I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I signed up for the Booth Leadership Vision Retreat, though it was an concept that had been brewing in Booth’s Leadership Development Office for several years. What I found was an incredible opportunity to get out of Chicago for a weekend, reflect on what was important, share my experiences with my community, and think about the next steps in my life.
A team of physics PhDs works tirelessly in an isolated bunker under the UChicago quadrangle, unrelenting in their quest to uncover the universal secrets of quantum mechanics. Nearby at the Oriental Institute, lifelong archaeologists (likely wearing fedoras and wielding leather bullwhips) push day and night to make sense of ancient hieroglyphics etched by a civilization long extinct from this world.
Meanwhile, over at the Harper Center, a new first-year student asks a friend, “what’s this crop circle I keep hearing about?” It’s not the Martian invasion – it’s round 2 of the official Boothie Decoder Ring!
When I transitioned from military to MBA, I thought I’d left the world of acronyms and confusing organizational lingo behind me. Little did I know, Chicago Booth was ready for me with a whole new set of idiosyncratic slang.
Here’s a few of my favorites:
Boothie (noun) – a current or former student at Chicago Booth. The term itself is almost universally hated because of its “cutesie” nature, and yet we all continue to use it.
Note: You might think that Boothie or Boothy could also be used as an adjective, but the correct way to describe the level at which someone displays Booth-like qualities is actually Boothie-ness. I’m not making this up.
If there’s one class I’ve taken at Booth that I seem to use on an almost daily basis, it’s Negotiations. This is partly because of the natural relevance of the material. Once exposed, I found myself noticing negotiations everywhere I went. It’s also partly the way the course is taught: practical and immersive application.
In our first-ever faculty guest blog, Negotiations Professor George Wu, who is also the Faculty Director for the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership, discusses how the course was designed and how students benefit from these lessons both in and out of the classroom.
Our friend Scott Rupnow was in the middle of a touching Booth Stories talk (a Moth-style series), when he asked his girlfriend Rawan Allozi to join him in front of dozens of close friends, family who we had snuck into the back of the room, and a few random students who had no idea what was going on.
Here’s what happened next: