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JAB’s Peter Harf: hire ambitious talent and give them a mission
February 16, 2019 | | Financial Times | by Leila Abboud and Arash Massoudi.

JAB oversees its portfolio of coffee, beverages, and casual dining companies. .....When everything was going wrong last year at Coty, the cosmetics company backed by investment group JAB Holdings, Peter Harf reacted with characteristic ruthlessness, replacing Coty’s chief financial officer and chief executive, and taking back the Coty chairmanship from his longtime associate, Bart Becht. Describing last year’s share price decline of more than 60% as “unacceptable” for JAB and its co-investors, Mr Harf says the situation “had to have serious consequences” even for his inner circle......Harf believes that identifying talented people — and incentivising them through performance-based pay — have been key to his success over his nearly 40-year career..... just as important to Harf is knowing when to jettison those who are no longer serving the mission he has overseen since he was 35: growing the wealth of Germany’s reclusive Reimann family who are behind JAB....Harf's vision was for JAB to be modelled on Berkshire Hathaway, the investment conglomerate built by his idol, Warren Buffett. Success would come not only from backing the right leaders but by patiently building brands, embarking on deals and taking companies public to cash in on bets....Harf felt he had assembled a dream team: “My mantra has always been that I need to hire people who are better than me. Lions hire lions and sheep hire other sheep.”

Three questions for Peter Harf
(1) Who is your leadership hero?

“Warren Buffett. Hands down. All this stuff that I intend to do to make JAB into a long-term investment vehicle, he does it to perfection. He’s the greatest investor in the world, and I want to be like him. If we invest as well as Warren, we’ve won. Very simple.”

(3) What was your first leadership lesson?

One of my biggest role models was Bruce Henderson, the founder of Boston Consulting Group. When I worked for him, I prepared a three-page analysis about a problem. It had 10 bullet points as the conclusion. He dismissed it as way too complicated and said: “Don’t try to field every ball.” He meant that if you wanted to be a good leader, you have to be able to focus on the important stuff first.
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The trouble often starts when leaders start listing five or seven or 11 priorities. As Jim Collins, the author of the best-selling management books “Good to Great” and “Built to Last,” is fond of saying: “If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.”
BCG  Berkshire_Hathaway  beverages  casual_dining  coffee  commitment  CPG  dealmakers  deal-making  departures  exits  family_office  family-owned_businesses  HBS  hiring  investors  JAB  Keurig  lifelong  mission-driven  private_equity  portfolio_management  ruthlessness  talent  troubleshooting  Warren_Buffett 
february 2019 by jerryking
Roaring Out of Recession
Ranjay GulatiNitin NohriaFranz Wohlgezogen
FROM THE MARCH 2010 ISSUE
HBS  economic_downturn 
october 2018 by jerryking
Mihir Desai explains the Wisdom of Finance | FT Alphaville
ERDAY By: Matthew C Klein

The theme of the book, and of our conversation, is that finance is a humanistic discipline. It deals with the same question that philosophy and literature have grappled with for thousands of years: how can we mortals thrive in a world full of danger?

The textbook answers finance provides to this question might be filled with maths and specialist jargon, but Desai’s point is that the concepts should be familiar to anyone.

We covered a lot of ground, including but not limited to:

The connection between poetry and insurance
What it means to create value
The power of leverage
The benefits of bankruptcy
The ways that finance can improve or derange people’s personalities
finance  Misir_Desai  HBS  humanities 
december 2017 by jerryking
Morehouse College Names Harvard Business Professor as Its President - WSJ
Oct. 16, 2017 | WSJ | By Douglas Belkin.

School faces same enrollment challenges as many historically black colleges.
HBCUs  Morehouse  the_South  Atlanta  appointments  deanships  HBS  enrollment 
october 2017 by jerryking
Book Pins Corporate Greed on a Lust Bred at Harvard - The New York Times
Andrew Ross Sorkin
DEALBOOK APRIL 10, 2017

the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Mass... produces a disproportionate number of the nation’s business leaders.

“The Golden Passport,” by the veteran business journalist Duff McDonald, is a richly reported indictment of the school as a leading reason that corporate America is disdained by much of the country.

“The Harvard Business School became (and remains) so intoxicated with its own importance that it blithely assumed away one of the most important questions it could ask, which was whether the capitalist system it was uniquely positioned to help improve was designed properly for the long term,”
HBS  capitalism  greed  Andrew_Sorkin  books  mission-driven  leaders  leadership_development 
april 2017 by jerryking
Wilbur Ross brings art of restructuring to Team Trump
JANUARY 21, 2017 | FT| by: Philip Delves Broughton.

