The Philosophy of Leadership

Times are changing, and the old ways of doing business aren’t working. The world needs a new generation of leaders with a different perspective, and while several of the tried-and-true approaches to leadership and management are still as vital as they were on the day they were invented, it has been clear for at least two […]

The Steve Jobs Conundrum

You may have heard of Steve Jobs. You could say he was incredibly innovative. Or maybe you believe that he swiped preexisting ideas, made them look pretty, and sold them to people who were none the wiser. But I’m not here to rekindle the “Apple vs. The World” debate. Instead, I’d like to talk about how Mr. Jobs […]

What does a leader look like?

The Bentley MBA has started its Leadership module, the final of the four themes of the MBA program and I came across this one article from the Boston Globe that truly spoke to me. The author says (and I’m paraphrasing) that we all think we know what a leader should look like: strong jawed and oozing […]

Township Business

As someone once said a long time ago, all good things must come to an end. And so the BMBA class of 2015 landed back in the United States last week after our third and final field-based experience, ready to finish our Environments theme and move on to Leadership. Karla wrote a great recap of our […]

BMBA Heads to South Africa!

The BMBA 2015 cohort just returned from its third and last trip, this time from Johannesburg, South Africa. What a surprise and adventure that place has been. Though the group prepped with as much historical and contextual information we could get about the place prior to leaving, I think it’s safe to say everyone was […]

South Africa: Week One

It has been a week of adventure since we touched down in Johannesburg. The things our cohort has seen and learned could fill a book, but I will give an overview and then share what we have learned during this busy, exhilarating week. Day 1: Arrival. We are staying in Sandton, a wealthy section of Johannesburg. Dinner […]

Destination: Johannesburg

Today’s the day. Or perhaps tonight. Regardless of your perception of time, the BMBA 2015 cohort is headed out to Johannesburg, South Africa, for our third and final field-based experience. An early-morning bus ride will take us to JFK International Airport where we will then board a non-stop flight to Johannesburg. While “senior-itis,” or the […]

Culture Matters: Taking a 360-Degree View

Everything ties together. That’s what I have been learning during the Environments theme these cold and snowy past few weeks. What sounds like a bit of fortune-cookie doggerel is actually something quite powerful to keep in mind when going into business in another industry, another state, or another country. One aspect of surveying a business […]

Snow Searching: A weather-induced job hunt

Juno, Marcus, Linus …and now, winter storm Neptune. With the white stuff coming down and keeping me in, I found myself with the day off and all informational interviews rescheduled due to travel bans. Not wanting to re-emerge into the winter wonderland out there without anything to show in the job hunt department, I decided […]

Know Your Environment

And so our group, with bleary eyes and bellies full of tzatziki, returned from the mild weather of Greece back to Waltham just in time for Winter Storm Juno and its attendant school cancellations. These days off did nothing to slow the pace of the BMBA program. To the contrary, our cohort has jumped back into […]