Leaders build businesses in their own styles, but we can still learn from them.
One of the things that make Inc. such a great magazine to work for is the extraordinary range of people it covers as part of its exploration of business leadership. Consider two prominent subjects featured in this month's issue: Jon Bon Jovi, the rock star and Arena Football League team owner, and Dick Yuengling, the owner of one of America's fastest-growing breweries. Each has built a business that is as distinct as his personal style. Yet it's also hard not to be struck by the similarities between these two entrepreneurs. Both have a keen understanding of their customers. Both appeal to a popular, unpretentious sensibility. Both are leaders with strong convictions. Both believe in hard work. And both have shown extraordinary loyalty to the people who helped them get to where they are today. Bon Jovi never split with his band or his closest advisers; Yuengling captains a family business that is 175 years old. Their stories are ones we can all learn from.
Before joining Inc., reporter Rod Kurtz covered business for the Austin American-Statesman and wrote for BusinessWeek and The New York Times. Researching the sixth-generation Yuengling brewery (page 64), Kurtz returned to the land of his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
As editor of the Ventura County Reporter, a California alternative weekly, Hillary Johnson faces constant management challenges. This month, she reveals why, in her office, the art of housekeeping trumps the art of war (page 78). Johnson has written several books, including Physical Culture and a collection of essays, Super Vixens' Dymaxion Lounge.
Cover photographer Melanie Dunea has won awards for her portraits of Sir Ian McKellan, Bernie Mack, and Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura. She regularly contributes to Vanity Fair, Newsweek, People, and New York magazine. Precious, her collaborative book of photo essays (with Nigel Parry), will be published this fall by Powerhouse Books.
Tim Barkow's July feature looks at new building techniques that can cut the cost of commercial property (page 56). A writer and entrepreneur, Barkow is also a partner at Thinkcorps marketing consultancy in Oakland, Calif. Barkow co-founded Skoodles Internet service for kids, helped launch One Media, and was a Wired technology editor.