In a previous life, I was the editor of the Southern Connecticut Business Journal and was lucky enough to hire a guy right out of Columbia named Adam Bryant. We all saw great things ahead for Adam, and we weren’t wrong.
Even if I didn’t know Adam, I’d rush each week to download his Corner Office feature from the Sunday New York Times, where he interviews corporate executives about their leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses, business successes and failures, approaches to interviewing job candidates, and giving feedback and advice for their kids or people starting out in business. It’s a great read…and can provide some terrific insight for readers working on their own personal brand, preparing for job interviews, or managing their careers.
My only quibble is that I’d like to see a bit more context around why each person is worth spending time with, some context on what that person has accomplished. For most of Adam’s subjects, it’s obvious. But with others, a bit more detail would be nice.
Here’s a link to last week’s article on Maigread Eichten, who heads FRS, a maker of energy drinks. Previous profile subjects include Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, John Chambers of Cisco, Anne Mulcahy of Xerox, and Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants. Use Corner Office in your search on the New York Times business pages and you’ll find all of them.