Habitual Excellence: Paul O’Neill, Jr. Reflects on a Year Since His Dad’s Passing


Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing ofpauloneilllegacy.com. He was, among other things, the CEO of Alcoa, United States Treasury Secretary, and non-executive Chairman of the firm Value Capture — a firm that I have been affiliated with for over three years.

Here is a blog post that I wrote a year ago in remembrance:

You can also read (and share) remembrances and tributes via this website if you like:


Today, we released an episode of the “Habitual Excellence” podcast where his son, Paul O'Neill, Jr. shares some stories and reflections:


In the year since his passing, I've spent a lot of time watching his videos and thinking about how what he taught and modeled challenges me to be a better leader – and a better person.

Last year, we published a free PDF eBook that is a collection of transcripts from some of Mr. O'Neill's speeches.

Through April 22nd, you can also get that as a FREE Kindle book. Again, the PDF is always free. The paperback is intentionally inexpensive at just $9.99

Value Capture also published another free PDF eBook that shares many stories and reflections from those who worked with Mr. O'Neill or were inspired by him:


You can watch videos of him and with him via this playlist I've curated:

And you can also listen to some episodes of Habitual Excellence that highlight his words or those who have been inspired by him, including these:


Even though we lost him a year ago, his legacy lives on and burns bright in many people…

Some other blog posts and podcasts I've done with him:

Thanks for checking these out.

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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