I just received my latest issue of the Michigan Business School Alumni Magazine, Dividend. The Michigan Graduate School of Business has consistently been highly regarded and I am glad to be a graduate. In the late 60’s, the emphasis was very corporate-oriented, for example a course on people(called labor) was entitled Industrial Relations. The intent of the MBA program in general was to produce folks who could manage complex corporate enterprises. To the best of my recollection, there was little on Leadership or managing change. Ford, GM and Chrysler were very prominent in the Michigan MBA world.
Over the years, the focus of the Graduate School has changed for the better. Noel Tichy arrived at Michigan and has written some excellent resources on Leadership. While an academic, Tichy writes from real world experiences, in particular at GE. His latest book is: Judgement: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls written with Warren Bennis. Bennis, of course also being an acclaimed expert on Leadership. I will put this book on my next order from Amazon! And remember to always check my radar screen for the best resources wherever they may be.
Lesson Learned: “With good judgement, little else matters. Without it, nothing else matters.”