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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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