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留学参考:What Female Deans Want MBA Women In The Class of 2017 To Know  

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留学参考:What Female Deans Want MBA Women In The Class of 2017 To Know
 

 

BY: ANDREA CARTER ON JUNE 07, 2017

 

 

It’s that time of year when graduations are happening at colleges and universities everywhere. 2017 commencement speeches from the likes of Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg to the Dalai Lama and the Terminator himself, are adding that special touch to mark this significant milestone in the lives of thousands of students across the globe.

As business school students head off to jobs in global consulting firms, bulge bracket banks, large and early stage tech companies, consumer goods giants, or even to launch their own entrepreneurial startups, this is the ultimate defining moment. It’s filled to the max with excitement and joy, many uncertainties, yet endless possibilities.

Since the challenges face by women in business are well known–equal and fair pay, managing family and career, and work-life balance, among others–Poets&Quants sought the advice of women who know a thing or two about thriving as business leaders: The few women who have made it to the top of their business schools as deans.

BET ON YOURSELF

From Kellogg School’s Sally Blount and Indiana Kelley’s Idie Kesner to Emory Goizueta’s Erika James and ESMT Berlin’s Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze, the deans dispense wisdom from heart felt experience, informed by their own personal triumphs and failures. They have plenty to say about what works, what doesn’t, and what advice they would give to their younger selves today.

Erika James of Emory’s Goizueta School of Business shares the three little words that she says are her guiding light as a business leader: Bet on yourself. Although this can be applied to both men and women, the dean says she’s seen many women in business take themselves out of opportunities because they didn’t think they were ready or capable. “Trust that, even if you go into something without 100% of the knowledge, you will figure it out,” counsels James.

Desautels Faculty of Management Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou says she’s seen similar observations. “As women, we often strive for perfection in many dimensions of our lives. But it’s important that we allow ourselves to not always fit a ‘job description.’ Sometimes we don’t even apply for positions because we don’t tick all the boxes. Do not be the one to hold yourself back.”

HARD TRUTHS & HARSH REALITIES

Dean Georgette Chapman Phillips of Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics offers some advice on being true to oneself. “To the best of your ability, listen to your internal ‘true north,’ she says. “Many people will try to make you over in a way that will feel inauthentic. Listen to what is said, but with a critical ear and adopt only the part of the message that conforms with who you think you want to be.”

In our outreach to gather advice from the female heads of business schools, Villanova Business School Dean Joyce Russell was the only one to recommend something tangible for business women to go out and attain and add to their skill set. “Take a negotiations course,” she says. “It will be the best thing you can do to improve your confidence so that you can effectively communicate, influence, and lead others. Then, you will be able to make a mark.”

We asked the deans if there are any harsh realities that women in the Class of 2017 should brace themselves for and here’s what they told us. “The hard truth,” confides Dean James of Goizueta, “is that very rarely will your job present an opportunity for a hockey stick – perpetual, continued growth.”

Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze, Dean of Faculty at ESMT Berlin, warns women in the Class of 2017 be wary of shortcuts. “If you think you’ve found a shortcut, following it is probably going to have unintended side effects. Think twice about taking it.”

Or, as Dean Idalene Kesner from IU’ Kelley School of Business, tells us, “There are still many people who feel that if you don’t handle things the same way male colleagues handle things, then you’re ineffective. But, when you do handle things the same way, you’re harsh or overbearing.

NOW’S NOT THE TIME FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

While they are trying to have their voices heard and circumvent gender assumptions, some business women may also reach the point of deciding to start a family. To this, Dean Phillips of Lehigh gives it to grads straight. “The hard truth is that, until men start having babies, women will continue to shoulder a disproportionate amount of responsibility of creating a family. This starts with biology, but certainly doesn’t end there.”

Dean Sally Blount of the Kellogg School of Management cautions women in the Class of 2017 that now’s not the time to focus on work-life balance. “At least not if you have big ambitions,” she says. “At the launch, it’s important to think bravely and recognize that your early career experiences set the trajectory for your career. The higher you aim now, the farther you can go in the long-run.”

