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Alan Mulally started his talk at the GSB by describing a case-study: A CEO takes over an iconic American auto-maker in big trouble, losing $17 billion a year after being one of the most profitable companies for the previous century. Naturally, it wasn’t a hypothetical situation, since it described his own position in 2006, when [...]

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When is being authentic not such a great thing? Straying too far from behaviors that are grounded in one’s own identity (ie. authentic) creates problems over time, for leaders and the groups they lead. If you buy into the idea that none of us are ever perfect, however, and good leaders are constantly challenging themselves [...]

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An article in Scientific American cites recent research by GSB faculty members Lara Tiedens and Deborah Gruenfeld, and PhD student Lucia Guillory, showing that ’standing tall’ can make one feel, and be, more powerful in social relationships. It turns out that good posture isn’t just good for your back. It also makes you more likely [...]

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Are guilty people better leaders? Professor Frank Flynn says ‘yes’. Here’s a 10-minute podcast summarizing the research. http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2010/12/guilty-people-make-good-manage.html

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388 first-year MBA students, 48 Arbuckle Leadership Fellows, and 168 GSB alumni and faculty judges participated in this year’s challenge, which all came down to this 10 seconds, as the winning squad was announced.
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GSB MBA students, along with the Dean and NYSE CEO, Duncan Niederauer, rang the closing bell on Thursday, 12/2, as the Dow ended up 105 points. A fitting way to start the final month when all classes and staff will be located on our current campus.

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NYSE CEO looks forward to growth

On Thusday, NYSE CEO, Duncan Niederauer spent the day at Stanford. He spoke with MBA students about his prognosis for corporate growth in 2011 (positive), what it takes to lead an organization facing a fight for survival, and how to find leadership opportunities. He also met with Silicon Valley CEOs over breakfast, co-hosted by [...]

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Stanford GSB professor Jeff Pfeffer writes and speaks extensively on the topic of power–how one acquires and uses it. A lot of people find his perspectives troubling, which shouldn’t be surprising given the ambivalence many feel about the topic of power in human relationships. One common misunderstanding about his work, however, is that he encourages [...]

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Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser Busch-InBev, spoke to students today, discussing what he thinks it takes to build high performance teams and organizations. He noted that many of the practices that we consider natural in school and sports–recognizing high performance and addressing low performance–are too often taboo in corporate settings. Therefore, he said, “if [...]

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A CEO with a Conscious Cause

Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, spoke at the school last week, sharing his vision for a new business paradigm. He calls it ‘compassionate capitalism,’ blending a relatively laissez-faire stance in regard to government and regulation of the marketplace, as well as a belief that business leaders need to effectively serve a broad set of stakeholders [...]

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