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    to the video here before but in a series of two interviews he talks about what leaders are In the VIDEO 48 30 the Dean says the following Not all of us in the world have the privilege of working in something that itself is inherently passionate Some of us work where it s like work But everybody can be in a place where their work is valued where they have opportunities to grow where they are respected and where they can see the connection between their work and the larger purposes that they serve And that has been something I ve tried to do at this place And so I gave a little motto There are no unimportant jobs at the Harvard Business School Everybody has an important role to play And you work in an organization to help people understand that s not rhetoric It s real And that is what leaders do Leaders instill in people a sense of purpose and they inspire people They inspire people if they are god because they c onnect people to the larger purpose In the same manner business schools talk a lot about leadership today What you can do to lead an organization What it takes to be effective Interestingly enough one of the main critiques of MBA grads is that they have great technical skills but that they also have less than perfect leadership skills That they don t always navigate organizations or manage people as well as they could But instead that they shine because of their analytical and quantitative skills As a first hand viewer today I wouldn t say that the statement is incorrect After all that s what many of the so called top employers look for too Interviewees that can run the numbers Create spreadsheets Produce detailed PowerPoint presentations And do math in front of them in an interview Not people that can tell a good story Manage hundreds of people Convince the masses Or come up with a new and innovative idea on the spot So in many ways there is an interesting disconnect in what leaders do and what so called future leaders are taught It ll be interesting to see how this disconnect continues to play out Sunday October 23rd 2011 Business School Leadership 1 Comment Kellogg s 2011 Change the World Conference This past Saturday Kellogg held its 12th Annual Innovating Social Change Conference The Conference is one of the Net Impact Club s most important events during the year and it constitutes the largest gathering of game changing social impact thinkers and students here on campus Participants from all around campus attended this year s event And in my view as well as the opinion of most of this year s attendees the conference didn t let any of us down Just like the conference last year the quality of the speakers and panel was exceptional The topics were varied the speakers engaging and discussions interesting And in part that was a testament to some of the people that spoke on panels at this year s conference including Jason Saul Faculty Kellogg School of Management Drew Von Glahn Managing Partner and Co Founder Third Sector Capital Liam Krehbiel 07 Founder CEO A Better Chicago Megan Kashner 03 Founder CEO Benevolent net James Shepard 95 CEO Achieve Mission Dr Jamie N Jones 09 Assistant Director Social Enterprise Program Kellogg School Amy Chen Program Director Food for Good PepsiCo Global Nutrition Group Paul Ellingstad Director of Global Health HP Baily Blair Kempner Director of Growth Sustainability Endeavor Global Pompa Debroy Program Director India Embrace In addition to great panels the conference also featured scheduled breaks to interact with other attendees and panelists a lunch session to eat with panelists and attendees that have similar interests in in the nonprofit space and a networking event at the end to meet other students and attendees over a glass of wine This year s keynote speakers included Seth Goldman President and Chief Executive Officer Honest Tea Darell Hammond Chief Executive Officer and Founder KaBOOM and Lisa Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Calvert Foundation Seth Goldman kicked off the Conference where he talked a bit about his company Honest Tea during his opening keynote address How he founded the company and sustainability initiative At the same time Mr Goldman was optimistic that all the MBAs in the room had the power to change the world by doing the same thing And that one of the best ways to have that impact was to make change in business because business has access to a massive set of channels If we don t change the direction we re headed we ll end up where we re going he said quoting an old Chinese proverb He said that we need to move in a different direction and one thing that won t work is waiting Darell Hammond discussed his personal experience in the industry He talked about his work with communities corporations to build playgrounds and that helps kids And he also talked about the importance of getting new blood in the nonprofit industry For his company he said We are about the cause not the credit and that s the reason you go into the nonprofit space encouraging us to think similarly He also said You don t have to start something But everything you touch make better The idea was that we don t have to come us with the next novel nonprofit but that we can find a novel nonprofit to work with But perhaps my favorite ideas came from panelist Megan Kashner who used to work at the Taproot Foundation Megan shared her experiences saying how she worked in nonprofit from a young age and went straight into the industry after getting an MBA a stark contrast to the former bankers and consultants on the panel Megan acknowledged that nonprofits need to find more ways to attract and retain high potential employees to nonprofits And unlike the advice of her fellow panelists she said You don t have to wait You can go work at a nonprofit right away after Kellogg In the end some of the main themes from the conference are some that I write about here on my site That it s not just about using your MBA to do well but it s also about giving back and to make the world better And secondly that the world is in need of people to enter the industry And that MBAs are prime candidates to take on leading roles and have real impact And that you don t have to wait to do that To learn more about Kellogg s annual Change the World conference go to the main conference website at http kellogg campusgroups com isc schedule Sunday October 16th 2011 Business School Careers No Comments You Don t Have to Wait Many people in business school have interesting ideas They have companies they want to launch Projects they want to get started on Jobs they want to apply to But often times they don t pursue these opportunities right away Instead they wait until the the final days before taking action In some cases it makes sense because they are good timelines to follow but often times people only follow them because they are there So they get busy and don t take action until the very end Well in such cases I propose the simple idea that it might be worth starting sooner That you don t have to wait One thing I ve learned from being in graduate school is that things get busy and we have deadlines for everything homework assignments that are due job applications that we submit and agendas for our clubs and other campus groups So we put a lot of things on our calendars get dozens of reminders a day or two before these things are due and we only finish some of them right before the deadlines The same is true in the professional world as well We set up dozens of meetings in a given week and promise multiple deliverables to clients and internal team members As a result we fill our days with other activities to keep us busy while we adhere to these timelines that have been set up But what if we all asked ourselves the question can we speed up the date that these things are due Why don t we take action sooner What if we work on our deliverables before we are expected Would the results be better And the product be higher quality After all the best companies on the planet do that quite well Consider Apple I see the same thing happen all the time in business school where we find ourselves using the days before the deadline as an incentive to finally make progress Especially on things that have a high initial learning curve But I d argue that taking this approach may not always be the best one Doing it this way means you have less time to get feedback Less time to think about your strategy Less time to make revisions And in the end less time to produce a quality work product Don t get me wrong I respect deadlines and adhere to many of them myself Especially the ones that I don t have control over And the ones that are well timed But in many cases I don t know if we always need them That instead these artificial dates hold us back Today I face this same challenge as I think about the timing for my new website I wonder when the site should be fully launched When should I finish my business plan And when should I tell more and more people about the project As I think about the timing for all these questions I hope that I can take action faster But in some ways that remains to be seen In sum don t wait Get started now Ignore bad deadlines You might be better off in the end Hopefully I am too Tuesday October 11th 2011 Business School Careers 1 Comment Kellogg Merger Article Fortune Favors the Bold and the Think Bravely Slogan To all the current Kellogg students from the classes of 2012 welcome to campus I hope you ve enjoyed the first few weeks back And to the class of 2013 about to embark on your first year I hope you are off to a good start so far In general I can t enough about how valuable the MBA experience is Not only can it be a golden ticket to a new illustrious career but also an avenue to do some really interesting and high impact things when you get done For some even game changing things Given my thoughts on the topic the Merger Kellogg Newspaper recently asked me to write an article where I talked about just that It was the only opinion article in the last newspaper See below for the article Title Fortune Favors the Bold Author Jeremy C Wilson We ve all heard the theory before That if you want to do something great you have to have the courage to pursue your biggest passions Those game changing ideas that only come to mind in your bravest moments But also those ideas that fleet faster than the blink of an eye when fear takes over Well Dean Blount and Kellogg recently agreed with this theory when they released Kellogg s new school new slogan Think Bravely What does it actually mean to think bravely A number of things come to mind Thinking more about your passions Taking bigger risks Finding new opportunities for change And thinking about what you can do to change them Well ever since getting an email from the Dean on July 12 th this summer Dean Blount has spent a lot of time trying to explain even better She s put out multiple press releases made changes to the website and updated most of