This week’s conversation is with Bob Wright, who served as vice chairman of General Electric and president, CEO, and chairman of NBC and NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007.

Prior to that, he served as president of General Electric Financial Services and before that as president of Cox Cable Communications.

Bob’s had a diversified career in law, general management, marketing, and television and has been inducted into the Advertising, Broadcasting and Cable Halls of Fame.

He is also the co-founder of Autism Speaks and founder of The Suzanne Wright Foundation

Bob’s major focus right now is on The Suzanne Wright Foundation and his CodePurple campaign which are both fighting pancreatic cancer.

In this conversation we touch on leadership, passion and accountability.

“Leadership comes from being able to create objectives, explain to people why they are there, and then explain how we’re going to get there.”

In This Episode:

  • Growing up being held accountable by his mom and her friends… inspired him to do well in school
  • Learning to hold himself accountable and not blame others
  • The path that led him to practicing law and how it helped him develop confidence
  • His definition of leadership
  • -The hardest thing about leading other people
  • Where he generated his framework for seeing the world optimistically
  • What he’s most hungry for… making a difference with autism and pancreatic cancer
  • His philosophy… passion and accountability
  • How he defines success
  • What he hopes the next generation gets right… ability to adapt quickly

 

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Quotables:

“The difference between a dreamer and visionary is execution.”

“You have to have passion and you have to accept responsibility for what you want to accomplish. Those are the two things that guide me.”

“Realism can kill you.”

 

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Bob Wright is an American lawyer, businessman, philanthropist, and author. He is a former NBC executive, having served as president and CEO from 1986 to 2001, and chairman and CEO from 2001 until he retired in 2007.