Anatomy Of A Decision Series Highlights Skills Necessary To Climb To The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

GLG recently produced a series of videos that include interviews with a number of business leaders who have different backgrounds in the business world. GLG, the world’s leading membership network for professional learning, focused its Anatomy of a Decision series on the decision-making process that these leaders used to make some of the most difficult choices of their careers.

Each of the participants in the video series offered advice about how future leaders should approach critical decisions. Several of the participants also discussed ways they wish they had done things differently throughout their careers as well. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights from the five-part series.

Series Highlights

For former Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) CEO Jeff Kindler, the key to his business success was an open mind.

“I started saying I should be open to whatever comes along,” Kindler said. “And that led me down all kinds of different paths I never would have predicted.”

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said preparation and confidence go a long way in the business world.

“When you have to confront powerful people about unpleasant things that they don’t want to talk about like their personal finances or their campaign finances, you develop a kind of calm steadiness that allows you not to get horribly nervous,” Abramson said.

Pamela Thomas-Graham, former Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE: CS) board member, CEO of CNBC and the first ever African-American partner at McKinsey & Co., had some advice for anyone who is subjected to discrimination in the workplace. She said anger is often not constructive, but direct, open dialogue can be.

“You can be angry and you can be frustrated, but if you really want to change people’s behavior you have to meet them where they are,” she…

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