the marketing materials And over the last few months the slogan has really gotten a lot of buzz And no I don t just mean the alliterative names that people have come up with at the Keg During convocation in August the Dean talked about the need to create leaders with the willingness to do something different and challenge convention but that today society is surrounded by just the opposite She noted failures by the world s top companies scandals from the most well known CEOs and ill judged decision making in different industries e g BP s Gulf of Mexico disaster She also introduced new staff member Elisabeth Ziegler who had been named Associate Dean of MBA Programs e g COO of Kellogg Betsy comes to Kellogg after graduating from HBS spending 13 years with McKinsey and turning down countless stock options to work at the fastest growing company on the planet And she did this all for the chance to come work in the education space A decision many consider to be brave The idea is that Kellogg got where it is today because the school and its people started by thinking differently That they cared deeply about thinking outside box and figuring out how to get people to work in teams to have more impact And that new staff members and students should embody that same spirit But Kellogg isn t the only one thinking about it In a recent talk Alyssa Rapp CEO of the internet start up Bottlenotes once said the same thing That you have to be brave That it s not just about going to a top school and chasing a high paying job But it s about finding new opportunities Alyssa followed her own advice when she passed on illustrious opportunities at Stanford GSB and spent her summer at a winery in South Africa to start her business Well being brave paid off when her company took off and she was named a Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneur by Inc Magazine Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg agreed during a recent graduation talk She noted that one thing she learned working with the Founders of Google and Facebook was that if you want to make a difference you have to think big right from day one She noted the posters around the walls of her firm One of them said Fortune favors the bold The other said What would you do if you weren t afraid Today these ideas also echo in the halls of Kellogg as first years think about what to get involved in and second years are thinking about their careers more than ever before Will we risk it all to be great and pursue the career we ve always dreamed of Will we walk away from a top offer in today s economy to do something brave And will we start a new company without the stability of venture funding As we embark on the new year with almost endless career options in front of us the million dollar question is what are we going to do with them How will we leverage the business education we receive Where are there opportunities to use it for change And will we spend our time thinking about how we can change them Personally I agree with Kellogg that we have to Think Bravely about these questions And I challenge the entire student body including myself to not be afraid But instead take bigger risks Go where no one has gone before And risk it all to do something great Welcome back to campus classes of 2012 and 2013 I look forward to hearing about the brave things you get involved in this year In the meantime 1 CLICK HERE to see the Think Bravely Video that Kellogg put together 2 Please let me know if you have any comments or feedback Sunday October 9th 2011 Business School Careers No Comments KWEST Ecuador Service Project Walk Not Trek to School After months of waiting to start in business school the Kellogg class of 2013 is finally in full swing here at Kellogg But before any of the on campus chaos ever began students had the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to KWEST Kellogg Worldwide Experiences and Service Trip As part of KWEST most of the trips took part in a service activity abroad Well the point of this article is to tell you a little bit more about how KWEST Ecuador is changing the world In general students could tell by the description which trips were more heavily focused on service than others and some students used that when helping to decide which tirp to take part in Some trips focus heavily on service For the leaders it s a way to give back and so spending a few hours is something they definitely want to do For other trips the leaders aren t necessarily as focused on the service activity Those trip will put in the service time but often do activities that may not be as high value And other trips would prefer not to spend as much time on the service component These trips will often do an activity simply to check the box And this year some did their components in Evanston before the trip or in some cases after the trip In terms of Ecuador our goal was to really have a substantial service portion Not only only did we want our KWESTees to meet new students and have a blast in Ecuador but also find a way give back to the community we were visiting To show that Kellogg students aren t just about doing well but also doing good To hear more about the actual activity see our short article about the experience below KWEST Ecuador October 06 2011 Tena Ecuador WALK NOT TREK TO SCHOOL Written by