Her advice? “Take the biggest, boldest jobs that you can right out of business school. Book as much brand name credibility and career growth on your resume now as you can, because you’ll have it in the bank to use when you navigate the mid-career marathon years. If your goal is a life that combines deep family connection and meaningful work, you’re going to want options in the years when long-term relationships and caregiving roles become focal, when family considerations begin to constrain how you make decisions.”

WHAT I WISH I KNEW THEN

Finally, we asked the deans to share the one piece of advice about being a successful business woman that they wished they would’ve known sooner. “Not everyone is going to like you,” says Dean Phillips. Candidly, she admits that she spent far too much time and energy worrying about likability. “Really, no matter what you do, someone is not going to like yu. Doesn’t mean you are a bad person. It means that you are making hard decisions that not everyone agrees with.”

Dean Nancy Bagranoff of the Robins School of Business says she wishes someone would’ve told her that nothing is as bad as it seems or as good as it seems. “Something may seem terrible at the time, but that goes away,” she says.

At the end of the day, Dean James and Dean Stefanescu-Cuntze says that business is all about people–something they wish they would have realized sooner. “The most important part of business are always the people. They will be your main assets, and they will usually bring your greatest challenges,” says Stefanescu-Cuntze. “Being aware of this and prepared to deal with it helps tremendously.”

 

Sally Blount

Dean

Kellogg School of Management

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“Take the biggest, boldest jobs that you can right out of business school. Book as much brand name credibility and career growth on your resume now as you can, because you’ll have it in the bank to use when you navigate the mid-career marathon years.

“If your goal is a life that combines deep family connection and meaningful work, you’re going to want options in the years when long-term relationships and caregiving roles become focal, when family considerations begin to constrain how you make decisions.

“I know that many big, brand name jobs require long days, late nights and travel. And I know that makes them less appealing to some of you. But the early years are not forever, and while concepts like mission and work/life balance are absolutely important, they shouldn’t be the focus at the start of a career – at least not if you have big ambitions. At the launch, it’s important to think bravely and recognize that your early career experiences set the trajectory for your career. The higher you aim now the farther you can go in the long-run.”

Idalene Kesner

Dean

Kelley School of Business

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“It’s not about “having it all at every moment in your career.”  Rather think of the goal of “having it all over the full cycle of your career.”  This makes balance more achievable and your personal life and professional life more enjoyable.”

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“Women and men approach things differently.  Whether we’re talking about things like problem solving, communications, negotiations, or conflict resolution.  Nevertheless, there are still many people who feel that if you don’t handle things the same way male colleagues handle things, then you’re ineffective.  But, when you do handle things the same way as your male colleagues you’re harsh or overbearing.  As trite as it may sound, it’s always best to just “be yourself,” and use the style and manner that works for you.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“The best advice I received was from my parents:  “No one will believe in you and have confidence in you if you don’t believe in yourself and have self-confidence.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“Above my mother’s desk was the following quote from Mark Twain:  “I … have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”  If you’re an extreme or excessive planner (as I am), this is a mantra to live by.”

 

Joyce E. A. Russell

The Helen and William O’Toole Dean

Villanova School of Business

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“To make a mark, you need to move things forward. To do this, people have to listen to you. In other words, you have to be able to influence them. How will you be able to do this? You need to have great leadership, influence and negotiation skills and the confidence to use them. Do you have these skills? If not, you need to get them. Take a negotiations course. It will be the best thing you can do to improve your confidence so that you can effectively communicate, influence and lead others. Then, you will be able to make a mark.”

