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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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Professor George Wu on Negotiation: It Pays to Practice

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.

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Booth through the decades: Impact of an MBA in Africa, with Richard A. Osei, ‘97

Have you ever wondered what Booth was like 10 or 20 years ago? How the student experience has changed and which elements of the Booth experience still stand true today? No matter where you are in the world?

In this series, we speak to three African alums from the classes of 1997, 2007, and 2017 to trace back their journeys and learn how the student experience here at Booth has evolved through the decades. We’ll also see what the Booth MBA has meant to their careers and to furthering growth in various countries in Africa.

In this first blog post, Richard A. Osei, ‘97, who currently works in Venture Capital and Private Equity in Accra, Ghana, talks about his motivation to attend Booth, how a leadership course with Harry Davis continues to be instrumental today, and growing the Booth brand in Ghana.

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The Gift of the Green Pen

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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