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    worthwhile Not only because they got a chance to have as much fun as ever before but also because they got to do it with some of their best friends at Kellogg and with some of they new friends they met on the slopes I look forward to more times like this over the next few months in business school Sunday December 18th 2011 Business School No Comments Private Equity at Kellogg One of the most popular industries at Kellogg is the private equity industry Not only does working in private equity offer a challenging career path but it also offers the potential to make a big paycheck Especially for those who are good make it to the top and get carry at the firm The problem is that the firms are very selective about who they hire and when they hire So the question everyone has at Kellogg how do you get into the private equity industry The private equity industry one of the hottest industries here on campus Hordes of my MBA classmates look hard for opportunities to join top private equity firms They start with firms such as Blackstone KKR and Bain Capital but explore a long list of other firms too Some in Chicago but also lots in New York the Bay and a myriad of other cities Many of the people recruiting for these jobs come from jobs in banking and private equity before school Some work at funds over the summer And others take Kellogg s Buyout Lab class that places them in a part time PE role for the quarter to get them more exposure and training In general those who work at firms over the summer aren t guaranteed an offer In fact it s often not even an option One girl I know never had the option She had great performance reviews got along well with everyone and got stellar feedback But in the end she was told maybe reach back out to us next year to see where things stand Another guy I spoke with yesterday had to re interview for his job despite getting outstanding reviews for the summer He even had to re meet with the people that gave him the best reviews But luckily he sealed the deal to go back full time And a third person got a maybe and was asked to keep working throughout the school year to see if things worked out So he spent 20 or so hours doing that in hopes to land a gig For some of these students a Kellogg MBA ends up being their ticket into the PE world One person I spoke with noted that their strategy was to identify connections from Kellogg or prior firms to specific funds and have discussions with them to see if there was a good fit with these funds For others Kellogg is more of a two year vacation They have the experience and connections and now are happy for the opportunity to work less the next couple of years After all many of these guys were used to working 75 to 80 hours before school And for some it could be anything but a vacation if your job search takes longer than expected One friend of mine got a PE job just days before the Kellogg school year ended last year A lot of these people tend to take a lot of the finance classes as it helps with their knowledge set enhances their recruiting profiles and puts them in classes with other people that have similar interests And so as you might imagine some are also really good with Microsoft Excel In the end there s definitely a lot of buzz in the PE world To get there you have to learn the language and learn Excel take finance classes and recruit in a less traditional way than your classmates You also have to be willing to face uncertainty and potentially not get a job offer But on the other end of the spectrum you could hit the jackpot and land a job where the earning potential could be limitless Wednesday December 14th 2011 Business School Careers 4 Comments Volunteer at PrivateBank Food Drive at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on 12 17 Hey Everyone just a quick message to tell you about a food drive that s coming up to in Chicago It s been going on for the past few years and my friend James from Chicago Booth is a long time volunteer It s been run for the past 15 years by his mentor Bruce Hague who is President of Commercial Lending at the PrivateBank At the event volunteers typically spend time starting at 6am unloading trucks of food and making food baskets for those who cannot afford to buy Christmas dinners This year s event will be next Saturday the 17th at 6am Please see below for more detailed information about the event Below are few details about the event Below that is a letter about volunteering Hope to see you there Details The address of the church is 45th and Princeton and secured parking will be provided Starting time is 6AM on Saturday December the 17 My friend James Day from Chicago Booth is a long time volunteer Letter For the past few years The Private Bank and its employees have participated in raising holiday donations and collecting food for the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church located on the south side of the city at 47th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway The money collected is used to purchase food and basic supplies for needy families in the community during the holiday season Last year we raised nearly 23 000 and received food donations in excess of 5 000 This allowed us to distribute 1 500 food packages to these families A sample package would include various can goods fresh fruit potatoes and a frozen turkey This year our goal is to raise 30 000 in cash and food donations to feed 1 600 families For those of you who participated last year you know what a worthwhile experience it was to be a part of this process Last year over 60 volunteers went down to the church at 6 00 a m on the day of the event