A few weeks ago I was invited to Washington and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to participate in a roll-out for a new think tank, Marine Silk Road 21st Century, or MSR21. MSR21 is an advisory group dedicated to understanding the Indian Ocean basin, including the commercial, environmental, political, cultural and military activities in [...]
The Intercontinental MBA Students are packed and boarding planes for their homes in the U.S. As I wrote a program evaluation form, I was stunned by the long list of activities and experiences we have had in South Africa during the past five weeks. These are full time MBA students, so they were taking four [...]
It is a sunny and mild spring weekend at the Wedgwood Inn in Melville as our group of Intercontinental MBA pioneers moves toward the completion of their first international residency. Finals and projects are looming next week, so what appear to be bright, lazy days are divided between cramming, group meetings and power napping. Meals [...]
It’s sad to admit, but I’m now roughly halfway finished with my semester in Rome. The reality hit while craming for midterms… But if the second half of my semester is as great as the first half has been, then I surely will have plenty more good things to report!
Before I left Chicago, the [...]
Our group spent an emotional and educational day in Soweto, a township in Johannesburg burned into global history and memory through the terrible riots of the 1970s. The day was a study in polar opposites, extremes and unresolved social issues.
We began with a celebratory Mass at St. Martin de Pores Catholic Church in the Orlando [...]
Until the Millenniums came along, the Baby Boomers were America’s the largest demographic group. Many of these folks saw themselves as the heirs of “Woodstock” and “The Age of Aquarius”. Boomers are the best educated, healthiest, most mortgaged, most pampered, wealthiest, most rebellious, most cynical, most work addicted generation ever. My father and grandfather’s generation [...]
The Intercontinental MBA students are ending their third week in Johannesburg. They have just left for a long weekend in Cape Town and after weeks of non-stop frenetic activity, I am remaining in JoBurg with a yawning gap of four days of quiet and productive time ahead. As I reflect on the past [...]
It is the second week of our first international residency for the Intercontinental MBA Program. The students are in Johannesburg, to date having successfully shaken off jet-lag and are in the full swing of our deep dive into the business and social culture of South Africa.
It has been a very full ten days. We know [...]
Aristotle once said: “We do not learn ethics from reading a treatise on virtue. We learn ethics through the witness of others.”
This quote applies directly to both ethics and leadership, and it specifically applies to leadership and the growing millennial workforce. I believe Millennials don’t like to be told, ordered, or required to behave, perform, [...]
The first cohort of students in our full-time Intercontinental MBA Program arrived on our Water Tower campus in mid-August. This group of smart, lively student adventurers spent their Orientation Residency in Chicago both working and playing. They focused on and mastered their math review and oral and written communication workshops. Despite their first introduction to [...]