“When you start out with your adversary understanding that he or she is going to have to make concessions, that’s a pretty good background to begin.”

So all this stuff about tariffs and walls and protectionism turns out to be pure gamesmanship.......In his career as an investment banker at NM Rothschild and then running his own business, WL Ross & Co, he has shown repeatedly how he can dive into an industrial dung heap and emerge with a fistful of dollars and not a speck on his silk tie......... Working on his own account, Mr Ross’s most famous deal was his purchase of an ailing group of US steelmakers in 2002, shortly before President George W Bush imposed tariffs on imports of steel. Mr Ross used the protection to fix the operations, cut debt and draft new contracts with workers. He was able to take the company public in 2003 and sell it two years later to the Indian steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal.

He has pulled off similar tricks, mostly successfully in coal mining, textiles and banking, immersing himself again and again in new industries and the minutiae of the laws, trade rules and contracts that govern them.

As a student at Harvard Business School, Mr Ross was mentored by Georges Doriot, a pioneering advocate for venture capital, who said: “People who do well in life understand things that other people don’t understand.”
For bothering to understand things that most people don’t, Mr Ross deserves more credit than he gets. He is often easily dismissed as a vulture or someone who buys low and sells high. But what he has done is hard. The devil in restructuring is in the grinding detail of voluminous contracts and difficult, often highly emotional negotiations.
Wilbur_Ross  negotiations  steel  Georges_Doriot  HBS  vulture_investing  new_industries  sophisticated  bankruptcy  messiness  thinking_tragically  dispassion  preparation  leverage  emotions  Lakshmi_Mittal  moguls  restructurings  tariffs  imports  gamesmanship  unsentimental  hard_work  minutiae  protectionism  arcane_knowledge  inequality_of_information  Philip_Delves_Broughton  vulttion 
january 2017 by jerryking
Hedge fund manager driven by a thirst for knowledge
December 10/11th, 2016 | Financial Times | Lindsay Fortado.

“I am always paranoid I’m not smart enough,” he said. “The biggest challenge in today’s world is that knowledge has increasingly become a commodity. How do you find the kernel of information, that anomaly that enables you to generate alpha?"
hedge_funds  United_Kingdom  HBS  slight_edge  anomalies  philanthropy  alpha  kernels  commoditization_of_information 
december 2016 by jerryking
I took an unconventional path after graduating from Harvard Business School and it made my career | Charlene Li | Pulse | LinkedIn
December 8, 2016F | LinkedIn | Charlene Li.

During the first ten years of being an analyst, I had briefings from a total four women CEOs, none of them women of color. While women still face tremendous discrimination in tech, I’m seeing progress but it’s not enough. To help change this, when I meet women CEOs of start-ups, I take them aside and ask how I can personally help them. I especially reach out to women of color in any position who are contemplating making a move out of their comfort zone. After all, I know what it's like to be different, to be first.

My hope is that my ideas and words provide people with a roadmap of how to manage disruption in their organizations and their lives. And I hope that my life and career serves as an inspiration especially for women of color for how to pursue and manage disruption in their lives.
HBS  Charlene_Li  women  CEOs  start_ups  unconventional_thinking  Asian-Americans  roadmaps  disruption 
december 2016 by jerryking
Abe Ankumah of Nyansa: Are You a ‘First Principle’ Thinker? - The New York Times
Corner Office
By ADAM BRYANT DEC. 2, 2016

We tend to be very “first principle” thinkers. What I mean by that is when you’re trying to solve a problem, you start by trying to understand the essence of the problem, rather than starting with what the answer should be and then working your way to justifying it.

So it’s all about making sure that everyone understands the problem we’re trying to solve. And to do that, you have to maintain a broader perspective and listen very carefully to people.

I have one-on-ones with every single person on the team and then connect the dots. So I ask a lot of questions and build a mental model of the outline of what we need to do.
data  African-Americans  HBS  engineering  Caltech  Ghanian  connecting_the_dots  problem_solving  first_principle  mental_models 
december 2016 by jerryking
Edith Cooper Goldman Sachs on talking about race at work - Business Insider
Edith Cooper, Goldman Sachs
Sep. 23, 2016,

Focusing on what you can control and taking mindful steps and positive action towards what matters to you
Goldman_Sachs  African-Americans  Harvard  HBS  women  beyond_one's_control  Wall_Street  human_resources  affirmations  span_of_control  Edith_Cooper 
december 2016 by jerryking
Pamela Joyner: collector of ‘Afropolitan abstraction’
SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 | FT| by Julie Belcove.