put together and delivered the packages to the homes of the recipients as well as to several shelters in the area This is a truly rewarding experience and one where we can actively participate in giving back to our community We would love for you to participate in this year s event The date for the preparation and distribution of the food packages this year is Saturday December 18 Participants will meet at the church beginning at 6 00 a m you can come later but need to be at the church no later than 8 00 a m We should be finished by noon If you wish to donate funds and or be a participant in this very worthwhile cause please call Maureen Higgins at 312 564 1262 x3 1262 or Adriane Schauf at 312 564 6903 x3 6903 Donations by check should be made payable to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and sent to either Maureen or Adriane s attention Chicago 120 South LaSalle In addition many of these families are without warm jackets gloves mittens or scarves for the winter months These items of clothing are also needed and should be in good condition New toys for children of all ages are always needed Thank you for your consideration Sunday December 11th 2011 Business School No Comments Excitement for Kellogg Skip Trip At long last final exams for the winter quarter semester are finally over For first years it was there first time back in school taking exams again So for many of them it was a spring to the finish line the past few weeks For second years the academics were a bit easier We took the right classes finished a little early and had a few extra days to relax But either way we both have one thing in common At this very moment we re all on our way to ski trip Today is the start of what is going to be a great week As I ve been mentioning in recent entries the end of final exams has come and that means that about 800 people here will be headed to Kellogg s week long Ski Trip which is in Telluride And people are quite excited about the trip But don t take it from me take it from Facebook which makes it easy to see just how excited people are In fact on my very first page right now I see messages like ski trip coming up party bus to the airport ski trip is on En route to ORD and Telluride via party bus pumping house music Sorry for party rocking were 3 of the first 5 messages on my Facebook Feed And the next 10 are all the same Messages such as I ll pay someone to pack for me EXAMS ARE OVER A week of skiing parties celebrations and MBA poker up ahead in Telluride LifeAtKellogg and many many more And it s only 5am That s because early in our Kellogg careers we re encouraged to work hard and do the best we can which means the first quarter can be tough So once that s over precisely the opposite approach comes out and people are ready to let loose and have little more fun First years really buy into this approach even more than second years So they buy more ridiculous costumes for the trip They purchase things like fog machines which they usually can t actually use given the altitude silly first years And they are preparing for the biggest party of their lives Second years on the other hand have a bit more realistic view of the trip Ready not only for partying but also for skiing and for being with out good friends again But no matter which camp you fall into it should be a pretty good time Either way we have to get there first From Evanston to Telluride This morning a few hundred people will be going with the bigger Kellogg group So you bus to the airport and fly with the big group into Durango Others went to CA first before flying in today Others flew to Denver yesterday and are driving to Telluride from there And my group started in Bozeman Montana drove to Salt Lake City last night and will be headed to Telluride bright and early today It will be a long day of travel for most but should still be worth it in the end Stay tuned to hear how Ski Trip goes And in the meantime check out this video for a sneak peak at the resort we ll be staying at for the trip Saturday December 10th 2011 Business School No Comments Tradeoffs Last year in Finance we spent an entire week discussing the efficient frontier And it wasn t the first time it came up in business school In our MBA classes we talk about the portfolio theory a lot The idea is that you can optimize the things you choose to invest in if you can figure out how to balance the risk and return That you can think about what your tradeoffs are and make decisions possible to maximize profit Well in some ways those same questions about tradeoffs happen here in graduate school In business school I ve come to find that a lot of people are constantly searching for that efficient frontier The edge of the parabola where you can maximize risk and reward The very tip of the Tangent Portfolio where you can look out over the edge and see exactly what s happening In some cases you re searching for more leverage and risk because you want to see if you maximize your profit But in other cases you re looking for less risk and more opportunities to take things a bit easier The concept is simple At almost every given point in graduate school you have to make decisions Decisions about what classes you want to take Which jobs you want to apply to Which professors to bid on What clubs you want to join And if you re single what guys girls you might want to pursue But in the end you can t do all of them Maybe most of them but not all of them It s impossible Instead you have to figure out what combination