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Getting the Most Out of Your Mentor Relationship

Getting the Most Out of Your Mentor Relationship

May 1, 2019

When students arrive at Thunderbird School of Global Management, it’s a given that they are about to begin a course of study that will empower them in the world of international business and start them on the road to become competitive as leadersin the global economy. And perhaps as valuable as what they will pick up in the classroom and what they learn through experiential courses, is that new students are joining the vast Thunderbird family and will have access to a rich source of mentors.read more


 It Takes Determination to Make English a  Global Tool for Corporate Growth

It Takes Determination to Make English a Global Tool for Corporate Growth

April 1, 2019

Most meetings that Keiko Claassen attends at ITT Motion Technologies are held in English. Even though her company is based in Italy and she’s Dutch and works near Rotterdam, every senior staffer is expected to conduct business in English. At one meeting a few years ago, Claassen, the company’s executive director of communications, realized that communication involves much more than just speaking the same language. She was the only non-Italian in the room and at one point her colleagues stopped speaking English – the common language between them – because someone had trouble following the conversation. “It was like watching a movie,” Claassen remembers.“As soon as they switched from English to Italian … you could see their culture come to life.”read more


Thunderbird and the American Express Leadership Academy: Teaching Leadership, One NGO at a Time

Thunderbird and the American Express Leadership Academy: Teaching Leadership, One NGO at a Time

January 23, 2019

Every year, Thunderbird and American Express host the American Express Leadership Academy. The Academy takes emerging leaders from non-profit/non-governmental organizations and helps them become more effective leaders, allowing them not only to have an increased impact on their organization, but also to teach others how to be more effective leaders. Launched in 2009, the Academy has now served over 296 managers from nearly 100 organizations.read more


Larry Fink: Greed Was Good; Purpose Is Better

Larry Fink: Greed Was Good; Purpose Is Better

January 23, 2019

Larry Fink, founder and chief executive of the world’s largest money manager, is freaking out. His 2019 letter admonishing CEOs to start thinking beyond their bottom lines led Barron’s to call him “the new conscience of Wall Street.” But business bosses from Warren Buffett to Sam Zell pushed back hard. They don’t need Fink to tell them where to buy their indulgences, as Medieval kings used to do.read more


The 12 Biggest Business Stories of 2018

The 12 Biggest Business Stories of 2018

December 26, 2018

Chief Executive Magazine looks back over a tumultuous and disruptive year for business. The list of things that mattered the most starts with Trump, Bezos, and Musk, not surprisingly.read more


The Year’s 20 Best Books For Business Leaders

The Year’s 20 Best Books For Business Leaders

December 17, 2018

The list of the 20 best books published in 2018, guaranteed to amuse, inform, astound, and occasionally, annoy. As the title suggests, these 20 outstanding reads are not ‘how to’ books about business, but about the deeper things you need to know to deal with the fundamental challenges of our complex and volatile world.read more


The Les Moonves Show: Sex and The C Suite

The Les Moonves Show: Sex and The C Suite

December 10, 2018

If you ever get to Rome, the Trevi Fountain’s 86 foot peak is awe-inspiring, but no more so than Les Moonves’ shooting star as the maestro of television for over 30 years. At Lorimar and Warner Brothers and then at CBS, he greenlit everything from “Friends, “ER,” “CSI” to “Survivor.” During his CBS network tenure, his name was attached to six of the ten most watched shows on television. He had the Midas touch and Wall Street knew it.read more


Demystifying The Fall Of Carlos Ghosn

Demystifying The Fall Of Carlos Ghosn

December 3, 2018

His epitaph will read “rampant greed brought about an untimely end.” But that would be giving Ghosn too little credit.read more


J.Crew’s Pop-Up CEO Office

J.Crew’s Pop-Up CEO Office

December 1, 2018

When the board of J Crew decided the CEO wasn’t working out, it figured four heads might be better than one. For now.read more


Will China's Xi play Trump's Game

Will China’s Xi Play Trump’s Trade Game?

November 30, 2018

The key to Donald Trump’s trade war strategy comes from an expression used by “The Godfather’s” Michael Corleone: “My father taught me many things and the most important was to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” At the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires on Friday, November 30, President Trump will keep China’s Xi very close. The two superpower nations are trying to avert a tariff increase that might lead to a global trade war. Xi knows the eyes of the world are upon him. But Trump is feeling confident and not only because he has a great hand and plays with house money, but also that he knows something no one else seems to recognize.read more