FINAL - "When all think alike, then no one is thinking."...

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"When all think alike, then no one is thinking." — Walter Lippman Introduction Throughout the fall semester of my senior year at Miami University I have continuously been encouraged to think outside of the regular parameters of a typical education frame of mind. One class in particular, Management 415: Leadership & Learning, has forced me not only to think analytically, but also practically and creatively. For my final project in this class we were instructed to write a paper on business leaders we would choose to put on our board of advisors. The hard part for me was narrowing down my advisors; I still have so much to learn about being a leader that I could probably use about twenty advisors. I was able to narrow my board down to six people: Keri Anderson, John Medina, David Allen, Deborah Ancona, Philip Ross, and Roger Martin Instead of writing about how influential these leaders could be to me I decided to give direct accounts of how each of them have contributed to making me a better leader in all aspects of my life. The pages ahead provide some perspective as to how I became the type of leader that I am today.
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Kerri Anderson Former CEO of Wendy’s When I was thirteen, the typical age teenagers start babysitting, I was asked by Kerri Anderson to watch her two children, Taff and Alexa, while she and her husband went to a company Christmas party. I have known the Andersons for as long as I can remember, our families went on vacations together. After she and her husband returned home that night and saw the kids were sleeping and the house wasn’t burnt down, I became her new go-to babysitter whenever they needed one. Throughout the past nine years I have continued to watch her kids, I also watch the house when they are gone, and even run errands if she needs me to. Through working for Kerri I learned that one of the most important parts of being a leader is making sure the people who work for you are happy. I began spending a lot of time over at the Anderson house to help out whenever it was needed, unlike my mom Kerri had a career so I looked up to her and sought advice whenever I needed any that my mom couldn’t provide. One day I asked her what it was like to have so many people work for her, Kerri didn’t have any regular job, she was the CEO of Wendy’s, and she responded, “it’s tough, the hardest part of my job is ensuring that all of those people want to work for me.” I took a lot away from what she said because I had never thought about being a leader in that way. The idea instantly clicked in my head though because I realized I was at her house happily wrapping Christmas presents and running errands for her, something that I dragged my feet doing for myself. Kerri has always had an aura around her giving off positivity and excitement, one I try to
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course MGT 415 taught by Professor Cowan during the Fall '11 term at Miami University.

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FINAL - "When all think alike, then no one is thinking."...

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