of things works best for you That is to say which combination of things leads you to the best potential outcome based on your interests The outcome with the most reward The highest profit And in MBA lingo the best return on your business school investment In our case as MBA students or JD MBA students we all measure reward and profit differently For many of us profit is a mix of both social and economic return So mot only the jobs we get but also the friends we make and the reputations we build It s also about the activities we take part in the experiences we have and all the other things you could imagine are important As you might imagine each student here values these individual elements differently so you can t just copy what someone else is doing Some of us have a lazer focus on getting a specific job Especially if we were unhappy in our prior careers Others of us want to increase our networks make more friends or do more traveling Others want to engage in academics since they haven t been able to do that since college And then there are some that want a mix of everything That s the group that I fall into And while these tradeoff decisions happen all year long they become amplified during times like recruiting and finals period when time is limited and it feels like more is at stake than ever before So in those cases you feel the pressure Pressure not only to make the right decision but also to do well and get a return the money you re spending And you can t get away with not making a decision Because if you don t you re position on the scale automatically moves You return goes down The risk goes up And you can feel yourself sliding Moving toward the edge About to fall off the side And if you haven t decided yet at that very moment you ll be forced to In short there are a lot of tradeoffs in business school Wednesday December 7th 2011 Business School Careers No Comments Business Cards in Business School One thing we sure do get a lot of in business school is business cards We start collecting them from future classmates before we ever step foot on campus We get them at company receptions and recruiting events We get them on industry Treks and at coffee chats And we get them from guest speakers when they come to class And after getting hundreds of them just in the past few years the one question that lingers is how useful are they I remember when I got my first box of business cards back in 2009 They were white they had nice Northwestern Law and Kellogg logos and they got most of us excited about using them to find great jobs while in school So we put our cards in our wallets and sent out on a mission to give them out to the world At least initially Soon after many of us came to find that business cards have been a lot more useful to collect than they ve been to give We spend a lot more time talking to people whose cards we want than with people that want our cards And we spend a lot of time in business school in the job hunt process so we re incessantly seeking out more information I m in the final year of my JD MBA program and collecting business cards has certainly been helpful I ve taken them plentifully and given many of my own away Each one with a promise The promise to follow up A promise to keep in touch And a promise to connect someone I met with someone I know Some of those were kept Others broken Others still lingering I m reminded about how many cards I ve collected because I just went through a stack of cards that I had on my desk It s been so interesting that I ve decided to get the other stack that sits in my closet Not only have I come across people that were great professional contacts but also some really interesting ones Like the a Minister of Health in Nairobi Kenya The Chief Marketing Officer of Fandango One of the earliest employees at Redbox And one admitted student I met at a business school admit weekend in Cambridge back in 2009 Unfortunately I also found some expired movie passes in the pile which was a bit of a disappointment I d been looking for those for a couple of months In some ways I m curious how much longer business cards will last Despite their usefulness for me and my classmates today people use the Internet more than ever before Not only is it faster than using a card but it s also easier You can search for someone on LinkedIn to find the information they need And you can exchange Twitter handles and email addresses faster than phone numbers and at no cost Even though it s not the norm today I can envision a day where it is the norm a few years from now Either way if you re

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  • such the school and career center make sure that people have resources to recruit there But that s not necessarily the case for startups There world of start ups is unlike most industries in business school In terms of recruiting there s no database of companies There are no lists of alumni No formal list of questions to ask in interviews or skills that you should emphasize when talking Instead you have to figure out a lot of it on your own Ironically in the same way that you might if you were working at the small firm you d have to figure out what you need to be working on to stay competitive Given that process the question that many people will have over the next few months then is what do I have to do to get a job at a startup And can I get one of those job from Kellogg Or from another top MBA program While the answer to that question is yes the caveat is