Habitual Excellence — 6: Bill O’Rourke on Using Paul O’Neill’s Playbook


Welcome to Episode #6Habitual Excellence, presented by Value Capture.

Today, hostMark Grabanis joined by Bill O’Rourke, a former Alcoa vice president who was deeply influenced byour 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 bookThe 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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