Kevin Sharer

The Case for Optimism
Campus News, Kevin Sharer

The Case for Optimism

This may seem a strange time to make a case for optimism. There are so many serious issues in the United States and the wider world. It is hard to know where to start. Here is a partial list of the challenges: endless wars in the Middle East; an increasingly totalitarian China; climate change; racism;…

The Three Graces for MBAs Today
Commentary, Featured, Kevin Sharer

The Three Graces for MBAs Today

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. The Three Graces is a famous marble neoclassical sculpture executed by the Italian artist Antonio Canova in the early 19th century. The graces are meant to represent the three daughters of Zeus, who personified mythological…

Corporate Purpose?
Commentary, Kevin Sharer

Corporate Purpose?

Fortune magazine reported that on August 19, 2019, the Business Roundtable announced a new purpose for the corporation. Why did this 300-word, not particularly specific (and certainly not binding on anyone) declaration receive such widespread attention? Why should HBS students care? What might it mean for business and society? In short, is this a big…

Professor Culp’s Master Class
Industry Insights, Kevin Sharer

Professor Culp’s Master Class

Larry Culp is an HBS grad (MBA ’90), enormously successful former CEO of Danaher, subject of several HBS cases, HBS Senior Lecturer, and my good friend. As you may know, since October 2018 he has been on leave from the faculty for services to GE as Chairman and CEO. A bit of full disclosure. I…

Dealing with Anxiety
Kevin Sharer, News, On Campus, Print Edition

Dealing with Anxiety

Recently two former CEOs of large multinational companies (one British and one American) were talking about the most serious mental health problems that exist in the large American and British universities they each chair. Surprisingly the challenge on both sides of the Atlantic and echoed at two university chair meetings they had just attended was…

More Women CEOs
Industry Insights, Kevin Sharer

More Women CEOs

Mary Barra, the highly regarded CEO of General Motors pictured above, is part of a very, very small group of women CEOs.  Mary is a GM lifer who rose through the manufacturing ranks to earn the job five years ago. Despite decades of focus, effort, progress and learning women like Mary are vastly underrepresented in…

The Golden State
Kevin Sharer, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

The Golden State

It is the season for the EC to close in on career choices and the RC to lock in internships. The realization is dawning that HBS is actually a twenty month experience that quickly is over. You must have questions. What industry? What functional area? What company? Compensation in the first few years? Experiences of…

Enabling Ecosystems
Campus News, Featured, Kevin Sharer, Outside the Bubble

Enabling Ecosystems

Many powerful and influential men are being called out and finally being held to account for egregious behavior towards women that range from truly monstrous to profoundly stupid and wrong.  This is long overdue.  The history of mankind has a few enduring themes.  Some are inspiring, and some are discouraging.  The fact that men have…

Commit to Growth
Academics, Campus News, Kevin Sharer, On Campus

Commit to Growth

We hear a lot about growth. So much that perhaps you just tune out the message as part of the background noise. Growth? We need jobs, money to live on and pay back loans, life partners, children, friends, and a little (very little) time for ourselves. Check with me later. Besides, have we not been…

Moral Authority
Campus News, Kevin Sharer

Moral Authority

Thomas Friedman got me thinking the other day when, in a surprisingly agitated commentary (he’s usually pretty calm and measured) he talked about the difference between formal authority and moral authority.   If you’re not familiar with Friedman, you should be.  He is a widely acclaimed author and columnist, winner of three Pulitzers and now serves as…

What Are the Elites To Do
General Management, Kevin Sharer, News

What Are the Elites To Do

You may wonder why this subject has anything to do with you as you work hard at school, try to find a job, and balance a hopefully fulfilling and busy personal life with everything else that is going on. For most of you, let’s not even talk about your current balance sheet and cash flows….

On Leadership In Health Care And Giving Back: An Interview with Professor Sharer, Former Amgen CEO
HomePost, Industry Insights, Kevin Sharer, Print Edition

On Leadership In Health Care And Giving Back: An Interview with Professor Sharer, Former Amgen CEO

At HBS, we are lucky enough to be taught by some of the most experienced leaders. Professor Kevin Sharer is the former CEO of Amgen and sits on the boards of Chevron and Northrop Grumman. He currently teaches two sessions of General Management — Processes and Action. During his 20+ years of leadership, Amgen grew…

Aim High?
Culture, HomePost, Industry Insights, Kevin Sharer, Opinion, Print Edition

Aim High?

By Harvard Business School Professor Kevin Sharer, Former Amgen Chairman & CEO  Bill floated on air as he headed out of his office, toward the bar down the street.  His annual review had exceeded his highest hopes.  He knew he was good, but this confirmed to him that others knew it too. “Your achievements this…

Kevin Sharer: Beware the Press
Culture, HomePost, Kevin Sharer, Print Edition

Kevin Sharer: Beware the Press

HBS Professor Kevin Sharer, former CEO of Amgen, shares his insights on how to approach and handle the press. Sometime in your career and perhaps much earlier than you now imagine, you will find yourself working with the press or being a subject of press interest. This possibility may conjure pleasant thoughts of personal or…

A Memo to VW’s CEO, Dr. Müller
Culture, Current Events, HomePost, Kevin Sharer, News, Outside the Bubble

A Memo to VW’s CEO, Dr. Müller

Professor Kevin Sharer, former CEO of Amgen, has some advice for leaders who find themselves charged with investigating and cleaning up a catastrophe. It has happened again. For the at least fifth time in fifteen years another enormous, preventable, and egregious transgression has been purposefully or carelessly committed by a previously respected company. It will…

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