that getting one of those jobs won t be easy Especially at a cool start up In some cases getting the job might be harder than getting a job at a prestigious traditional employer So the questions is what does it take to successfully navigate the start up recruiting process In general it s not a question I m necessarily qualified to answer but a few simple things come to mind right away Learning to sell Understanding the business models for small companies Understanding technology and specifically the technology that specific companies use Knowing how to leverage video and multimedia Understanding who the customer is Understanding the added value of a product or service And then figuring out how to show a startup who doesn t have as much time to spend on recruiting that you can actually do these things well But perhaps more important than all of this is that you also need to understand the process of recruiting for a start up After all many startups and other small business aren t really hiring or looking to fill an open job post They don t have a job board don t have a required number of people and don t have slotted pay grades As such you have to learn to navigate the job process So doing things like going to the right conferences going to networking events meeting people in the industry and staying informed on what s happening And finally you also have to learn how to wait patiently Startups and smaller companies tend to recruit at the tail end of the year So while all your friends are getting jobs at big companies prestigious firms and high paying industries you ll have to sit back watch them enjoy the ride lay the groundwork and get ready to start hitting the ground harder midway through the year In fact many of my classmates and friends didn t get jobs until the final weeks and

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  • perfectly set up to happen that way Things move fast Jobs are competitive And positions are put out on platters for everyone to be enticed It even happens in bad economies at top MBA programs On one side of the spectrum are the people who want to pursue all their interests They want to see everything that s out there Meet more and more companies Learn as much as they can about general business And put all that together to come up with broad based set of companies to recruit for So they do just that On the other side are those that are laser focused They work on building a critical mass of knowledge reaching out to more and more people in one firm reading up on the company to find details that can help them stand out in the process and most importantly finding resonance with the decision making employees But both situations create a bit of difficulty In the first case students can get confused They meet too many people Dont have time to focus And have interviews and offers in different industries In the second case people work so hard for one industry or one company that they lose perspective They forget about other great opportunities Or work hard at something that never even pans out And in the end both people can end up being more confused than before Nearly everyone experiences this to some degree in business school We re taught to dream big Recruit at all the big firms Go beyond the usual suspects And leverage this one opportunity to do something different And for most students they come out successful Some get the jobs of the dreams Many get amazing jobs they never originally considered And the majority get really great jobs

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  • to begin with Getting your idea out to more and more classmates Showing the value proposition in ways that other teams might forget to address And most importantly sending the right message to students throughout the week And when you think about it this is the goal of any mass marketer like Kraft P G and all the other companies that come to campus But that s easier said that done right After all people aren t easily convinced They aren t easily persuaded to give their time and spend their own resources on something they ve never used before Further you have to compete with similar products that undergo the same process of market evaluation that you did Especially on game day e g during TG when all the teams are competing side by side So in the end your job is make decision on dozens if not hundred of assumptions Assumptions about the color location of your product and pitch that will ultimately get people to say Yes This is what happens in the week leading up to the marketing competition Teams come up with a positioning strategy The create a mini business plan Put marketing materials up over the school And they think about their target customer In fact I d argue that the teams in the competition should do more of this last thing e g customers That is to say instead of starting with the masses start with a smaller number of people A few students in your study group A few students in your section Or a few of your best friends And test your pitch and product to see their reaction And tweak it until it works And once they get the idea right for friends then you scale Get it out to

