Kitami from Onitsuka: The Snake Who Cheated Nike

Kitami from Onitsuka: The Snake Who Cheated Nike

In Nike founder Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog, Knight discusses a man who would be Nike’s mortal enemy – Shoji Kitami, an executive at Japanese company Onitsuka. Onitsuka is supposed to be Knight’s partner, but Kitami selfishly has other plans. He undermines Phil Knight and harasses him over years, eventually leading Knight to found Nike to get out of Kitami’s reach. These are highlights about Onitsuka’s Kitami from Shoe Dog.

Bill Bowerman: Nike’s Mad Scientist & Phil Knight’s Partner

Bill Bowerman: Nike’s Mad Scientist & Phil Knight’s Partner

One of Phil Knight’s key partners at Nike was Bill Bowerman, a star Olympic track coach and Phil’s former running coach from college. Bowerman was the mad scientist of the group, experimenting with new shoe designs and rubber formulations to produce a better running shoe. In one landmark experiment, he squeezed rubber in his wife’s waffle iron, producing the waffle sole. Learn more about Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman’s partnership here, with an excerpted summary of Phil Knight’s autobiography, Shoe Dog.

4 Lessons on Power from Otto von Bismarck

4 Lessons on Power from Otto von Bismarck

Who was Otto von Bismarck? How did he keep his power in a rapidly-changing Europe? What can he teach us about maintaining power? Otto von Bismarck was a Prussian diplomat and politician who controlled German foreign affairs for 30 years in the mid- to late-1800s. We’ll cover what made Otto von Bismarck so powerful and how you can apply those lessons to your relationships and careers.

Joseph Duveen: 4 Lessons from History’s Best Art Dealer

Joseph Duveen: 4 Lessons from History’s Best Art Dealer

Who was Joseph Duveen? And what can he teach us about power? Joseph Duveen was one of the most successful art dealers of the 1920s and ’30s. Many people believe he found success in part because he knew how to manipulate wealthy Americans. Learn how to use Joseph Duveen’s strategies yourself to become more powerful and successful in your career.

Jeff Johnson and Nike: A Key Early Employee

Jeff Johnson and Nike: A Key Early Employee

In 1965, Nike founder Phil Knight hires his first full-time employee, a fellow Stanford runner named Jeff Johnson who will sell shoes in Los Angeles. Jeff Johnson has a messianic view on running – believing running done right is akin to enlightenment – and Phil hasn’t met anyone with his passion for running. This is the story of Jeff Johnson and Nike, from Phil Knight’s book Shoe Dog.