Welcome to On Global Leadership
On Global Leadership invites organizations and individuals to look for new ways of thinking about leadership development, geopolitical economics, and smart capitalism to propel growth, innovation, and opportunity.
OGL offers thought leadership through its portal that provides a variety of analyses about leadership in the global economy and, in particular, life in China. Our lens is always a mixture of political economic analysis combined with boots-on-the-ground experience.
Our work – research reports, insight posts, podcasts, books, reports (a subscription business), and certain advisory services, – are mindful of new ways of thinking and how to move organizations and individuals forward in the 21st century.
We are able to fully optimize opportunities and relationships because we are able to look beyond the obvious, especially given our expertise and experience in the subject matter. Through strategic knowledge sharing, we not only provide insight into global problems and challenges through our digital communications, we also are able to make our sister companies stand out in the crowd with thought-leadership-based executive education and leadership development.
Our network of international experts and thought leaders contributes regularly to the On Global Leadership blog, providing deep insights into critical issues in China, around leadership development, and in building sustainable modern cities. Our OGL Global Network:
Doug is Professor of Global Leadership at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Director of China Initiatives. Doug has spent his career researching, writing, teaching and advising companies about two topics: organizational development, where he has focused on issues of leadership, organizational culture and corporate social responsibility; and the Chinese economic reforms, where he has focused on the intersection of economic and political forces that lead to successful economic development models. From 2014-19, Guthrie was a Senior Director at Apple, based in Shanghai China, where he led Apple University efforts on leadership and organizational development in China. Prior to joining Apple, from 2010-14, Guthrie was Dean of the George Washington School of Business, Vice President for University China Operations, and Professor of International Business. Prior to his time at GW, from 1997-2010, Guthrie held faculty positions at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was Professor of Management and Director of custom Executive Education, and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where he was Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the University’s Office of Global Education. He has held visiting Professorships at several business schools, including Kellogg, Harvard, INSEAD, Stanford, Columbia and Emory. He served as Director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the Social Science Research Council (1999-2003) and was Academic Director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership (2008-11). His research has been recognized by numerous grants and awards.
Dashiell is the founding managing principal at Xanadu Enterprise. He is a senior executive who brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience at U.S. corporations and private companies. He has guided clients to support improved outcomes for China-market entry strategies and operations management. As a former global vice president and managing director at Home Depot China, Dashiell held extensive operational and strategic responsibilities for identifying market opportunities, establishing business operations, and managing government relations. A native of Shanghai, Dashiell is multilingual and able to interpret the meaning and nuance of Mandarin to bring local insights to international business executives. His perceptions allow him to help clients navigate the intricacies of the ever-changing China business landscape. Dashiell previously worked in executive positions at Sears, Roebuck and Co., and led teams in managing manufacturing and supply chains for SMEs. He currently works with SMEs to Fortune 500 companies looking for capital for strategic market entry in China. Dashiell likes nothing better than to share his expertise and ongoing analysis of the China market place with clients. Dashiell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering from East China Normal University. He is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese, and English.
Chris is a founding principal at Xanadu Enterprise. Chris leverages his deep consulting background over the last 20 years for his clients in consumer products, retail, technology, automotive, and specialty products and services. A breadth of experience in China, Chris has led, managed, and executed projects resulting in value-chain transformations, China market entry, cost reductions, and service-level enhancements for clients across a number of industries. Chris provides insights to clients from his on-the-ground experience running businesses as well as workforce creation and management. Prior to Xanadu Enterprise, Chris worked in senior managerial positions at multi-national companies in consumer goods and retail, with a special focus on China operations, business development, and global supply chain optimization. He has a keen sense of China’s laws and regulatory environment, understanding how they are changing and the impact on clients allowing them to address these concepts in their planning processes. He is regularly tracking and evaluating the latest changes in China’s policies and politics. Chris is uniquely positioned to offer his experience of China and how executives can position themselves to work in this environment. Chris graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Chris deploys his bi-cultural and bilingual approach for clients to guarantee they have feasibility and flexibility for future opportunities. Chris is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese, and English.
A veteran journalist, Sarah has written widely about the courts and U.S. and international law, Congressional operations, U.S. government policy and regulation, leadership development, and economic policy. She has written hundreds of articles about Congressional and executive branch activities in the United States. She also has focused her research and writing on urban politics and economic development, working with Doug Guthrie in producing economic reports that explored the economic vitality of the District of Columbia under the administration of former Mayor Gray. She serves as the managing editor of OGL Insights, city reports, and podcasts.
Diane E. Long
For over three decades, Diane has had a ringside seat at what can only be described as an economic revolution. Arriving in China’s Anhui Province in 1985, she didn’t understand what economic reform was—let alone what it looked like. Diane’s unique and diverse skill set was developed in the cauldron of a forever-changing landscape as China marched forward with reforms at a scale and speed never before seen in history. Diane has previously held C-suite positions in global corporations such as Liz Claiborne and Adidas as well as executive roles in start-ups. During the ‘90s, she guided multinational corporations in the first stage of market entry, most notably identifying partners, markets, and teams. Currently, she serves as the Managing Director of Xanadu Enterprise, a bilingual, bi-cultural China market-entry firm that provides a range of consulting and operational services to support companies in various stages of entering and operating in the China market. Her breadth and depth of experience enables her to assist both first-to-market as well as established firms.
David , Ph.D., is Academic Director and Program Adviser at RARE by Google, where he provides thought leadership and academic support to diverse talent in the creative, design, media, and technology industries. His priorities are to enable and give voice to young and mid-career diverse creative talent through inspiration, skill development, and related learning; to establish and sustain networks of encouragement and material assistance; and, to educate industry, and notably senior leaders and other organizational decision-makers, about the business case for diversity, inclusion, and belonging. David is also a Visiting Professor and Member of the Academic Advisory Board at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership (Steinbeis University, Germany), where he previously served as Faculty Director. David has nearly twenty years of global experience designing and facilitating training programs, and is a certified executive coach, with a focus on leadership, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and business creativity.