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  • of how many points the classes should go for At Kellogg it s all based on a survey we fill out at the end of the class just before the final exam The survey has 3o or 40 questions which include ones about the professor the class content and the fairness of grading And it uses a scale from 1 to 10 At the law school it s a bit more qualitative In addition to having a rating scale from 1 to 5 the survey also has a qualitative portion This allows students to provide constructive usually written feedback about the class And the material actually ends up being quite helpful as we select classes I think the business school should consider adopting this system The most popular elective courses are Entrepreneurial Finance Rogers Managerial Leadership Kraemer Global Lab Negotiations Medvek Financial Decisions Raviv and Management Communications Van Camp Last year I took Entrepreneurial Finance and thought the class was definitely good Next quarter I successfully bid on Management Communications a class that aims to improve student skills in communication In short this is an experiential course where you have to deliver a speech every week in order to get better at communicating The challenge of picking the right classes is daunting And for JD MBAs it can take a herculean effort to get everything to work out in the end First you have to figure out what types of classes to take At Kellogg people take classes for a few different reasons One reason is to gain knowledge in a specific area That happens a lot with the finance and marketing classes Another reason is because they want to work on more practical skills That s where classes like Negotiations and Communications comes in to play Students also choose classes purely from interest so they pick a topic they don t know much about And students also pick classes because they have top professors It all stems from the motto Take the professor not the course This is what happens a lot of time in the most popular courses After you have a list of courses you want to consider taking next you have to figure out how much to bid for them If you didn t bid a lot of points on the popular classes then you had no shot of getting them Entrepreneurial Finance has traditionally been one of the highest closing classes every year Next quarter s class went for just under 1300 points Global Lab went for higher than ever before at over 1450 points and Negotiations went for over 1500 points which might also be an all time high The tricky part here is that everyone only has a limited number of points so you can t bid high for everything Then third you have to balance all of that with fitting everything into your schedule So getting them on the right days at the right times Which is especially tricky for JD MBAs

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  • spends a lot of time thinking about social issues such as women s careers She also usually comes off as bright and accomplished which is what you d expect from the COO of a company like Facebook That said it s clear here that Mark was handling most of the interview That he took control of more of the tough questions And that on more than one occasion he made sure to add to responses after Sheryl It s also clear that the two have very different styles On one hand Sheryl comes off as energetic has more of a Capital Hill personality and goes out of her to way to display good camaraderie with Mark Zuckerberg She also has good presence and clearly enjoys the idea of public speaking On the other hand Zuckerberg has a more dominant personality and took more control during the interview It was also clear that he s a bit more foreful and a bit less comfortable on the camera though probably better here than he s been in times past But one thing they did both had was a belief in the company mission That Facebook s desire to make the world more connected and open really came through during the entire discussion Another takeaway from the interview was that Facebook s strategy was more focused than competitors That it wanted to do one thing well connect people better whereas competitors often get spread too thin by doing too many things And finally I also noticed that they spent a lot of time discussing Facebook s goal of being seen as more transparent That it cared deeply about data privacy issues and wanted to ensure that everyone else knew about this value To see more of the dynamics between the two and to

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  • MBA program If you re interested in learning more about Northwestern or business school generally I hope to join the call this Thursday Likewise you should also feel free to pass the information along to any others that might find the webinar useful Friends that are considering business school JD MBA programs or Kellogg And if they are interested but can t make this one no big deal This will be part of an ongoing series of chats that I ll be taking part in every two weeks which will happen over the course of the next few months Below in a blurb about the event You can also CLICK HERE to see the website URL http www beatthegmat com mba event life as a kellogg jdmba student Jeremy is a current JD MBA student at Kellogg and he s happy to share more about his experience with you If you re interested in learning more about Kellogg admissions life at Kellogg or about the JD MBA degree then this is your chance to ask questions to someone who s already made it Jeremy also keeps a very popular blog which we highly encourage you to check out He often posts updates about life as a b school student and a host of other very interesting topics Monday November 14th 2011 Business School 2 Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at

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