.....Joyner and Giuffrida are not merely acquisitive in the vein of so many collectors but are activist. “We think of ourselves as stewards of their careers,” Joyner says of their artists. “Our philanthropy is focused on getting works of the artists who we support into museums....Joyner and Guiffrida donate paintings to leading museums in the UK and the US. Joyner introduces those museum curators to talented-but-lesser-known artists for whom she advocates. She also organizes trips domestically and internationally (.e.g South Africa) for museum curators....Joyner and Guiffrida created an artist’s residency on their property in Sonoma, California, in 2014.....Artists return the loyalty and remark that Joyner and Guiffrida never ask for a discount....Joyner has made collecting — and sitting on boards — her primary occupation. “Now I have a strategy, I have a budget,” she says. “I run it like you’d expect an MBA to run it.”...“Race is a really bad lens through which to view art. I could make an argument that Zander Blom is far more African than I am.”....“I was really struck by these artists who were determined to create an aesthetic that was compelling to them, which was abstraction, and there were no rewards for that if you were an African-American artist at the time,” Joyner says. “The traditional art world expected African-American artists to create identifiably black subject matter. ....The daughter of two public school teachers, Joyner, 58, grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where she attended the prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and frequented the Art Institute of Chicago. A serious ballet dancer, Joyner took a year off from Dartmouth College to try to break into the professional ranks in New York. “What I discovered was, I was really average,” she says frankly. “That was a good thing to discover early. I decided at that juncture that I would become a patron of the arts.”

Patronage requires money, so Joyner went on to Harvard Business School, then a successful career in finance.....With 300 to 400 artworks by roughly 100 artists, among them contemporary masters Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Mark Bradford and Kara Walker, the collection is the subject of a new book, Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art, written by a Who’s Who of top curators. In October 2017, a travelling exhibition of the collection’s highlights will open at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
art  collectors  women  African-Americans  curators  Diaspora  artists  museums  philanthropy  marginalization  leadership  patronage  high_net_worth  benefactors  cultural_literacy  Afropolitan  activism  race  HBS  abstractions  books  stewardship  Pamela_Joyner  contemporary_art  champions 
october 2016 by jerryking
New ROM CEO Joshua Basseches isn’t fazed by the major institution’s debt - The Globe and Mail
JAMES ADAMS
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 01, 2016

The ROM is “a singular institution in North America,” with “astonishing breadth” in it encyclopedic collections and “remarkable curatorial capacity,” he declared. It had close to 1.1 million visitors in 2015-16, likely the largest yearly attendance in the museum’s history. A show of Pompeii artifacts alone drew almost 275,000 visitors over six months or so.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, under which ROM operates as a Crown corporation, claims to be “very pleased” with the museum’s activities while continuing to cover as much as 55 per cent of its operating expenses.
ROM  CEOs  first90days  HBS  management_consulting  debt 
april 2016 by jerryking
Harvard’s Sassy New Business-School Application - At Work - WSJ
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HBS  admissions 
july 2014 by jerryking
Business School, Disrupted - NYTimes.com
MAY 31, 2014 | NYT | By JERRY USEEM.

The question: Should Harvard Business School enter the business of online education, and, if so, how?

In the Porter model, all of a company’s activities should be mutually reinforcing. By integrating everything into one, cohesive fortification, “any competitor wishing to imitate a strategy must replicate a whole system,” Professor Porter wrote.

In the Christensen model, these very fortifications become a liability. In the steel industry, which was blindsided by new technology in smaller and cheaper minimills, heavily integrated companies couldn’t move quickly and ended up entombed inside their elaborately constructed defenses.
HBS  deanships  disruption  Michael_Porter  competitive_strategy  steel  competitive_advantage  Clayton_Christensen  Colleges_&_Universities  Ivy_League  MOOCs  business_schools  Nitin_Nohria  blindsided  blind_spots 
june 2014 by jerryking
Tech Investor to Entrepreneurs: A Harvard Degree Is a Liability - NYTimes.com
February 10, 2014, 11:04 am
Tech Investor to Entrepreneurs: A Harvard Degree Is a Liability
By WILLIAM ALDEN
HBS  start_ups  venture_capital  naivete 
february 2014 by jerryking
Big Bonuses, but a Shift in Who Gets the Biggest - NYTimes.com
December 16, 2013, 8:52 pm 70 Comments
Big Bonuses, but a Shift in Who Gets the Biggest
Wall_Street  hedge_funds  private_equity  Silicon_Valley  HBS 
december 2013 by jerryking
Bark with bite
January 30, 2012 | FT | By John Quelch.

