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Making “Group Work” Work: Leadership at Booth

Every applicant has a primary motivation to attend an MBA program. It may be a two-year pause for self-reflection away from the corporate grind, the chance to broaden knowledge across business functions, or even an opportunity to pivot one’s career to a new industry. Whatever the primary reason, most of my classmates mention that they would cherish the opportunity to sharpen their leadership identity – honing strengths, pinpointing weaknesses, and experimenting in a secure environment.

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs Stacey Kole presented a finding from a 2018 year-end survey that, “the Class of 2019 is highly interested in developing leadership skills: 60% say it’s essential, 30% say it’s important, and 10% say it’s preferred. Communicating persuasively was one of the most common skills that students sought to improve.” Once we kickoff our MBA at Booth, we are given a myriad of instances in our daily activities that we can harness to push ourselves to be better leaders.

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Why I Became a LEAD Facilitator

At Booth, we pride ourselves on the flexible curriculum, but there is one required class every first-year student must take their first quarter: Leadership Effectiveness And Development—or LEAD for short. Through LEAD, students explore how their personality and cultural experiences impact their leadership style and receive valuable 360 feedback on how their professional behavior is perceived. But the course doesn’t only provide value to first-years. For a select group of ~40 second-year students (including me), it provides the unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a curriculum for the incoming first-years that directly impacts the culture of leadership at Booth.

We call ourselves LEAD Facilitators (Facils for short)—recognizable by our stylish Leadership Development Office polos and unmistakable charm. But we don’t do it (just) for the free swag and recognition. Every Facil’s motivations may be different, here are mine…

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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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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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MBAs: Masters of Baller Ambitions

Basketball is not just my favorite sport or form of exercise.  It’s my favorite… everything.  If I have a chance to watch TV, I’m finding whichever NBA game is on.  If I’m listening to a podcast, it better be one analyzing the previous night’s games that I watched.  And if I’m surfing the internet, my browser history is littered with ESPN, HoopsHype, Basketball Reference, and any other site you haven’t heard of.

I remember as I was preparing for my interview at Booth in November 2014 (wow that was a while ago…), I was reading through the classes and clubs offered, making mental notes of which ones to excitedly bring up.  Sure, there was Quantitative Investment (didn’t take it) and the Analytics Club (didn’t join it), but when I read up a little more about the Booth Basketball Club, I was captivated.

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