Chicago GSB Alumni Club – Strategic Management Practices Issues Group

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

January 18, 2008: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Start your Friday morning by updating your MBA, discussing the latest management concepts, sharing insights with fellow GSB alums, extending your network and still make it to the office by 9 AM. These discussion sessions are designed to provide a highly interactive, engaging forum of particular value to alumni responsible for developing, influencing or executing enterprise strategies and policies. The Strategic Business Practices Issue Group, consists of a series of monthly small group discussions bringing a practical focus to current research in business strategy, organizational design, and general management practices. Unlike other formats, where an invited speaker or panel delivers a prepared presentation and then takes a few questions, this group is all about participation and making connections while learning about the latest management concepts. The facilitated discussion starts with reactions to a selected background reading (available online from a leading strategy, business, or academic publication) before branching out into a broader exploration of the topic as participants share their own personal and practical experience of what works, what doesn’t, and how to tell the difference. Our topic for the January meeting will be “How Successful Leaders Think”.


CharterMast Partners LLC
11 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The January meeting will focus Leadership, specifically, on the thought processes that make successful leaders different from the rest of the pack. We will explore the topic by through a facilitated discussion of the article “How Successful Leaders Think” from the June 2007 issue of the Harvard Business Review. The secret to becoming a great leader? Don’t act like one. Instead, think like one. Brilliant leaders excel at integrative thinking. They can hold two opposing ideas in their minds at once. Then, rather than settling for choice A or B, they forge an innovative “third way” that contains elements of both but improves on each. Please note that these meetings do not present a featured speaker. Be sure to read the article ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion, as your participation is key to the success of this event! Meetings are held on the third Friday of the month in the 11 South LaSalle Building. Send your ideas for future articles or future topics to Dennis Aust at or Teresa Seipel at Topics for future meetings are decided on a month-by-month basis.


No Charge


Register By Email
Please RSVP by email, including the phrase "RSVP" in the subject line. Email confirmations will be provided on or about January 16.

Deadline: 1/16/2008


Dennis Aust 


Other Information

Because of limited space, and to provide sufficient opportunity for everyone to participate, attendance is strictly limited to 20 people. If this event is oversubscribed, priority will be given to GSB Alumni Club members who RSVP before January 11. You are invited to bring your coffee, your breakfast or whatever refreshments you wish to the discussion.