How lessons from the arts can help you become a more effective leader
In this month’s Insight in Person podcast, we ask: Why are business leaders turning to the arts—from storytelling to jazz ensemble, Argentine tango to tap—for insights into how to do their own jobs better? Continue Reading
Onboarding advice for organizations big and small
Most people understand the importance of a good first impression. So on our first day with a new company, we arrive early. Maybe we overdress. We know that starting out strong will make it easier to succeed in the long run. Continue Reading
Andrew Silvernail, IDEX CEO, addresses the Evanston EMBA classes.
When Andrew Silvernail, CEO of IDEX and No. 4 on Forbes’ 2012 list of the most powerful CEOs 40 and under, thinks of a strong leader, he thinks of a dairy farmer in Maine.
“Erleen Clement, my best friend’s mother, taught me some unbelievable life lessons about high expectations, unconditional love and what it really means to be a leader,” Silvernail said. “You don’t think of a woman who is a homemaker on a cow farm in Maine as being a prototypical leader, but she was one of the first to believe in me.”
More than twenty years later, Silvernail still applies her lessons — and those from the many other mentors he’s had along the way — to be the best leader he can. Silvernail recently spoke to the Evanston Executive MBA students in a special Executive Speaker Series event and shared some of his thoughts on how to be a leader. Continue Reading
In the United States, women represent just 17% of the boardroom.
For a woman seeking to get a leg up on the competition, an executive MBA program can provide the momentum needed to move from capable manager to C-level leader. Not only does an EMBA refine existing skill sets and grow new abilities, it leads to greater confidence and a higher aptitude for leading teams.
We asked female executives in our Executive MBA Program to share their career and leadership advice. Continue Reading
Col. Michael Musso shares leadership lessons gained from a successful military career in a new Kellogg Insight article:
“Over the course of my 25 years of military service, I have acquired valuable lessons in leadership, time management, and organizational operations. Since soldiers are short on time, sharing these lessons with them as succinctly as possible communicates both the idea I want to get across and the value I place on their time. While the military is not the boardroom or the executive suite, fundamental ideas like these should be applicable to your own work as an executive.
“Every step you take shows your leadership, so don’t run in the Pentagon.
“You are standing in line for coffee at your company’s cafeteria one morning when a director darts by with a printed PowerPoint slide in his hand. You may start to speculate: What could possibly be wrong? Has something drastic happened that we don’t know about? Is that one piece of paper going to save the company from imminent demise?”
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Every Sunday, Kevin Cleary EMP 55 sits down to plan out his week. It’s meticulously laid out and includes all of his workouts, runs and rides. He notes the times and distances for each activity and then adds them to a spreadsheet. Ask him for proof and he will be happy to produce a document that spans every week for the last 15 years.
Cleary approaches the rest of his life with the same tenacity, determination and efficiency. As the CEO of Clif Bar & Company, a household name in organic food, he manages to run a company with not one but five bottom lines, retain a vigorous exercise regimen and even find time to coach his sons’ baseball teams.
Cleary shared his journey to his current career and experience at Kellogg. Continue Reading
Jaime Valles and John John, EMP 101’s newly elected cohort ambassadors.
In every executive MBA class, two cohort ambassadors are chosen to be the leaders of their cohort. They have a wide range of responsibilities, from representing the cohort to the administration and acting as a liaison for all communications, to defining and supporting the culture and positivity of their cohort.
EMP 101 (class of ’16) elected Jaime A. Valles and John John as their cohort ambassadors this month. Valles is a former president of Cisco Systems, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, and John is an expeditionary warfare analyst in the United States Navy.
Valles and John shared more about their Kellogg journey and how they plan to impact their Kellogg cohort.