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2009年7月15日 (水)

Deanの最後の教え

スタンフォードのビジネススクールのDean (学長)が今度変わります。10年間Deanを務めたJossが、今年1年を終えた学生(9月から2年目に入る2010年卒業見込みの学生たち)に送った手紙がこれ。

将来を担う世代に対する期待と愛情に溢れた手紙になっています。

「it’s not about power or fame or fortune, but about the immense satisfaction that comes from moving an organization in the right direction」といったところは、まさにそうだと思わず納得させられます。

JossがFinancial Timesに寄稿した一文も非常に勉強になります(下記のarticleと下線を付されたところをクリックするとリンク先に飛びます。)

As your first year at the GSB draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation. You have been wonderful partners in the classroom, in leadership roles and as sources of invaluable feedback. For all of your effort and support to help maintain our amazing community, I am grateful.

Over the summer, I encourage you to take a few hours to reflect on what you have learned during your first year at the GSB. You have had the privilege of a wealth of resources and a breadth of learning. Having reached your half-way point, now is a great time to take stock:  not only to recognize all you have learned, but to set goals for what you wish to learn and accomplish next year. If you articulate educational goals and specific plans to achieve them, you will be much more likely to realize your aims and potential.   

Also, take some time to think about what it means to be a leader. You’ll manage other people at some point in your careers, and you’ll learn that it’s not about power or fame or fortune, but about the immense satisfaction that comes from moving an organization in the right direction. You’ll have to take responsibility, assess the onslaught of data and opinions available to you, set a strategy, and keep your organization on course. You’ll also have to earn the respect and trust of your employees so that they follow your lead. And, you’ll have to work to retain your humility, your ethical vigilance, and your sense of purpose. As you prepare for your second year at the GSB, think about what more you can learn in order to better prepare yourselves for this exciting and significant challenge.

I hope your summer jobs are enriching, meaningful, and enjoyable. For those of you who are undertaking GMIX assignments, I wish you a wonderful and transformative experience. For those who will return from summer a week early to participate in September Sessions, I know you will find this one of your best educational experiences at the GSB.  And, for all of you, I hope you return with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose about how best to use the precious resource of your remaining year at the GSB.

Last but not least, thank you for helping make my 10 years as dean so rewarding. As I pass the baton to Professor (and soon to be Dean) Saloner, I feel exceedingly confident about the future of the GSB. The school is blessed with outstanding and dedicated faculty. It will be led by a capable and inspiring leader. And, it will continue to attract students like you, who are truly capable of changing lives, changing organizations, and changing the world.

Best,

Bob Joss

P.S. I thought you might enjoy reading an article I wrote for the Financial Times. It’s about some of my fondest childhood experiences and how they taught me important lessons about business management and leadership.

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