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2002 Alumni Achievement Awards:

“To seek to make a contribution trusting that the rewards will follow.” – Raymond V. Gilmartin, Chairman, President & CEO of Merck Co, Inc. Each year the HBS community is drawn together to honor a select group of alumni who have been recognized as extraordinary representatives of the HBS community. The Alumni Achievement Award is…

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HBS Launches Leadership and Values Initiative

The Leadership and Values Initiative (LVI), launching fall 2002, is an assemblage of classroom instruction, such as LVDM, LEAD and The Moral Leader, and extracurricular programs that integrate ethics and leadership training into the standard curriculum of the Harvard Business School. The initiative is an outgrowth of Dean Clark’s conviction that teaching ethics at the…

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Why "Incent" is Not a Word

I was just going to say, when I was interrupted, that one of the many ways of classifying minds is under the heads of arithmetical and algebraical intellects. All economical and practical wisdom is an extension or variation of the following arithmetical formula: 2 + 2 = 4. Every philosophical proposition has the more general…

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Post-Orientation: The Time is Now

After enduring weeks of anticipation, leaving old jobs and friends, completing multiple Accounting and Finance CD’s, and finally enjoying a week of parties (and, oh yeah, registration), the Class of 2004 has arrived. Our Orientation Week concluded last Friday with speeches by Dean Kim Clark and Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. It was awe-inspiring…

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Career Teams : We need your help for next year!

Powerful innovations always start as a delicate experiment. In 1908, it was HBS. Today, we think it could be the Career Teams Program. Upon receiving the baton from founders Sasha Grinshpun and Peter Platzer, we would like to share with you our vision, our plans for next year, as well as how you can contribute…

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Baker Library

As the MBA Class of 2002 prepares to graduate and move on to new challenges, Baker Library is offering two ways to extend graduating MBA students’ research capabilities-both virtually and physically. Virtual Research via eBaker eBaker, an online collection of databases managed by Baker Library, allows students to subscribe for remote access to a wide…

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That's Gerald Levin, Folks!

I knew I’d enjoy Gerald Levin’s speech once I asked his permission to cover it for the Harbus. “I don’t mind at all,” he said, with his characteristic deadpan delivery. “I’m a great supporter of journalism.” It was in this informal, familiar style that Levin (pronounced “Le-Vin”) addressed a packed Spangler Auditorium on Tuesday, April…

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The M”bius Forum:

I sincerely hope the M”bius conference will become an HBS institution. Everything was just great, and the organizing team did an amazing job putting it all together. I was so interested that even hearing Dean Clarke telling for the third time his story of “the-section-who-ripped-apart-the-Honda-case-in-front-of-the-CEO” was a delight. Once again, I was sorry that he…

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Deepak Chopra on "The Soul of Leadership"

On Friday, as the keynote speaker for the Mobius Forum, Deepak Chopra spoke to a crowded Spangler Auditorium on the subject of “The Soul of Leadership.” Chopra, a world-renowned author on the subject of spiritualism who often relates principles of quantum physics to Eastern philosophy, told the crowd that “a leader is the symbolic soul…

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Inaugural M”bius Forum on Leadership, Spirituality, and Values will place at HBS on April 11-12

The M™buis forum on Leadership, Spirituality, and Values is the first HBS conference to explicitly address spirituality and values in business. It will take place on April 11 and 12 at HBS and bring together senior executives, entrepreneurs, academicians, and students to explore these issues. The conference name comes from a M”bius Strip, a band…

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Abraham Lincoln & Oversimplified Myths of Leadership

A Viewpoint in last week’s Harbus entitled, “When Are Leaders Made?” invoked the purported qualities of Abraham Lincoln and ambiguously asserted that his qualities of leadership were formed early in life, as the writer believes is true for most people. I agree that Abraham Lincoln can be an instructive example of leadership and its formation,…

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When Are Leaders Made?

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, consistently appears as one of greatest three Presidents in U.S. history in rankings by academics. The most recent comprehensive survey, co-produced by the Wall Street Journal in October of 2000, collected responses from 78 eminent scholars in history, law, and politics who ranked Lincoln as the…

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The Cycle of Renewal for Teams and Organizations

Last week, in the quest for learning how to better develop our emotional intelligence, we looked at the Adult Cycle of Renewal as presented by Frederic Hudson inThe Adult Year. Not only do adults as individuals repeatedly move through distinct phases in their development, but teams and organizations mirror this cyclical pattern as they grow…

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Africa's Lack of Leadership

Many point to external factors as the primary causes of Africa’s problems, especially European colonialism. While it is true that colonialism contributed its fair share to Africa’s woes, its legacy has long been used as an excuse by African governments to cover up the true problem: their own corruption and ineptitude. Instead of dismantling the…

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Out for a Job

Like nearly every other student interviewing for a job on February 9, the first day of Hell Week, I scanned the Wall Street Journal first thing in the morning to make sure I was up-to-date on the top stories. Unlike most students, I found my own name on Page 1 of the Marketplace section, under…

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The KIPP Academies: Changing the Face of Education

If there is a problem, we look for a solution.If there is a better way, we find it.If we need help, we ask.If a teammate needs help, we give.– Team always beats individual– No excuses. No shortcuts. – Work Hard. Be Nice. The motto above is typical of what you find on the wall of…

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Do We Learn What Makes Leaders at HBS?

