Category: Leader Development

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Global Learning: Health Innovation & Entrepreneurship in South Africa

I’m probably in over my head. This thought dominated my head space the morning of July 27th, as I made my way downstairs to join the other participants of the inaugural ANDI-EMORY Health Technology Innovation workshop. Myself and three other business students, four law students and four Phd students were gathered in a 5 star hotel with highly accomplished professionals in the international science, business and law arenas to address a very important issue: access to affordable and sustainable solutions for neglected disease in Africa. My role as an MBA student was to help African fellows create business  presentations for...

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ONE YEAR AT GOIZUETA: PRIYANKA VOHRA – FORT BENNING LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CHALLENGE

I don’t come from a military background; in fact, only one person in our intimate class of 66 does know what it’s like to be in the army. Therefore, it came as no surprise that on the day of our highly anticipated Fort Benning Leadership Academy Challenge, the idea of being on the bus outside school at ‘Oh Six-Hundred’ on Saturday morning was a bit of a foreign concept to everyone. That morning, as we arrived at Goizueta before sunrise, I could sense the exhaustion of my classmates. After all, we’d just wrapped yet another intense week of deliverables, and...

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EvMBA THOUGHTS ON THE GETTYSBURG LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

I received an email a few months ago about participating in the  Leadership Experience. Although I was skeptical about the applicability of military leadership concepts from a Civil War battle in 1863 to business leadership in the 21st century, my interest was piqued. Personally, I wanted to know more about one of the most pivotal battles in U.S. history and professionally I was interested to find out if decisions made by Civil War leaders could be vital to improving my own decision-making ability and leadership skills. I paid the nominal $300 fee covering lodging, materials, and meals, as well...

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Semester Series: Kirk Smith – Leadership Coaching from the Other Side of the Table

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy What a difference a year makes. This time last year, I was just meeting my Leadership Coaching Fellow (LCF), a new position created as part of the Leadership curriculum at the Goizueta Business School. Each core team was assigned a LCF that would work with them to help improve the group dynamics, enhance productivity, and turn groups into efficient teams. Like many first year endeavors, it wasn’t perfect. By the time we met our coach many of my operating habits were so engrained that they were difficult...

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ONE-YEAR AT GOIZUETA: Keiylene Strickland – The Fort Benning Leadership Reaction Course: A Sunday to Remember

04:45 – my alarm goes off Wait, it’s a Sunday. What is happening? It’s the Fort Benning Leadership Reaction Course Day. We have been talking about this day for weeks and it is finally here. I pull myself out of bed and stagger around to get ready. Sunblock, check. Eye protection, concerning, but check. Change of clothes for when we get wet, check. I load up the car and head to GBS. 06:00 – arrive on campus Have you ever seen a zombie apocalypse? Ask a class of MBA students to arrive on campus at 6:00am on Sunday and...

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SEMESTER SERIES: KIRK SMITH – An Interview on the Leader’s Reaction Course

Recently, MBA students from the Goizueta Business School had the opportunity to participate the Fort Benning Leader’s Reaction Course. At this course, students are divided into small teams and are given a short period of time to complete several distinct obstacles. Here, current student Dave Swirsky shares his perspective on the challenge and why it added value to his Emory experience.