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Leadership in Action: Moving up the Career Ladder

robert-barnett[1]How does one successfully navigate the process of moving from an individual contributor or team member to a first-time manager and leader? Which leadership characteristics and competencies promote positive and authentic leadership and which practices or attitudes can detract from an individual’s leadership potential? Moreover, how does one learn or develop leadership capabilities?

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the first National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA) event hosted on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus in the Opus College of Business Schulze Auditorium. The event focused on topic that resonated with all attendees, is consistently on the minds of business professionals, and is interwoven throughout the UST MBA program (and many other MBA programs’) curriculum: leadership.

To spark the discussion, NAAMBA-Twin Cities invited Robert C. Barnett, adjunct faculty member in UST’s Organizational Learning and Development department and principal and senior fellow in management consulting at Robert Barnett Consulting, LLC and MDA Leadership Consulting, to share his extensive research and findings about leadership. Continue Reading

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Bucking the trend? General Mills COO discusses the benefits of company loyalty and more

Chris O'LearyChris O’Leary, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Division of General Mills, spoke to a group of more than 70 full-time MBA students, faculty and staff on campus last Thursday.  Using examples from his own career at General Mills and PepsiCo, he touched on a variety of topics ranging from effective networking to international assignments to the dreaded “career plateau.”  Mr. O’Leary stated that all executives, no matter how successful, are bound to hit speed bumps in their career trajectory.  He shared an example from his own career in which he accepted a position that appeared to be a lateral transfer or even a demotion, but which proved to provide opportunities for international experience and career advancement. Continue Reading