Academics succeed if their names are linked to one important idea that outlives them. Professor Theodore Levitt’s name is linked to many. The first was a blockbuster. “Marketing myopia” was published by Harvard Business Review (HBR) in 1960, one year after Harvard Business School plucked Prof Levitt, the son of a German immigrant cobbler, from the University of North Dakota.

The article famously asked: “What business are you in?” It critiqued railroads for “letting their customers get away from them because they assumed themselves to be in the railroad business rather than the transportation business”. They were product-orientated rather than market-orientated....the importance of tangible evidence to reassure customers choosing among suppliers of intangible services (the impressive bank building, the authoritative logo)....I gave him a wide berth until it was time for feedback on my thesis proposal after three months of hard labour. The meeting lasted five minutes, barely long enough for Prof Levitt, whose mentoring style was more tough love than hand-holding, to dismiss me with: “Throw this out, start again and come back in a week with something important!” Fortunately, I did.

Prof Levitt’s advice was always to work on important problems that are important to important people in important companies. It spurred me to get out into the field, talk to business people, write case studies and understand the messy complexity of the world, rather than work behind my desk on mathematical models based on unrealistic assumptions.
advice  discernment  feedback  hand-holding  HBR  HBS  John_Quelch  marketing  market-orientated  messiness  myopic  primary_field_research  product-orientated  reminiscing  sophisticated  Theodore_Levitt  tough_love  worthiness  worthwhile_problems 
december 2013 by jerryking
Harvard Business School Case Study - Gender Equity - NYTimes.com
By JODI KANTOR
September 7, 2013

The dean’s ambitions extended far beyond campus, to what Dr. Faust called in an interview an “obligation to articulate values.” The school saw itself as the standard-bearer for American business. Turning around its record on women, the new administrators assured themselves, could have an untold impact at other business schools, at companies populated by Harvard alumni and in the Fortune 500, where only 21 chief executives are women. The institution would become a laboratory for studying how women speak in group settings, the links between romantic relationships and professional status, and the use of everyday measurement tools to reduce bias.
gender_gap  HBS  business_schools  case_studies  women  Fortune_500  students  makeovers  leadership  Nitin_Nohria 
september 2013 by jerryking
Monique Maddy and Mobile Opportunities
WSJ | by Tom Petzinger Jr.

The whole package is priced for people making $200 a month. "Virtual phone service," the company calls it.
wireless  mobile_phones  Africa  trailblazers  HBS  women  entrepreneur  Tanzania  Thomas_Petzinger 
february 2013 by jerryking
Making it in the '90s
April 1995 | Across the Board Vol. 32 Issue 4, p27 | Presents an interview with John P. Kotter
HBS  interviews  leadership  entrepreneurship  books  Managing_Your_Career  '90s 
december 2012 by jerryking
Joseph Goodell Knows the Pitfalls Of Corporate Life - WSJ.com
November 12, 1996 |WSJ| By HAL LANCASTER.

Lesson 3: Develop a plan for building your network of contacts and work on it constantly.

When the outplacement counselor asked Mr. Goodell for a list of business contacts, "I got a blank look on my face," he says. "It was something I had not paid any attention to."

He now keeps a log book, with names and addresses, how he met them, their likes, dislikes, spouses' names, etc. He recommends trade associations, professional groups, school alumni groups and conventions for contact-building and urges managers to "use all reasonable excuses to maintain those contacts," such as lunch, phone calls, notes and Christmas cards.
HBS  MIT  Hal_Lancaster  Managing_Your_Career  lessons_learned  networking  networks 
december 2012 by jerryking
Art DeFehr: Immigration activist not an armchair CEO - The Globe and Mail
GORDON PITTS

