Lean Blog Interviews — 227: Ruthie Davis & Steve Cook on “Do The Right Thing”

Joining me for episode #227 are Ruthie Davis and Stephen Cook, talking about the book that they edited, Do the Right Thing: Real Life Stories of Leaders Facing Tough Choices. While this episode isn’t focused on Lean, per se, I think you’ll enjoy the discussion and I highly recommend the book, which highlights the role of ethics and integrity in leadership… hence “doing the right thing” and being a great leader who others chose to follow. The book is inspired by the life and lessons of Don Davis, who served as CEO of Stanley Works (now Stanley Black & Decker) from 1966 to 1988. After retiring as CEO, Don volunteered to teach a leadership seminar for the MIT Leaders for Global Operations program, which I was fortunate to take as a student there. Ruthie is Don’s daughter and Steve was a student of Don’s at MIT, so they combined their efforts to publish a compilation of compelling stories from Don’s students about real life leadership challenges that they faced and how Don’s “leadership mantras” helped them in those times. Ruthie Davis is an entrepreneur and designer, the founder and CEO of the high-fashion Ruthie Davis shoes. Stephen Cook is currently a co-founder and Executive Managing Director of the private equity firm, LFM Capital. For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/227. Podcasts are sponsored by KaiNexus and their software that helps spread continuous improvement — Learn more at http://www.KaiNexus.com