All posts by Dyuti Mahendru

Leadership Practicum: Learning to Lead at Booth

One of my goals when I was looking at MBA programs was to develop myself as a leader, and I chose Booth because I recognized the school’s focus on this goal as well. The indicator was that our sole mandatory class is Leadership Effectiveness and Development, better known as LEAD. Taught by second-year students, LEAD is our first class at Booth. It teaches you a range of important leadership skills, from first impressions to cross-cultural communications.

For me, what the LEAD course kick-started in my leadership development during my first quarter — Leadership Practicum truly helped round out as I finish up my second year.

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The Biology of Empathy: Lessons Learned from Lab Rats

I have always been amazed at the different hemispheres of the brain: how the left-brain is more logical and analytical, while the right-brain is more intuitive and thoughtful. Many of my Booth classes, such as Power and Influence, the Study of Behavioral Economics, and Consumer Behavior, have trained me, and encouraged me, to look beyond the superficial into the minds—the biases, tastes, and psyches—of our teammates, managers, clients, and customers.

Lucky for me, the most recent Spark Dinner, “The Biology of Empathy,” fell right into the intersection of my interest in neurobiology and the training from these classes, and provided an amazing new perspective and important takeaways. All based on the empathy of rats.

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TBE Celebrates Our Partners

When we make the decision to hit submit on our Booth application, the decision impacts not just us, but our family and friends, and most importantly, our partners. We trek from class to networking events, and return back home to tackle our cases, and our partners are our unwavering support. When our stressful and intense socializing at recruiting events makes us antisocial and disagreeable at home, our partners fill the void with compassion and positive energy to keep us trudging forward. When we take a week to take a Random Walk or embark on our “BoothRight,” our partners share our excitement and wanderlust.

As we embark on this Booth journey, we just want to say: We couldn’t do it without you.

The Booth Experience team wants to dedicate this week to our Partners. Check back daily as we bring the perspectives of Partners here in Chicago, long-distance partners, and, of course, our Booth partner duos and their #whyBooth stories.

The Gift of the Green Pen from Professor Linda Ginzel

We’re all trying to squeeze out 28 hours of productivity from the 24-hour day. We entered the balancing act of classes, recruiting, and social life in order to learn how to manage and lead in our careers. But with so much to do, how can we be sure we’re extracting real value from our experiences?

Professor Linda Ginzel has given this a lot of thought. She believes the solution is to live the examined life: collect the data of your experience across time, look for patterns and trends to analyze in order to get insight. To this end, she gives all of her students a pen—a green pen—to help them be their own coach. She asks that students prepare for class by writing in a different color, and bring their green pen to class.

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How Booth Won the Ross Renewable Energy Case Competition

First quarter brings a lot of stresses for first-year students: meeting new people, studying for classes, recruiting, and adjusting to a new definition of pizza.  To add to the mix, during the midterm week of this past Fall Quarter, first-year students Rachel Enright, Conor Coughlin, Richard Yin, Louis Ernst, and John Chiulli participated in the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Renewable Energy Case Competition. The goal of the case was to provide an innovative solution to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for a small food production firm that has several locations across the United States.

Hear from guest blogger John Chiulli how their team worked together through thick and thin to take home the prize for renewable energy.

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