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Changing Careers: B-School Can Help Only So Much

(published in BusinessWeek, Aug 2011) Celebrities like Tyra Banks are enrolling in B-schools to reinvent themselves, but how much they help—the famous or inconspicuous—is debatable. No matter how good you are at what you do, sometimes it’s time to change direction. Yao Ming might have had a pretty good run as one of the world’s … Continue reading

Keeping It In The Family

(published in CNBC Business, June 2011) Family businesses seem to be big news at the moment – some for good reasons, some for all the wrong ones. In March, Solvay – a family-controlled public company in Belgium – raised eyebrows in financial markets when it acquired the French chemicals company Rhodia in one of this … Continue reading

How to be a hotshot

(published in CNBC Business, April 2011) Can a business school really teach you how to make it as an entrepreneur? If Europe is to take advantage of the apparent ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery it will need more entrepreneurs than ever before, particularly in countries such as Ireland and the UK where government spending cuts … Continue reading

Lessons in Diplomacy

(Published in CNBC Business, Jan 2011) This could well be the year when things really start to get improve in the world economy. And if that happens, then the ‘war for talent’, which has dwindled to little more than a playground squabble in some sectors, may be back on with a vengeance. Of course, the … Continue reading

A Change Of Course

(published in CNBC Business, Dec 2010) At the beginning of 2009 things looked decidedly grim for executive education providers. The global financial crisis meant that businesses of all shapes and sizes were looking for ways of keeping costs under control, and many believed that this would lead to substantial cuts in budgets devoted to management … Continue reading

Teaching Business Leadership As Fine Art

(published in Forbes, Oct 2010) Thirty years ago top business schools had a simple philosophy about how to teach students good business leadership. All you had to do was examine how the people who ran successful companies went about dealing with problems and opportunities, and then follow their examples. After a while, however, that became … Continue reading

CEOs must be artists?

(published in The Toronto Star, Sept 2010) It’s time to start developing a new type of business leader, according to Valerie Gauthier, associate dean at one of Europe’s top business schools, HEC Paris. The modern world is so complex, she argues, that we need people in corporate boardrooms who can embrace science, art and philosophy … Continue reading

New Life Lessons

(published in CNBC Business, May 2010) Most people taking an MBA or participating in an executive education programme at a major school will be taught by someone who has come through the traditional PhD system – a set-up that often tends to churn out academics who are passionate and informed about their subject but are … Continue reading

Executive Education Fights Back

(article published in Forbes, October 2009) Business schools weather the economic crisis by offering targeted, relevant leadership training. Travel, top-class restaurants, even taxicabs. Discretionary expenses have been hammered in the last 18 months as companies look to cut costs and claw their way back to profitability. The chastened boards of AIG and others are forgoing … Continue reading

Management master has world’s attention

(article published in The Toronto Star, Sept 2009) “Unhappy is the land that needs heroes”. So claims Henry Mintzberg, iconoclastic management guru at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His echo of the characters in a Brecht play is a reflection on the current economic turmoil, and what he sees as the steps needed … Continue reading

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