We talk a lot about leadership at HBS, but sometimes I wonder if we’re using a word we don’t understand very well. A typical class: An instructor asks what made Martin Luther King a leader. We fill the board with phrases like possessed a vision; great communicator; capable of building coalitions; and so on.When the…

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HBS Grad Bloomberg Elected NYC Mayor

Michael Bloomberg, HBS ’66, was elected Mayor of New York City Tuesday, overcoming tremendous odds to become the first Republican ever to succeed another Republican as mayor of the nation’s largest city. Bloomberg will have his work cut out for him as he takes the helm of a city that was rocked by the terrorist…

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Amgen's CEO Provides Candid Reflections on Leadership

Kevin Sharer, the Chairman and CEO of California-based biotechnology giant Amgen, Inc., faced some stiff competition when he came to HBS last Thursday. Despite the draw of the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, who was speaking at the same time, Sharer’s inspiring talk pulled a standing-room only audience out to Aldrich to join in a…

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Welch: People Matter

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric and one of America’s most admired business leaders, Friday told HBS students who hope to lead companies that they can learn important lessons from the way public officials like New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani reacted to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. “We…

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HBS Students Must Earn Their "Birthright"

To the Editor: Joseph P. Kahn’s September 27 article in the Boston Globe, “Degrees of Discomfort,” is among the most unsettling articles that I’ve read regarding the aftermath of the attacks on New York and Washington, DC. Apparently, a wide range of Harvard Business School students now are reconsidering their careers. Some are choosing nonprofit…

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Leadership in Politics Club Prepares for its Inaugural Year

Harvard Business School’s newest addition to its roster of clubs, the Leadership in Politics Club is preparing for an exciting inaugural year. Club Presidents Mark Cicirelli, Richard Linder, and John Travers (all OH) have been building on a swell of enthusiasm gathered in the past several months from classmates awaiting the club’s first official activities.The…

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HBS Students Must Earn Their “Birthright” To The Top

To the Editor: Joseph P. Kahn’s September 27 article in the Boston Globe, “Degrees of Discomfort,” is among the most unsettling articles that I’ve read regarding the aftermath of the attacks on New York and Washington, DC. Apparently, a wide range of Harvard Business School students now are reconsidering their careers. Some are choosing nonprofit…

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Early Impressions of HBS from a New Ivy

The PlaceThe business school is unique in that it is a separate and distinct campus from Harvard University, with its own buildings, library, and on-campus living. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. There is indeed ivy growing on the walls of many buildings. Most of the buildings are brick with classic designs. Many of…

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U-turn on I-93 to “Face Fears, Pursue Dreams”

The Economics of Markets professor turned the question over to the floor: “As non-Americans, how do you perceive living in the US?” Without hesitation, I shot my hand into the air. “Professor,” I said, “I have come to this school to gain access to the US. I will work here after graduating for four or…

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Sold to the Highest Bidder

On Wednesday April 4 Section NG held an auction in support of Summer Search Boston, a non-profit organization that cultivates character and leadership in young people through its summer programs. Members of Section NG stretched their creativity (and their connections) in an effort to raise money for Summer Search. Summer Search Boston, founded in 1995,…

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FACE IN THE CROWD: James Carroll (OI)

James Carroll (callsign: Dipper) has a certain calmness, good-natured humor and confidence about him. One might, at first, attribute it to the maturity that marriage and fatherhood brings… or a Virginia upbringing. Certainly factors. But after an hour long interview, I am convinced his soundness is firmly rooted in his 14-year tenure with the United…

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Down memory lane…

As roommate of Al Gibney for the two years we were at HBS following Dartmouth College (1936-38) I was with him in his founding of the HARBUS NEWS. Our Headquarters was at Gallatin Hall B-entry. Our equipment consisted of pencils and portable typewriters. The initial printing was done on four pages of offset.Al enlisted Guy…

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Abolish S&E, and the Mission Statement While You're At It

I laughed as I read the final essay assignment last week: “What were your major overall conclusions from the Society and Enterprise module?” For the January cohort that has yet to experience it, “S&E” is HBS’s two-and-a-half day ‘immersion’ program that purports to varnish us with an understanding of how business interacts with government and…

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