Using Your Power for Good with Ginni Rometty

Meet Ginni:

Fifty years ago, Ginni Rometty’s father walked out of her life, leaving behind her mother and her younger siblings to fend for themselves. As Ginni watched her mom slowly move up in the workforce, she learned the difference between access and aptitude – a lesson she has taken with her through her incredible career.

Three years ago, Ginni retired as IBM’s president, chairman, and CEO. Today, she co-chairs OneTen foundation, an organization that aims to close the opportunity gap for Black talent and others who do not have a four-year degree. At one point in her life, she was the most powerful person at one of the world’s largest companies. At another, she was almost powerless. That life story has made her think deeply about the dynamics in the world around her. She has even written a book about them called Good Power, which takes the reader through who has clout, who needs it, and perhaps most importantly, how to do the most good with it. 

In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Ginni about what “good power” looks like in action, the power of a good attitude, listening with the intent to learn and the value in finding what you are in service of.


[:30] You define who you are 

[3:30] Good power

[8:00] Attitude

[13:40] Being prepared gave me confidence

[17:10] Appealing to the heart and mind

Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World, by Ginni Rometty

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong, by Eric Barker

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, by Adam Grant

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