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3 Executives Share What They Look For When Hiring

James White
James White, executive vice president and president, Latin America, Ecolab, Inc.
Christopher Oleary
Christopher O’Leary, executive vice president and international chief operating officer, General Mills
Eric Buss
Eric Buss, executive vice president for Life Time Fitness, Inc.

The Opus College of Business recently hosted a panel of top executives who discussed themes PwC’s annual global CEO survey. The executives shared a great deal of advice on succeeding in the ever-changing job market — and traits they look for when hiring.  This post is a compilation of reflections on the event from Ben Carlson, Kirsten Haukoos, Maura Hinken, Shanthi Kelaart and Bonnie Wustudents in professor Christopher Michaelson’s undergraduate business ethics course.

The discussion was opened up by a few questions and statistics and one that stuck out was the fact that in 2012 most CEOs are planning on increasing their hiring and headcount. Eric Buss, from Life Time Fitness, is in charge of human resources, corporate development, risk management, and education functions. James White of Ecolab, is in charge of the daily operations in Latin American countries with an Ecolab presence.  Chris O’Leary, from General Mills, oversees the businesses outside of the U.S., with responsibility for nearly 14,000 employees in more than 100 countries. The speakers gave the students attending a good idea of how the business world is changing, and the important qualities of successful employees: Continue Reading

Centers, Faculty, Global Business, Newsroom

Check out our new “sister-blog” on Global Business Education

By Peter C. Young, Ph.D.

For the past twelve months, the Opus College of Business has been working through the development of its Global Business Education (GBE) Initiative. Although there is much, much work remaining, we believe the time is right to widen the scope of discussion on our future challenges and opportunities. To this end the GBE Blog is intended to inform stakeholders and interested individuals of current activities and upcoming events, but also — and importantly — to invite input from those stakeholders and other interested individuals.

OCB has publicly committed to developing global leaders and though there are many ways we could embellish our intentions, the motive for the global business education initiative boils down to a simple fact. We promise our students that we intend to assist them in developing the capabilities and knowledge to become global leaders, and to do so by:

  1. Providing experiences that broaden students’ horizons
  2. Building knowledge and skills relevant to leading in a global setting
  3. Developing capabilities to apply knowledge, skills and experience to meet the challenges of globalization
  4. Providing wider ranging assistance to businesses in our market to improve their prospects for international/global success
  5. Emphasizing what is sometimes called the ‘glocal’ dimension of globalization. UST’s historic commitment to the local community translates into a specific charge to understand how our community benefits from global engagement and success.

Follow the GBE Blog for upcoming information on events and announcements. Readers will see information on short term courses abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year, information on a fall kick-off event that will launch the next phase of the GBE Initiative, announcements on future collaborations, and much more.

As I noted at the outset, one of the key purposes of this blog is to invite feedback and participation in the GBE Initiative; in fact, to begin building a community of individuals with an active interest in the development of meaningful globally-oriented experiences. To that end I very much want to encourage you to become a part of the GBE community.

EveningMBA, Newsroom, OCB Commentary, Study Abroad

Follow the Sun

This post is by Lindsey Buhrmann, student in the Evening UST MBA program and comes from her blog, Lead Changes.

Smooth Sailing in MinneapolisThree weeks ago I didn’t realize that Sydney, Australia, is a 16-hour time difference from Minneapolis, or that Minnesota/London office hours take place during “my morning” and “their afternoon.” In short, while I was aware of life and commerce outside of “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” I didn’t need to operate in a global environment on a daily basis.

I recently started a new job at a large multinational organization, which means my days are now spent working in a global environment. It’s exciting and a bit humbling to see how business is done on an international scale and I get so energized communicating with, assisting and learning from my colleagues around the world.

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