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October 20, 2014

On July 25th, the 52 members of the Yale School of Management Class of 2016 met each other to officially begin orientation and “boot camp.” Indeed, we are a “class of firsts” (as my classmate Marc Peterman so well-articulated in his recent blog post). By the last day of “boot camp” on August 8, the class coalesced, guards came down, and new friendships were formed. We would return to Evans Hall for class every 14 days for the next 21 months.

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October 13, 2014

That brings me back to the decision. No, this is not Lebron choosing to take his talents to South Beach. This is me choosing to take the little time I do have and commit to a rigorous 22-month program. The goal of which is to be better prepared for the leadership challenges I expect to face in the future.  This decision rests on a plan – a way to accommodate all of the people in my life who have demands on my time.  From home to work, I could fill the day with tasks. So how was I going to fit in school?

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October 6, 2014

After our two-week SOM “boot-camp,” I collapsed into my Amtrak seat looking forward to a few hours of sleep as I headed home from a jam-packed weekend of learning.  I felt exhausted, humbled, and had a strong desire to rejoin my family – all predictable.  As Connecticut vanished outside my window, I pondered how I could best fit this program into my already busy life? And why? 

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September 29, 2014

Since the start of our program in late July, time has flown by and the Class of 2016 is already a month and a half into this colossal endeavor that we’ve collectively undertaken.  After our 2 week in-house residency experience – also aptly called boot camp – we returned back to our homes in Baton Rouge and Sao Paulo and Chicago, to our awaiting families, and to about 5,000 unread work emails. 

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January 21, 2014

“Hurry up, I have a final due in 2 hours so I don’t have a lot of time.” That’s what I said to my 9-year old daughter the other night as we did our nighttime routine. It doesn’t usually end up being such a stark trade-off, literally stealing minutes from bedtime to go run a regression on some widget sales data. But there’s no way around the fact that my SOM experience means, at least in quantitative terms, less family time.

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January 2, 2014

Thinking back, I was told the SOM experience would be transformational.  The first weeks were a whirlwind of new ways of thinking, communicating, new outlooks, perspectives and the inspirational character of classmates and professors.  During the initial year, the transformation was happening, masquerading as the challenge in mastering new subjects, skills, discipline and focus.  Now in the second year I’m recognizing it.  I’m feeling and breathing the change.

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December 9, 2013

The move to Evans Hall, our new state-of-the-art campus, is a milestone in the history of the Yale School of Management, the youngest of Yale’s impressive array of professional schools.  For the first time, we have a building designed for us, built deliberately to foster our mission.  With glass panels stretching across the entire façade, the building is transparent, as business should be.  The combination of a courtyard and glass walls enables extended lines of sight, symbolic of a skill managers need to thrive in an increasingly complex and

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December 5, 2013

As part of Yale SOM’s Leadership Development Program, I was blessed to have had two outstanding coaches – one a professional coach, and the other a peer coach from my class.  I’m not sure I knew what to expect exactly as we started the coaching process….. were these coaches to help me self-reflect on ways I could improve my leadership?  Or were they to be sounding boards for ideas I might have?  Perhaps to keep me accountable to what I had set out for myself in my Leadership Development Plan?

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September 17, 2013

I’m pleased to be writing you as we begin the 2013-2014 academic year. It promises to be an exciting year for our program and a historic year for the school, as we will move into our new campus, the beautiful and technologically advanced Edward P. Evans Hall.

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