SPA 362 – Spring 2019
Leadership Development  Lab II

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Week 6 – Business and Technology II:  Andy Grove and Tricia Griffith

This week we look at two more interesting business leaders.

Andy Grove

As a child, Andras Grof and his Jewish family hid from the Nazis as they swept through Hungary and sent a half million Hungarian Jews to concentration camps.  He survived to live under Communism and the invasion by the Soviet Union.  In 1956, at age 20, with no money and little English, he escaped and made his way to New York, and changed his name to Andy Grove.  He worked as a busboy, and married a waitress, another refugee. Within six years, he had a bachelor’s and Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering.  After working with integrated circuits in California, he co-founded Intel in 1968.  They launched the “microcomputer revolution” and the future that became the PC, the Mac, laptop, and eventually your mobile phone.

We’re using all selections this week that your classmates have chosen

  1. Andy Grove’s Warning to Silicon Valley
  2. Andy Grove on Trade, Globalization, and Defending America’s Economy’s-economy
  3. Andy Grove and the Value of Facing Reality a.
  4. Andy Grove: How America Can Create More Jobs and here
  5. Andy Grove on the Confident Leader
  6. Intel at 50: Andy Grove, Time’s Man of the Year


Tricia Griffith

Tricia Griffith is CEO of Progressive Insurance, one of the few females to lead a Fortune 500 company, and Fortune’s first female Businessperson of the Year – in 2018.  In her roles at Progressive, she started Progressive’s diversity and inclusion program.  How did she begin her career?  As a regular frontline worker: a claims representative in Indiana.

  1. Watch this CEO reflect on her 30 years of working her way to the top
  2. Fortune’s 2018 Businessperson of the Year is Finally a Woman
  3. A Q&A with a One-Year-Old CEO
  4. Meet the CEO of the Insurance Company Growing Faster than Apple

You classmates also wrote all the prompts this week:

  1. How is Grove’s role as CEO of Intel different from Griffith’s role as CEO of Progressive? Are their perceptions of effective leadership and management similar or different? How have their unique experiences shaped these perceptions? Have their decades when serving as a CEO contributed to these similarities and/or differences?
  2. How have the career trajectories of Grove and Griffith brought them to their positions as CEOs and how was their prior experience beneficial in transforming them into leaders?
  3. What are the prospective aims and goals of Grove and Griffith in creating a successful business? What are their priorities and how does this reflect in their leadership styles/approaches to leadership?
  4. What do Grove’s and Griffith’s paths to their positions as CEOs have to do with leadership? What does it say about those who serve in leadership positions? Griffith mentions the importance of approachability as a leader, how much do you value approachability as a leader?
  5. How did/are these leaders evolving with the social and technological progress of the 21st century? How do these leaders utilize these tools to their benefit and how does this reflect in their approaches to leadership?
  6. Thinking back to the past couple of weeks, given the different natures of their leadership positions, what are some differences in leadership styles of people like Grove and Griffith and people like Gbowee and Karman?

As ever, you might also write about something not listed here but that made a striking impact on you…have fun