May 31, 2012, St. Regis Hotel, New York City: Onstage with me is Bill Ackman (hedge-fund activist), along with Jack Welch (ex-CEO, General Electric) as the moderator. About a hundred CEOs are intently listening to our discussion on making company managements more accountable. As we intensely debate shareholder activism and corporate governance, I remind the audience that we must also think of the people in organizations who actually make success happen. I can see heads nodding as I speak. People make the decisive difference. That is the main subject of this book.

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