Charlottetown — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012,
Gordon_Pitts  furniture  manufacturers  Manitoba  career_paths  HBS 
november 2012 by jerryking
Small Company Finance
November 1, 1987 | HBS |
What may be appropriate for management of large public corporations doesn't necessarily (or often) fit private companies. Standard financial statements are unreliable when money moves freely between the business and owner. And rules of thumb for investment decision making and growth aren't useful either. When a company is largely operated as a vehicle for a family--to provide jobs, security, flexibility, and access to opportunities that suit the family as much as me market--conventional protocols don't always matter.
Subjects Covered: Entrepreneurial finance, Family-owned businesses, Financial management,
small_business  finance  start_ups  HBS  case_studies  CFOs 
august 2012 by jerryking
Peter C. B Bynoe Addresses Conference
April 1992 | HBS Bulletin | by Jeffrey Lazar.

* The concept of independence and self-determination is basically a myth for entrepreneurs. We all work for somebody--shareholders, customers, advertisers. Although we try to maximize out destiny , int eh final analysis, the marketplace dictates whether we succeed or fail
* Commit yourself to excellence and not to money.
* Be innovative, take chances and stay honest to oneself and others.
* Know when you need help and whom to ask for it, and get out when you realize that the market is turning against you. Never be too proud to fold your cards.
* Take responsibility for one's actions. Your bank account at the end of the year is the determining factor. No finger-pointing!
* Don't take "no" for an answer!
* Judge people by the content of their character not skin colour.
* Have fun. Enjoy the work that you do.
African-Americans  entrepreneur  HBS  alumni  exits  false_pride  blaming_fingerpointing  entrepreneurship  NBA  basketball  J.D.-M.B.A.  rules_of_the_game 
august 2012 by jerryking
Romney Merged Law and Business at Harvard - NYTimes.com
July 9, 2012 | NYT |By PETER LATTMAN and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA.

When Harvard started its so-called J.D.-M.B.A. program in 1969, there were just a handful like it. Others have cropped up since, but Harvard’s has what may be the most successful alumni roster, particularly in finance....Students must be admitted separately to the business and law schools before applying for the program. That is a feat in itself, because the two student bodies are quite different.

The law school takes younger students, often straight out of college, putting more emphasis on academic credentials, while the business school usually wants work and leadership experience. Business students are often described as being more gregarious and at ease with numbers, law students as more intellectual and facile with words.
HBS  Mitt_Romney  business_schools  law_schools  alumni  Silver_Lake  J.D.-M.B.A. 
july 2012 by jerryking
Forbes.com: Queen Of Arts
Dirk Smillie, 01.10.05

Louise MacBain is buying up art publications around the world. Squeezing money from these titles will be an art in itself.
Louise Blouin MacBain just hates talking about her social life, which involves tabloid-fodder like dating Prince Andrew, entertaining Bianca Jagger and hosting dinner parties for European royalty.

What she really wants to gab about is her latest collecting passion. Over the past two years her Bermuda investment company, LTB Holdings, has snapped up 160 art titles in 20 countries, including the dominant Art + Auction magazine. That already makes her one of the biggest art publishers in the world.

Now she is laying out $20 million to launch a Web portal this summer, a kind of Bloomberg terminal for the arts, delivering breaking news from the auction and collecting worlds. "Globalization is connecting art and its buyers everywhere," she says. "There's no central news or information source covering them."
art  magazines  HBS  information_sources  publishing  news  print_journalism  auctions  collectors 
june 2012 by jerryking
An Entrepreneur's Journey in Africa -
12/6/2004 | HBS Working Knowledge | by Cynthia Churchwell.
HBS MBA Monique Maddy, who started and then closed a telecommunications business in Africa, has interesting insights into the challenges of entrepreneurship in developing countries.
HBR  HBS  Africa  mobile_phones  telecommunications  entrepreneur  developing_countries 
june 2012 by jerryking
A Harvard Professor Analyzes Why Start-Ups Fail - NYTimes.com
May 25, 2012, 7:00 am
A Harvard Professor Analyzes Why Start-Ups Fail
By JESSICA BRUDER
start_ups  failure  entrepreneur  HBS 
may 2012 by jerryking
Canadian builds global ad empire
March 14, 2005 | Globe & Mail | by RICHARD BLACKWELL. Trader Classified Media publications, websites take in $670-million annually
entrepreneur  websites  advertising  HBS  Rhodes 
may 2012 by jerryking
Adebayo Ogunlesi: CSFB's global-banking chief -- Printout -- TIME
Dec. 02, 2002
Adebayo Ogunlesi: CSFB's global-banking chief
By Sean Gregory
Oxford  HBS  investment_banking  Nigerians  CSFB  profile  J.D.-M.B.A. 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Disruption Opportunity
Summer 2003 | MIT Sloan Management Review | By Clark Gilbert

