How We Lead Matters
You have chosen wisely.
—Grail Knight, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
In 2000, when I led Vivendi’s video games division, parent company Vivendi acquired media giant Universal. I e-mailed my boss arguing why I should be part of the team that would lead the integration of the two companies. I had worked on managing post-merger situations at McKinsey, I wrote; I had the right skills. It worked. I was selected to lead the effort that would “extract synergies” from the merger in the United States. I was to report directly to Vivendi’s chief operating officer in Paris. My appointment was announced in a press release following a board meeting. I was very excited.
Did I feel that my new job was fulfilling a noble ...