The Thiry file Featured

7:00pm EDT December 31, 2006

Age: 50

Born: Milwaukee

Bachelor of arts degree, political science, Stanford; MBA with honors, Harvard Business School

What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?
Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, leadership is in the eye of those you lead. You are not the leader you think you are, you are they leader they think you are.

What type of people do you admire most in business?
Leaders who create work environments that are simultaneously fulfilling and competitively strong. Life is too short to concede that work should be anything but fulfilling, no matter what the task is.

How do you define success in business?
Competitive success combined with a work environment that is marked by a high level of mutual emotional commitment and trust.