEO and chairman of Medtronic. He’s also a founder of the George Family Foundation, which developed the Catalyst Initiative in 2014. Together, Chanda and Bill talked about the importance of finding a work culture that supports your authentic self, the pressures of leadership, and the connections between health, trauma, and growth.

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Bill George

Bill George is a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of Discover Your True North and The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, and True North Groups.

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. Bill has served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Target Corporation, and the World Economic Forum USA. He recently concluded his term as a trustee of the Mayo Clinic and has been board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Advamed.