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“Being the only woman or one of a few. In college, you may have been on teams with half men and half women, and you had this sense of equality. If, however, you enter a job and are surrounded by male colleagues, it may initially feel uncomfortable being the “only one” or “one of a few” You may find that your voice is not as easily heard as it was in college. I would suggest that you do a few things in order to succeed (until organizations themselves change and become more accommodating to diversity in the workplace):

  • You have to be able to communicate with men. Understand and speak their language – whether that’s golf, sports, real-estate, investing, news, etc. For example, you don’t have to play sports, but you do need to understand the basics. It helps in forming relationships with many of your male colleagues if you can hold a conversation about the game the night before.
  • Have a sense of humor, smile, and be enthusiastic. People expect this of women in particular at work and they gravitate towards people who are energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Keep confidences, no matter what the temptation is to reveal something.
  • As “one of the only women”, you will be more visible to others – in terms of your dress, your sense of professionalism, your demeanor, your working hours, everything. They may judge all women based on what you do. Just remember this as you make choices about what to wear, whom to talk with, what time to show up for work, etc. You are role model for women and professionalism is critical.

“It’s all about relationships. You need to take the time to build relationships with others, network, and continue to get mentoring, no matter how much experience you have. Get sponsors (or advocates) as well. They are critical since sponsors are the ones who get you assigned onto important or visible projects and help to advance you in the firm. You should have 1-2 sponsors from within the firm (higher-level people who can enhance your career prospects) and several mentors (can be internal and external) to provide role modeling and social and psychological support.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“I did really learn from successful and unsuccessful leaders about what to do and what not to do as a leader. This may be because as an Industrial & Organizational Psychologist, I was always an observer of the impact of someone’s actions on others. I think in general though we do not prepare people, particularly women, enough about how to lead their whole life. I think women have the tendency to put their heads down to the grindstone and work away day after day, without thinking about how doing things for themselves (like having hobbies or leisure pursuits) are so important to their own development. Women are just too busy to find the time for themselves since we are trying to balance work, home, school, children, chores, and the rest of our lives. And, yet, finding time for ourselves is critical for our own growth. I know I share this message with women (and men) a lot. I want them to work hard, yet at the same time, plan time for their physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional growth. There is no question that you will be much more successful if you take care of all of these aspects. You will come to know your purpose in life and will prioritize actions to be in alignment with your purpose. And, you will be more well-rounded, healthier, and happier if you find time for enhancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“Since I was in high school, I have always believed that “anything is possible” and that each one of us was put here on Earth for a reason and to have a positive impact on the world around us.  We just have to keep moving forward, being positive, optimistic and enthusiastic about making a difference.

“I also believe in servant leadership and that our job as leaders is to serve others and to remove the obstacles that may be in their ways – to help them be successful. I believe that really it’s not about us, but about the mission – about driving change forward for the firm. If we can remember this, then we too will be successful. And, more importantly, we will have made an impact by moving the world forward.”

 

Erika James

John H. Harland Dean

Goizueta Business School

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“Spend more time focusing on your points of excellence and less time on trying to sure up weaknesses. Trying to improve in areas of deficit will create mediocrity. But if you start with excellence and get better from there you are in line for long-term success.”

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“The hard truth is very rarely will your job present an opportunity for a hockey stick – perpetual, continued growth. Accept the fluctuation that comes with being in the business world.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“It’s about the people. Business is really about inspiring and leading people.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“Bet on yourself. I’ve seen many women in business take themselves out of opportunities because they didn’t think they were ready or capable. Trust that, even if you go into something without 100 percent of the knowledge, you will figure it out.”

Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze

Dean of Faculty

ESMT Berlin

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“Be ambitious. Aim for more than you think you can achieve and, with reasonableness, do not let go of the dream. ”  

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“If you think you found a shortcut, following it is probably going to have unintended side-effects. Think twice about taking it.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“I would say that, in my experience, the most important part of business are always the people. They will be your main assets, and they will usually bring your greatest challenges. Being aware of this and prepared to deal with it helps tremendously. ” 

Georgette Chapman Phillips

Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean

Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“To the best of your ability, listen to your internal “true north.” Many people will try to make you over in a way that will feel inauthentic. Listen to what is said, but with a critical ear and adopt only the part of the message that conforms with who you think you want to be.”

