Ithai Stern, assistant professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, explains his research findings on effective strategies to climbing the career ladder.
In Chapter 11 of 13 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings shares why he left a strategy job at Dell to earn a Kellog MBA at Northwestern University. He chooses to study consumer marketing and build upon his psychology education. This focus leads Stallings to discover designers and their passion for psychology, including ethnographic research, heuristics, and schema. Stallings is currently a Senior Strategist at frog design.
In Chapter 12 of 13 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings shares how he sets job search priorities before graduating from Northwestern with a Kellogg MBA. Stallings finds an venture capital internship too similar to investment banking. He learns that top venture capitalists often have deep operations experience. Stallings chooses to find work where he can gain operations experience working across industry verticals.
In Chapter 16 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "How Would You Describe Your Management Style?" Starting his company, McKenzie leads loosely. Over time, he finds the managerial style that works best for him and his team is more assertive, hands-on, and built on structure and boundaries. He learns to separate how he works and how he gets motivated from what others require to thrive. Philip L. McKenzie is the Founder of the Influencer Conference.
In Chapter 6 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "What Does It Mean to Perform Under Pressure in the Work That You Do?" As founder of the Influencer Conference, McKenzie feels internal pressure to succeed and external pressures, including deadlines and goals. In both cases, he finds better organization helps manage pressure and limit negative job stress. Philip L. McKenzie is the Founder and Global Curator of Influencer Conference.
In Chapter 12 of 23 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, author and public speaker Simon Sinek answers "What Did You Learn in Your First Job After College That is Still Relevant Today?" Sinek shares how he learned not to manage people while working at his first job after college. He works for a boss who focuses on the negative and chooses to point out team member weaknesses and not strengths. Sinek finds the experience demotivating and over time learns that the opposite approach works.
In Chapter 19 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "What Has Your Experience Taught You About What Makes a Good Project Manager?" Soh shares how awareness, organization and preparation help her better lead and manage project teams. She notes the many resource variables involved in health policy and science research project management. By using these approaches she is able to bring together teams of programmers principal research investigators.
In his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, charter school CFO Andrew Epstein answers "How Are Your Responsibilities Changing As Your Career Evolves?" Working as a CFO in a charter management organization, Epstein manages a finance and operations team across multiple schools and the overall network. His responsibilities change most by giving him a global view of the organization and putting good people to work for the organization. Epstein is CFO of the Ascend Learning Charter School Network.
In Chapter 6 of 16, environmental management expert Andrew Hutson shares how his mentor relationship with Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment professor Ronie Garcia-Johnson started and evolved before her sudden death at the age of 34. Professor Garcia-Johnson counseled Hutson to think about things no one else is thinking about. Hutson focuses his energy on corporate sustainability, specifically within the supply chain, at the time an unknown field.
In Chapter 20 of 21 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, business school professor Ben Hallen channels his entrepreneurial experience into his academic research, focusing on high commitment relationship building and how entrepreneurs alter and change dynamics Hallen is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at University of Maryland.
In Chapter 1 of 21 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, business school professor Ben Hallen answers "To What Do You Aspire?" Ben aspires to have impact and hopefully alter how people go about being entrepreneurs. An experienced entrepreneur, Hallen tries to find tools to help others be more successful entrepreneurs in his academic research and teaching. Hallen is currently Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School.