For Lisa Rometty, global franchise head, Fluid Systems at Baxter International, leadership isn’t just a part of her job. It is her job.
“My personal brand is to lead people for a living,” said Rometty.
With over 20 years of management experience at General Electric and Baxter, Rometty has made a name for herself by reinvigorating teams and meeting difficult objectives.
At a lecture to EMBA students on Sept. 19 on the Evanston campus, Rometty explained some of the methodologies that led to her success. Continue Reading
I was prompted to write for this blog because of an email I sent to our class the Monday after a “school weekend.” I wrote the email just because I felt like it. No pressure, nobody asked me to do it, it wasn’t a part of any assignment or anything like that. I just wrote it.
Our first year at Kellogg is soon coming to an end, we had an awesome weekend in class last weekend, the sun was shining, I had a few free minutes, I was feeling particularly grateful and I just felt like sharing with this special group of people I have gotten to know intimately over the last 10 months. I can think of no better way to share these sentiments than to simply cut and paste the letter below.
Bernard Godley, EMP87, presenting “Teamwork in the Operating Room” for the Business Card Series
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other – John F. Kennedy
Balancing theory and practice is a key characteristic of the EMBA program at Kellogg. My classmates in the Executive MBA program are high-level executives with substantial experience in management and come from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, public and nonprofit organizations. Throughout the course of a year, we have amazing speakers and faculty come in to speak to us. Randy Lewis, Senior VP at Walgreens, spoke about leadership and intrepreneurship. He shared with us how he identified an opportunity to integrate people with disabilities in Walgreens distribution centers, a win-win proposition for the company and the community. Professor Jamie Jones from the Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) department also gave an exciting presentation on market-based models for social impact, highlighting socially responsible businesses, like Patagonia.
Evanston, Illinois – Michael Antis had 4 shots on goal, scoring once, and assisted Steve Kinsick for another to lead team USA to a 3-0 victory over team International on Thursday. Antis was assisted by a gloriously long pass from Northwestern’s own Timothy Allen.
Jim Frank moves in
Sam Morton, the converted college football kicker, scored the other goal unassisted by blasting one past the flailing arms of international keeper Abdel Tefridj. Sam’s goal was the finishing blow to what some would call an embarrassing defeat of the international team. It was Sam’s endurance and team USA’s relentless pressure that eventually lifted them to victory. The rules for “the live-in week grudge match” were agreed upon by team captains Mark Buchmann and Abdel Tefridj with Sohel Kahn officiating. All in attendance felt the 11 on 11, 30 minute, co-ed match lived up to the hype.
The International squad showed signs of brilliance and were clearly the more eloquent team on the pitch. Long, accurate passes from Marco Fischella to Sri Chakravarthy evoked memories of Landon Donovan and Alexi Lawless. Arul Sugunakumar displayed amazing speed and control while weaving through the suddenly lead footed USA defense. Sanja Licina and John Duong showed strong legs and grit while remaining on the field for the majority of the match. Kara Carlisle, Natalia Pavchinskaya and Ana Vasquez proved to be scrappy on the defensive side of the ball, Kara even set aside her own personal safety and traditional soccer technique to block a pass with her face during a critical part of the game.
Victor Neira waits for the ball
However, it was the stamina of the America born team that would help bring them the victory. Chris Chenoworth, Ben Weiss and Jim Kennedy applied a constant attack on the international keepers. While Jerome Bryant, Jane Dillon and Kristi Dahlke provided a nigh-impenetrable wall on defense. The few shots that got through the American defense were quickly swallowed up by the sure handed keeper Jonathan Schroder. After the match, I was able to capture a quote from funny man Timothy Allen “What the United States team lacked in skill, we made up for with heart…..and skill.”
Congratulations to team USA. You were the winner on the field, but we were all winners during cocktail hour!
EMP – 90 – Thanks Kellogg Staff!!
Nietzsche said, “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” As you will soon witness, I am the furthest thing from a good writer, but I will try hard to channel the spirit of my fellow EMBA friends from the 2013 EMP-90 class. This blog will be “our blog” that tells the story of our experiences together at Kellogg and learning to see the world differently.
