To Grow, Leave What You Know Behind

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last year, I was fortunate to moderate a fascinating panel discussion with Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership on the topic of “Next Generation Leadership.” One of the panelists, Rosalinde Torres, encouraged us to ask the following question: “What has made you successful in the past that you need to change to move forward as a leader?”

As we go through different phases in our personal and professional lives, we’re called upon to adapt, to marshal skills different than those we’ve used in the past. And in the modern world — where the pace of technological and social change is as fast as at any time in human history, those demands on our adaptability are greater. An exceptional grocery store cashier, for example, will need a different set of skills to be a store manager as her career evolves. And those in computer repair have had to learn and unlearn a myriad skills over the past 30 years to keep pace with the changes happening around them.

So what skills do you need to modify or leave behind to grow? For me, a few suggestions come to mind.

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Leadership’s New Direction

January 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Coauthored by John Coleman, Daniel Gulati, and Oliver Segovia

On April 6, 2009, as the world was reeling from the impact of the global financial crisis, the Guardian ran a feature titled“Academies of the Apocalypse?” Arguing that U.S. business schools and recently-minted MBAs should shoulder most of the blame for the crisis, the article triggered a series of follow-on pieces in the world’s most-respected publications, manylambasting the value of top business schools like Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and MIT, and questioning the ethical and moral convictions of their graduates.

As the public developed their own views on whether or not MBAs were to blame, we felt that a key voice was being omitted from the debate: that of young business leaders themselves. With 100,000 men and women graduating from U.S. business schools each year, surely MBAs aren’t all ethically-starved, power-hungry, and deceitful, are they?

The answer, of course, is no. Today’s young leaders are growing up with the belief that business can provide them with a way of translating a meaningful, personal purpose into work that impacts the world in a positive way. These are 20-somethings in the early stages of their careers, holding roles that require tremendous amounts of responsibility and judgment — whether it’s managing a brand, starting a new venture, or transitioning the family business.

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