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Welcome to Episode #6 of Habitual Excellence, presented by Value Capture.
Today, host Mark Graban is joined by Bill O'Rourke, a former Alcoa vice president who was deeply influenced by our founder (and former Alcoa CEO), the late Paul O'Neill. In the episode, Bill shares his recollections and reflections about Mr. O'Neill joining Alcoa and why he calls him “the most enlightened leader I've ever known.” Bill also talks about how he used Mr. O'Neill's “playbook” when he led the Alcoa business in Russia.
Bill is the author of the book The Business Ethics Field Guide: The Essential Companion to Leading Your Career and Your Company to Greatness, which has a foreword by Mr. O'Neill, which includes this:
“Everything a leader does is examined by the people in the organization. Your people will compare what you do with what you say. What you do defines you and becomes the default standard for your organization.”
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Written by Mark Graban
Mark Graban has served healthcare clients since 2005. Mark is internationally recognized as a leading author and speaker on Lean healthcare. His latest book is "The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation."