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Episode 89: Global Leadership: Strategically Navigating the Paradoxes of Crisis

April 9, 2021

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Blair Sheppard joined PwC in 2012 as Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership. Blair leads the team that is responsible for articulating PwC’s global strategy across 158 countries and the development of the current and next generation of PwC leaders. He is also Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Blair spent the majority of his career at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. During his tenure, Blair held several roles, including Associate Dean for Executive Education, during which Fuqua created one of the world’s first blended degrees, the Global Executive MBA, and founding CEO and Chairman of Duke Corporate Education, which was rated as the world’s top provider of custom executive education for nine years in a row. As Dean, Blair was also the primary architect of Duke Kunshan University in China, which opened in 2014. 

Blair has advised more than 100 companies and governments in the areas of leadership, corporate strategy, organizational relationships and design, and has published more than 50 books and articles. His most recent publications, A crisis of legitimacy and Adapting to a new world in strategy+business magazine, focus on the most acute global challenges facing the world today, including those of the post-COVID-19 landscape. And his book Ten years to midnight: four global crises and their strategic solutions was published in August 2020.

Blair is a regular speaker at high-caliber international forums including the Global Solutions Summit, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and Slush.

Blair is an international advisory board member at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and at the University of Oman.

Blair received his Doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois in 1980 and Masters from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) in 1977.

The world has 10 years to solve its urgent challenges or it will be too late. In his new book, TEN YEARS TO MIDNIGHT: Four Urgent Global Crises and Their Strategic Solutions (August 4, 2020; Berret-Koehler), Blair Sheppard sets out why that timeline is so crucial, what the most urgent challenges are and the key elements of a solution.

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