Three Phases of Disruption
Finding new customers
Realizing New Growth

(1) Disruption creates new net growth
(2) New customers must be found outside the established market.
(3) Disruptive technology is never disruptive to the customers who buy it.
(4) The new customer will make the disruptive path clear.
(5) A disruptive new business should start small and not be forced to grow quickly.
disruption  HBS  Clayton_Christensen  IBM  growth  newspapers  cardiovascular  customer_acquisition  new_businesses 
april 2012 by jerryking
How Harvard Shaped Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com
By JODI KANTOR
Published: December 24, 2011

“You have the same question as General Electric,” said Mr. Romney, then a young father and a management consultant. “Your resources are your time and talent. How are you going to deploy them?”

He drew a chart called a growth-share matrix with little circles to represent various pursuits: work, family, church. Investing time in work delivered tangible returns like raises and profits.

“Your children don’t pay any evidence of achievement for 20 years,” Mr. Romney said. But if students failed to invest sufficient time and energy in their spouses and children, their families could become “dogs” — consultant-speak for drags on the rest of the company — sucking energy, time and happiness out of the students....early four decades ago at Harvard, Mr. Romney embraced an analytical, nonideological way of thinking, say former classmates and professors, one that both matched his own instincts and helped him succeed....Every day for an hour, the all-male group — there were relatively few women in the program back then — sat at a semicircular table outside the classroom and briefed one another on the reading material....The case study method “doesn’t start with the theory or even principles,” said Kim B. Clark, a friend of Mr. Romney’s who later became dean of the school. “It starts with ‘All right, what is going on? What does the data tell us?’ ”

The cases did not even lay out questions. Students had to analyze the material, sometimes just a paragraph long, figure out the company’s problems and pose solutions. “The case study method is like trying to train doctors by just showing them [sick] patients, rather than by showing them textbooks to depict what a healthy patient should look like,” said Mr. Brownstein, the former classmate.
Harvard  HBS  Mitt_Romney  business_schools  finite_resources  resource_allocation  quantified_self  marriage  parenting  MBAs  case_studies  J.D.-M.B.A.  problem_framing  questions  work_life_balance 
december 2011 by jerryking
For Tech's Elite, Mobile Gaming Is a Big Play - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 15, 2011 | WSJ | By JOSEPH WALKER
For Tech's Elite, Mobile Gaming Is a Big Play
Best and Brightest See the Sector as Chance for Fun and Massive Payoff
mobile_applications  HBS  Zynga  Facebook  gaming  videogames  personal_payoffs  the_best_and_brightest 
november 2011 by jerryking
ABC's 'Mr. Inside' Daniel Burke 1929-2011
OCTOBER 27, 2011 | WSJ | By STEPHEN MILLER.

Daniel Burke was the "Mr. Inside" management specialist in the merger of American Broadcasting Cos. with Capital Cities Communications, one of the signal deals of the 1980s and the first of the mergers that swept the "big three" television networks...A native of Albany, N.Y., Mr. Burke fought in the Korean War and attended Harvard Business School. He worked initially at the Jell-O division of General Foods before going to work for Mr. Murphy at what became Capital Cities, in 1961.

