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Reasons to be cheerful – MBA job market bounces back

(published in CNBC Business, Sept 2011) The global economic crisis is not over yet. Just talk to any member of the Spanish, Portuguese, Irish or Greek governments if you need confirmation. But it does seem as if the worst might be behind us. And that means job prospects for professionals and managers throughout the world … Continue reading

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

Shaking the MBA Martini: Diversity is the New Cocktail

(published in Forbes, August 2011) Her Majesty’s Secret Service is not a typical feeder to the world’s top business schools. But assuming that James Bond could ace the GMAT and provide enough non-classified information in his essays to satisfy the admissions team of his significant accomplishments, then many MBA programs would welcome his perspective on … Continue reading

A new world of opportunities

Getting BRICs experience on your MBA is a good way to future-proof your career. (published in The Independent, April 2011) If anyone really doubted whether economic power is slowly shifting from its traditional base in the West to the emerging powers of the East, all they need to do is consult the results of the … Continue reading

Executive coaching – another set of clothes for the Emperor?

(published in Forbes, Jan 2011) Executive coaching is a fast growing business, at least in the ‘usual suspect’ economies of the developed world. And there are no shortage of individuals, firms and educational institutions ready and willing to provide it. Just try entering the term into Google to see just how many (this morning the … 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

Back in the hiring line

(published in CNBC Business, Nov 2010) This time last year it looked as if the MBA jobs market might be facing a crisis every bit as bad as the early years of the millennium, in the wake of the dotcom implosion and 9/11. But all the indications are that, while there’s certainly no room for … 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

Military men have business in their sights

(published in The Independent, June 2010) More and more members of the armed forces are studying business degrees to become soldiers of a different type of fortune. The Americans have a long tradition of using the MBA to prepare members of the armed forces for a new life in the corporate world. Now business schools … Continue reading

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