Richard Lummis and I are back and today for our initial podcast of 2020 and the second decade of the 21stCentury. Today, we take a look at leadership lessons from the rise and fall of Adam Neumann, the former CEO of WeWork.


Highlights of this podcast include:

  1. How did Neumann obtain the amplified shareholder rights and how did that contribute to his downfall?
  2. What was the role of Softbank in enabling Neumann?
  3. What is the role of a visionary after the vision is gone?
  4. How was Neumann enabled by the conflicts of interest?
  5. Where were the professional managers for WeWork?
  6. Why was the abortive IPO pulled and what does it demonstrate about leadership in a company seeking to go public?

Resources

Curse of the Cult of the Founder

The Rise and Fall of Adam Neumann

Adam Neumann’s Over the Top Style

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