Mr. Burke's first job was to manage an Albany television station housed in a run down 19th-century former retirement home for nuns. As he climbed the ranks he developed a reputation as a cost cutter, and was in charge of melding Mr. Murphy's acquisitions into the growing Capital Cities empire.
ABC  obituaries  television  roll_ups  cost-cutting  HBS 
october 2011 by jerryking
Harvard M.B.A. Students Stroll the Catwalk for Charity - NYTimes.com
April 4, 2011, 12:33 pm Investment Banking
Harvard M.B.A. Students Stroll the Catwalk for Charity
By KEVIN ROOSE
HBS  fashion  MBAs  business_schools  charities 
april 2011 by jerryking
Excerpt: Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down
October 8, 2010 | BusinessWeek | In an edited excerpt from
their new book, John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead introduce a
counterintuitive approach to turning skeptics into advocates for your
new idea, plan, or proposal....The true buying-in of a new idea is about
winning over hearts and minds--it is an emotional commitment. The
single biggest challenge faced when obtaining buy-in for a good idea is
getting people's attention. Don't try to overcome attacks with tons of
data or logic. Instead, do what might seem to be the opposite. Keep
responses short and above all, RESPECTFUL. Goal is to "win" the thoughts
and feelings of the majority, not the 1 or 2 critics so watch the crowd
very carefully. Don't try to wing it, even if you know all the facts
thoroughly, even if the idea seems bulletproof, and even if you expect a
friendly audience. Preparation can significantly build confidence and
reduce anxiety.
excerpts  HBS  persuasion  John_Kotter  howto  ideas  books  Communicating_&_Connecting  pitches  life_skills  Managing_Your_Career  attention  attention_spans  preparation  emotional_commitment  self-confidence  buy-in  counterintuitive  skeptics  the_single_most_important 
march 2011 by jerryking
Harvard's Curriculum Overhaul Part of a Push to Reform Elite B-School Culture - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 3, 2011 | WSJ | By DIANA MIDDLETON And JOE LIGHT

Harvard Changes Course
School's Curriculum Overhaul Part of a Push to Alter Elite B-School Culture
HBS  curriculum  business_schools  MBAs  elitism 
february 2011 by jerryking
Writing a Credible Investment Thesis
11/15/2004 | HBS Working Knowledge | by David Harding and
Sam Rovit
Many companies are "terrifyingly unclear" to themselves and investors about why they are making an acquisition, according to the authors of a new book, Mastering the Merger. Support comes when you spell it out.

Tough truths, on the other hand, are things like when and where you invest and under what circumstances.
HBS  HBR  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  private_equity  investment_research  writing  themes  thesis  value_creation  value_propositions  investment_thesis  Bain  tough-mindedness 
december 2010 by jerryking
For Love and Money
November 27, 2006 | Fortune Magazine | by Eugenie Levenson.
Includes references to other companies where the high net worth
individual bought the company (Channel Island Surfboards, Lionel trains,
Pr Iofessional Bowling Associations & Glaceau) for
“love”. Offers tips on avoiding Chapter 11 if a company is being bought
for “love”.
motorcycles  HBS  boating  turnarounds  filetype:pdf  media:document 
december 2010 by jerryking
Managing Water as Scarcity Looms - WSJ.com
SEPT. 27, 2010 | WSJ | By GERALDINE AMIEL. Suez
Environnement's CEO Taps Opportunities Amid Escalating Global Shortages;
a Particular Thirst for China. As the world's population grows and
migrates to cities, water shortages are happening in places where
scarcity was unthinkable only 5 yrs ago, such as the Spanish coast,...
London,--is described by the U.K. Environment Agency as "seriously water
stressed." And in March 2009, a report by the WEF said the lack of
water would "soon tear into various parts of the global economic system"
and "start to emerge as a headline geopolitical issue."...``on the U.S.
East Coast, "people are used to having water—they don't think further,
they don't think about future generations." Mr. Chaussade prefers
thinking for the long term. His main hobby is planting trees in his
garden and watching them grow, imagining what people will think of them
in 100 yrs. "The garden must be beautiful when you create it,--It must
remain so when you're gone."
water  scarcity  China  Suez  Veolia  CEOs  smart_grid  desalination  imagination  wastewater-treatment  sensors  HBS  gardening  long-term  far-sightedness  unthinkable  geopolitics 
september 2010 by jerryking
Wanted: a new approach to inventiveness
Jul 27, 2010 | FT | Ranjay Gulati. Redefining innovation
entails breaking out of engineer-led obsessions with the technical
product details and thinking closely about the customer experience: not
just how well the product functions but also ancillary enhancements that
improve that experience, including packaging, delivery, post-sale
service or mktg. Examples: (1) Packaging vegetables in a single bag
requires limited technical innovation but solves an everyday problem for
busy people who want their families to eat healthy food. Bagged salads
have become a $ billion industry. (2) Similarly, Target, the retailer,
broke no new high-tech ground when it offered its own-brand crisps in
resealable bags - the idea is decades-old but Target successfully
addressed a nagging problem (keeping crisps fresh). Redefining
innovation requires involving more voices in the innovation process,
including fns. such as customer svce., mktg. and sales, that may have
played a limited role in the past.
ProQuest  innovation  HBS  customer_experience  UX  vegetables  Target  marketing  sales  problem_solving 
september 2010 by jerryking
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