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“The hard truth is that, until men start having babies, women will continue to shoulder a disproportionate amount of responsibility of creating a family. This starts with biology, but certainly doesn’t end there. Be honest with yourself about the importance of family (I think it is very important, but you owe it to yourself to come to your own conclusions). Yes, it is unfair  that men don’t have to make the choices. Yes, we should keep pushing toward gender pay responsibility/equality. But, in the meantime, we have to live our lives. Figure out the balance that works for you and your partner–not that works for your employer. Then go to your employer and try to implement that strategy.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“Not everyone is going to like you! I spent far too much time and energy worrying about likability. Really, no matter what you do, someone is not going to like you. Doesn’t mean you are a bad person. It means that you are making hard decisions that not everyone agrees with. As long as your decisions are not vindictive or mean spirited, you are doing fine. Notice I didn’t say you must always be fair. Unfortunately, sometimes you will not be fair, but you must come to that decision in an honest way.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“It’s one I have used for years: always live in beta. Meaning that you should constantly be working for improvement and the change that is often required for improvement. Beta means being comfortable with not having all of the answers and a certain tolerance for ambiguity. That’s the only way to actually move forward with impact.”

 

Nancy Bagranoff

Dean

Robins School of Business

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“I think Sheryl Sandberg has it right, they need to lean in. Often times, when I travel with students, I see women taking notes and men asking the questions. There’s a cultural difference. Women study, but they’re not probing their curiosity. They will need to speak up. Raise their hands. People won’t wait for them so they need to make themselves heard.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“Nothing is as bad as it seems or as good as it seems. Something may seem terrible at the time, but that goes away.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“The Platinum Rule: treat others as they want to be treated. It takes the Golden Rule one step further.”

Wendy Loretto

University of Edinburgh Business School

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“Not particularly original, but be yourself and in your own way. One thing we’re so proud of at Edinburgh is that we’re not necessarily of the viewpoint that to be a good leader you have to follow the traditional or macho rule. There are different ways of being a leader. You can succeed and lead in a different way.”

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“Unfortunately, discrimination and gender assumptions are still there. They are less overt and more hidden than previously, but that makes it more dangerous and makes it more difficult to tackle. Also, women should be aware that they are not assumed to be able to do everything. Don’t feel that you’ve got to do everything to be a successful female leader.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“Be confident and know there are different ways to be a good leader. Particularly, when I started in retail before academia, to be successful was to adopt a very masculine or macho form of leadership. Success was an individual thing; you won and the others lost, a constant upward trajectory. I wish someone had said to me it’s not a race to any one point; that you can take the time to explore and that there are very much different ways of being successful.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“I would reiterate that there are different ways of being successful. The way you believe in success is very personal and believe in that. People get too caught up if not leaning in they’re not being successful. Be youRself and believe your way to success will be the right way for you.”

“Don’t feel you’ve got to please others and being able to smooth over conflict and be the mediator i don’t think anyone should be expected to do that along the way.”

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

Dean

Desautels Faculty of Management

To the women of the Class of 2017, what is the key piece of advice you have for those who seek to make their mark in business?

“One piece of advice that I would offer is most definitely to stay true to your values and to always take the high road. In business, being known for what you stand for and upholding those values are key to making and leaving your mark.”

What are the hard truths or realities that aspiring business women should be prepared for?

“As women, we often strive for perfection in many dimensions of our lives. But it’s important that we allow ourselves to not always fit a ‘job description.’ Sometimes we don’t even apply for positions because we don’t ‘tick all the boxes.’ Do not be the one to hold yourself back.”

What advice do you wish someone had shared with you about being a successful woman in business?

“You can do anything that you put your mind to. Don’t ever feel limited–even in business situations where you will very often be the minority as a female.”

What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live by and you’d like to pass on to women in the Class of 2017?

“Someone incredibly inspiring in achieving so much in his life was Nelson Mandela and among many of his quotes, this one is particularly pertinent as you embark on your new journey: “It always seems impossible until it is done.

 

 

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