Category Archives: Leadership

Leadership Beyond LEAD

One of the reasons I came to Booth was to improve my leadership skills. Having been a student here for 6 months, I reconfirm that coming to Booth was the right decision regarding this goal. There are many opportunities to help improve your leadership skills, and I want to share some of them with you.

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Tech Product Management Starter Pack

“Build a better bus system.” In 30 minutes!? Public transportation is a big policy problem in the United States and…Wait, this is a product management interview, the tech industry’s equivalent of casing—trial by fire. In a brief 30-minute interview, case questions are supposed to evaluate your product design sense, your understanding of strategy, and sometimes, analytical skills. As I thought about the hours I poured into interview prep my first year, I knew as Booth Tech Group (BTG) co-chair, I wanted to create an even better Tech PM Workshop this year.

The percentage of Boothies who enter tech has nearly doubled since 2013, from 12% to 20%, and BTG has seen our numbers double, too. We’re proud to say we match Management Consulting Group in number of members. In general, we are seeing more students interested in tech. Specifically, they’re looking at product management, that popular role for new MBAs at Google, Amazon, Facebook, and others. But what is product management? And do you need a computer science degree?

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A Path To The Tipping Point

“You going to sign up for this ‘Tipping Point’ deal?” a friend asked me as we walked out of one of our Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) classes early in the quarter.

I replied, “I don’t know – I’m not clear what it is, exactly. A case competition? With alumni as judges? And you only receive materials the night beforehand? Sounds intense – and there’s already so much else to do this quarter.”

“I know man – but every second year who did it says it was one of the best parts of LEAD.”

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Learning to “Think Better” with Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

It’s always exciting to hear a professor speak about their research at Booth. You get to hear one of the most brilliant minds in the industry give you an insider view of the things they work on day in and day out.  Additionally, it gives us an alternative perspective to the professor’s work beyond what they teach in our classes and provides an opportunity to interact with them by asking questions about it.

For those unfamiliar with Professor Sendhil Mullainathan, he is the University of Chicago’s most recent faculty addition. During the fall quarter, Boothies and faculty alike had the pleasure of hearing him speak for the first time to a UChicago audience at an event hosted by the Center for Decision Research titled Think Better.

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Cue the Lights: Boothies Take the Stage Outside the Classroom

It’s funny to look back on our days as children and think about what we wanted to be when we grew up. My aspirations were volatile, to say the least, but I do remember a few options: a professional athlete, a Navy SEAL, and a rockstar. Today, thanks at least in part to Booth’s celebration of diversity of thought and interests, I can easily identify members of my class whom have worked in each of those professions. What’s even more impressive to me are the number of students at Booth that are taking time to turn their own childhood dreams into reality.

Here are a two of their stories.

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