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Gautam Mukunda - Filtering For Leadership S1E4

Gautam Mukunda - Filtering For Leadership

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Today we have Gautam Mukunda, head of research for Rose Park Advisors, a venture firm in Boston.  Gautam is a leadership expert who studied economics at Harvard and has a Ph.D. in political science from MIT.  He was a professor at Harvard Business School previously and is the author of two books:  Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter and most recently Picking Presidents:  How to Make the Most Consequential Decision in the World.

Gautam was deeply influenced by his mentor Clayton Christensen’s work and has written two wonderful books on leadership.   We talk about how these ideas could be applied to investment management; discuss Stanley McCrystal, Ray Dalio, Jack Welch, and Jamie Dimon; and hear his excellent insights about disruptive innovation.

Full Bio:  Gautam Mukunda is an internationally recognized expert in leadership and innovation. He often jokes that his life’s ambition is to have the world’s most confusing resume and that he’s most of the way there. He is the Head of Research at Rose Park Advisors, a firm co-founded by his mentor Clayton Christensen that provides companies supported by the theory of disruptive innovation the capital investment and strategy that allows them to grow to make the world a better place. Gautam is also a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, the author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) and Picking Presidents: How To Make The Most Consequential Decision in the World (University of California Press, 2022), and the host of Nasdaq’s podcast World Reimagined with Gautam Mukunda. 

Gautam has been a professor at Harvard Business School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Slate, Fast Company, Parameters, Politics and the Life Sciences, and Systems and Synthetic Biology on topics including leadership, reforming the financial sector, military innovation, network-centric warfare, the security and economic implications of synthetic biology, and the TV show Mad Men. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Economist, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and on All Things Considered.

NOTE:  This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only.  Anything said by the guests or host should not be construed as legal or investment advice.  Thanks for listening.

FOLLOW GAUTAM:  https://twitter.com/gmukunda

GAUTAM’S PODCAST:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/world-reimagined/id1547874983

WEBSITE:  https://www.gautammukunda.com


Joe Reilly is a family office consultant, and the host of the Private Capital Podcast as well as the Inheritance Podcast. 

FOLLOW JOE: https://twitter.com/joereillyjr

WEBSITE: https://www.circulus.co/

INHERITANCE PODCAST:   https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-inheritance-podcast/id1644964247


Books Mentioned:

The Rules of the Game:  Jutland and the British Naval Command by Andrew Gordon

Wall Street Research - Past, Present, and Future by Boris Groysberg and Paul M. Healy

Men at Work by George Will


People Mentioned:

Admiral Sir John Jellicoe

Admiral Sir David Beatty

Stanley McCrystal

Ray Dalio

Jack Welch

Al Dunlap

Alan Mullally

Jamie Dimon


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