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Reflections on Kellogg, management education and life in the 21st century



The Kellogg MosaicThe Kellogg Mosaic
April 13, 2012

Key to building Kellogg's global architecture is cultivating interconnections that span both within and across our many cultures, campuses, programs, global origins and intellectual perspectives. At Kellogg, we take pride in the rich mosaic that makes up our vibrant, multi-faceted community. Read more...

KeiA KIEI to our Future
April 6, 2012

Since announcing Linda Darragh’s appointment as Executive Director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital last week, Kellogg has been abuzz with energy. In the wake of this news, I’ve received many questions about Kellogg’s renewed focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, what our goals are and why this matters. Read More...

Linda Darragh

Driving Envision Kellogg Forward
March 29, 2012

Since announcing our strategic plan – Envision Kellogg – last month, we have been focused on moving from concept to action. Key to our success over the next five years is the leadership team we’re putting in place for this journey. Read More...


A New Day for Kellogg in the 21st Century Collaboration Economy
February 6, 2012

Since the beginning of this century just over 10 years ago, the world has seen startling transformations—economically, politically, socially, physically, technologically and culturally. The geopolitical power balance has shifted toward the southern and eastern hemispheres. Old ways of wealth creation have fallen away.


Kellogg Newsmakers2011: A Year of Conversations
December 29, 2011

What a year 2011 has been for our world and what a year for Kellogg…

Like many of you, I find myself reading year-end lists, synopses and commentaries. As I reflect, I am inspired and humbled by stories of triumph even among the tragedies and losses that our world has seen this year.   Read More...

Building for our FutureBuilding for our Future
December 7, 2011

Now that Kellogg has selected Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) to design our new building, we’ve moved into high gear. We’re busy fostering detailed discussions among the Kellogg community about what the design needs to accomplish practically, while at the same time looking at the “built” world for ideas and inspiration for what we can accomplish aesthetically. Read More...

While in São Paulo, I had the chance to meet with 80-plus Kellogg alumni based in the region.

August 23, 2011

I was in São Paulo, Brazil this past week. While there, I had the chance to meet with 80-plus Kellogg alumni based in the region. I also participated in a meeting of the International Advisory Board for Fundação Dom Cabral, a long-time Kellogg partner in Executive Education. Read More...

Reflections on life, learning and lunch

July 15, 2011

I’m sitting on a rocky ledge on a small island a few miles off the coast of northern New England. Coming to the island has been a time for regrouping. I have caught up on sleep, spent time with old friends, enjoyed homemade bread, good wine and great views, and taken many walks. Between the salt air and the days full of exercise and laughter, it’s been a great time to recharge. Read More...

Reflections on life, learning and lunch

April 22, 2011

I’ll be stepping away from blogging for the next few weeks as it’s an extra-busy time. Reunions, graduations, trips to San Francisco, Kansas City, Houston, New York, and Asia, and I’ve agreed to host an academic conference here on campus on the study of groups and teams.But before I do, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on these last three months—which have been a deep growth phase for me as a manager and leader. Read More...

Anything is Possible at Kellogg

March 30, 2011

Today I celebrate a year since being announced as the dean of Kellogg. It’s been a transforming, invigorating and hectic year. I have met so many incredible people connected with Kellogg who energize me every day, as we work to set our trajectory for 2030. Read More...

On a Culture Note

March 10, 2011

At Kellogg’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference last month, I learned that building a strong venture capital firm and a strong business school have far more in common than I ever realized. The conference had a terrific line-up of speakers. Kevin Efrusy was one of them. He’s a partner at Accel Partners, early investors in both Facebook and Groupon. Read More...

Visualizing our Path Forward

February 25, 2011

Professor Harry Kraemer is about to publish a book on values-based leadership in which  he focuses on four principles, including the importance of self-reflection and balance. One of the things that I am doing to make sure that I get the balance right in this new job is to block a few days each quarter to get away—to leave work and Evanston behind. In the summer, it will continue to be the week-long silent retreats that I wrote about last August. At other times, the break won’t be quite as extended, but will still give me an opportunity to separate and reflect. Read More...

Convening Conversations that Matter

February 17, 2011

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been traveling more internationally and have had several great conversations with highly-placed alumni and advisors in global leadership roles. From those conversations, I have gotten a much keener sense for what they want and need from business schools and what they want and hope to see from Kellogg, in particular. They all love Kellogg. They have a deep passion and connection to the school. But there is a general sense across all of my conversations that Kellogg has an opportunity to reignite its spark—that gutsy, innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that first put us on the map. Read More...

First 100 Days

November 11, 2010

These 100 days have flown by, and I have to be honest—I am still not fully settled in. The last of my boxes and furniture only arrived in Evanston last week, and my suitcase has been packed and on planes with me every week. But despite the frequent travel and hectic pace of the transition, I find myself deeply energized and excited by the challenges and victories that lay ahead. I’m feeling more convinced than ever about the critical role that business schools need to own and embrace in preparing leaders for the 21st century and the unique role that Kellogg can play in that task. Read More...

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