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You're never too old to learn

When John Haddon, 57, left a 22-year career in financial services in 2004, like many of us, he wasn't expecting the storms that lay on the horizon. One financial crisis later, he realised that, despite his years in the field, as an entrepreneur he was still lacking some of the skills required to navigate through choppy economic waters and a global business environment. "Although I'd been in financial services for a long while, I didn't have all that was required to 'speak the language'. I concluded that I needed to upgrade my skills," he recalls.

Published on : 18 Oct 2012

Be yourself for the best result

If a book was written about you, what would the title be and why? If that one has you tripping over your tongue, it's meant to. "Part of the idea behind these questions is to throw you something you are not prepared for and see what you come up with," says Michael Forde, who successfully applied to a handful of business schools before choosing McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management in Canada.

Published on : 18 Oct 2012

Growing Together: Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning,” the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.”

Published on : 18 Oct 2012

Learning the legal and corporate realities of sustainability

For many people, sustainability in business is an afterthought. Not for me. Over the last two years, I have spent my time at McGill University’s law faculty where my passion for sustainability has grown tremendously. Taking courses on environmental law and business law was an eye-opening experience. Often enough, the law responded too slowly to sustainability issues yet business had the capacity and resources to act immediately.

Published on : 17 Oct 2012

2012-2013 MDIIM Student Associates Program

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) is pleased to announce its selections for the 2012-2013 MDIIM Student Associates Program: Shobhita Soor (3rd-year MBA/Law) and Shaonan Zhou (U3 Finance) will work with the Institute over the coming academic year to assist with the implementation of innovative teaching, research and outreach initiatives related to integrated management. The MDIIM would like to thank all of this year's applicants for their interest in the Student Associates Program.

Published on : 17 Oct 2012

The End of Leadership – At Least as We Know It!

America is currently facing a crisis of leadership in business and in government. Yet at the same time – participation in leadership seminars and programs has never been higher. The leadership industry, with many of its roots in America, is now a $50 billion industry. If America is so good at developing leaders however, then why is America a mess? Both presidential candidates are impressive men but neither seems, at this point, to really rise to equal leaders of the past. -Article by Karl Moore and BCom student Emma Bambrick

Published on : 09 Oct 2012

Laurentian Bank donates $200,000 to Desautels Faculty of Management

In an event last week at the Desautels Faculty of Management, Laurentian Bank President and CEO, Réjean Robitaille announced his bank’s support of the Faculty via a donation of $200,000 over 10 years. More specifically, the donation consists of six Laurentian Bank Bursaries to be awarded to undergraduate students and two Laurentian Bank Leadership Prizes to MBA students. By the end of Laurentian Bank’s philanthropic commitment, a total of 80 grants will have been presented to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Published on : 09 Oct 2012

Finding happiness the MBA way

These days, when Jesper Hornberg goes to work he's likely to be stepping into a mud hut in Kenya, checking on a solar lamp. He's the founder of an NGO called Givewatts, which is trying to reduce dependence on kerosene lamps. Rather than having to work in the poor light given off by kerosene, children whose families have his lamps can now see well enough to do their homework. In some cases, their school test scores have increased by 50%.

Published on : 02 Oct 2012

Social and Environmental Ethics Integrated into Management Curricula

Throughout the last two decades, a wave of studies criticizing current curricula have swept through the field of management, leading to the discussion of widespread reforms throughout educational institutions. Specifically, many criticized the lack of “functionally integrated curricula in higher education,” one that is inclusive of social and ecological factors in business practices.

Published on : 02 Oct 2012

Silent Spring: The Birth of the Environmental Movement

On September 19th, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), in collaboration with The Bull & Bear and the Management Sustainability Network, held a panel reflecting on the relevance of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestseller that exposed the public to the hazards of synthetic materials in the environment.

Published on : 02 Oct 2012

International Management Networking Breakfast

On Friday September 21, the IMA was successfully re-launched with the first annual International Management Networking Breakfast. The event was sponsored by RDA Capital and hosted in Bronfman building. With 43 people in attendance including students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the IMA executive team, it was an excellent start to accomplishing the IMA’s vision to build a strong community within the International Management program.

Published on : 28 Sep 2012

Desautels students to benefit from state-of-the-art financial markets software

Students at the Desautels Faculty of Management will have access to state-of-the-art software used by financial professionals, thanks to a new agreement between the Faculty and Thomson Reuters. Under the five-year pact, Thomson Reuters will provide software licenses for Eikon, its flagship financial-markets platform, and will supply training and support for the desktop system. The Eikon desktops give Desautels finance students and professors access to essential news, data, analytics and trading tools.

Published on : 28 Sep 2012

Talking Management with Karl Moore: Factor in human emotions when planning strategy

Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University speaks to Quy Huy, a senior strategy professor at INSEAD just outside of Paris. Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, September 25, 2012

Published on : 26 Sep 2012

The right chemistry: workshop brings together grad students from different faculties for one common goal

If women are from Venus and men are from Mars, as asserted in the 1992 best-selling book by American author and relationship counselor John Gray, then it might also hold true that chemists are from Saturn, engineers are from Mercury and business people are from Jupiter, so different are their respective worlds.

Published on : 25 Sep 2012

My Visit with a Senior Manager at Deloitte

It’s the morning of the 29th of August and I hastily get ready for my interview with Vince Spadafora (BCom’04), a senior manager at Deloitte. It’s already 8 am and the possibility that I may be late for my 10:30 am meeting at Place Ville Marie starts to become more and more likely. Why you ask? (or not) I haven’t decided on what to wear yet! I narrow my options down to two outfits: A black formal suit or a smart t-shirt with jeans. After a while I decide to go with both! I take the blazer from the suit and wear it with the shirt and jeans; casual yet professional. Perfect!

Published on : 25 Sep 2012