The EMBA at Kellogg moves fast. The program causes life around us to move even faster as we balance our careers, our families and our education. We are learning at an accelerated rate, and our friendships are developing even faster. During our third weekend, I actually witnessed “hugging” replace the handshake. We came into the EMBA program as strangers, but we already consider each other family. How can this be?
Well, I started to notice the hugging trend pick up after our second weekend of classes. By this time, we had finished one live in week and one weekend of classes. Everyone had completed approximately four team conference calls that probably lasted well into the night. Images of our fellow classmates studying late into the night were vividly etched into our mind. Stories of global travel schedules were starting to spread. Redeyes from India to O’Hare were the norm. Multiple classmates welcomed new additions to their families (Babies born into the Kellogg family are welcomed with a classy “shout out” and a gift from the administration). We were being pushed hard, and we were thriving together. As we networked with the EMP-88 class (September Starters), we realized that we were the new group and they were the savvy veterans. As the new group, we formed a tribe: Teams bonded and friendships were formed.
Healthy debate was alive in the halls of the Allen Center and feedback from our assignments was starting to come back to us.
We were receiving grades for the first time in decades, so our support systems developed and subject matter experts stepped up.
We were becoming a family, and “our family” shows love with a HUG.
On a recent cross-country flight, I couldn’t help ask myself whether the decision I made to take my Winter electives at the Kellogg Miami campus was worth the investment. Miami, after all, was on the other side of the nation and traveling from San Diego I knew I was in for 7 hours of airplane noise and airport chaos. I reminded myself that I had three objectives this quarter: (1) to meet and network with people I would have never met; (2) to complete coursework in two classes I knew I was passionate about; (3) to get to know more about other parts of the world that I normally wouldn’t have been exposed to. After three days of classes and professional development sessions, I knew deep down inside that my decision was the right one and when the weekend was over I left with a feeling of accomplishment.
The students at the Miami campus come from a diverse set of backgrounds and countries based primarily in Latin America. I found the students and course work to truly embody the Kellogg spirit of being a global program. I made a comment to a peer that I found it cumbersome to arrange study group meetings as the 5 members of my study group were spread across 4 time zones. She rebutted, “try arranging calls when your group is spread over 4 continents across the world.” After she made that comment, I came to the realization that I could only think with a global perspective if I was exposed to that global perspective. Her example acknowledged the fact that we are truly living in a global environment and thinking globally was important now more than ever.
I chose to take two electives in Miami that I felt passionate about – Leading High Impact Teams and Innovation Strategy and Management. In my professional work environment I find myself driving results through others on a consistent basis. In my Leading High Impact Team class this past weekend I was reminded that certain leadership skill sets are incredibly important in creating a vision and goals, providing performance feedback, working with others’ listening and performance styles, as well as developing a team process that is responsive to unanticipated change. A hands-on class assignment worked to do just that – create an environment that required us to work with each other to achieve a common goal. It was great way to incorporate in-class learning with a hands-on activity that drove a point in an engaging manner.
Lastly, I feel like the relationships I made with my classmates outside the classroom will be the kind of relationships I will treasure for the rest of my life. I find that the older I get the more difficult it is to meet and make new friends. The Kellogg experience has helped me meet like-minded professionals that I am comfortable being myself around. This past class weekend was no exception. My Miami study group met throughout the weekend to focus on a group project for our Innovation Strategy and Management class, but like many study group meetings we took the opportunity to get to know each other in the process. From the start, everyone in our study group clicked well with each other and this weekend we bonded in a special way – sharing laughs, tears, and personal stories. I know that these timeless friendships will last the rest of my life and I’ve made many special friends that I now plan on visiting next time I’m in the various parts of the world they live in.
Between now and the end of the month I have two finals to complete – it’ll be a challenging time to come, but I’m looking forward to ultimately spending my last quarter prior to graduation back at my home campus in Chicago with my other group of friends I started this journey with nearly two years ago.