You’re Invited to a Networking Happy Hour with Portuguese EMBA students

You’re cordially invited to a Networking Happy Hour with Portuguese EMBA Students.  During the week of October 29 – November 2, a group of EMBA students from the Porto Business School in Portugal will be in Austin for a week long program titled Leading in a Global World.

Event: Networking Happy Hour with Portuguese EMBA students.

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Location: AT&T EECC, location will be specified in separate confirmation.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Attendees: McCombs participants; 79 Porto Business School EMBA students.

Attire: Business Casual.

Event Registration: send an email to

About the Porto Executive MBA Program:

  • Program Year: There are 62 EMBA students and 17 full-time MBA students; their program is 14 months long and they will complete the program just before arriving in Austin.
  • Program History: The Porto Business School is a new client, partnering with the McCombs School of Business for a one week program focusing on business strategy, cutting-edge leadership, communication practices and the global markets.
  • The Porto students will be in Austin from October 28 – November 3.
  • Professors include Jim Fredrickson, Sandy Leeds, Luis Martins, John Daly, Gaylen Paulson and John Doggett.
  • Site visits will consist of a tour of the McCombs Financial Trading & Technology Center, Dell, Whole Foods and National Instruments.

Finding a Common Language in Intercultural Negotiation

Gaylen Paulson with students from Sinopec and PetrobrasOriginally posted from Texas Enterprise
By Rob Heidrick

Executives from the Chinese energy company Sinopec and Brazilian energy company Petrobras recently sat across from one another at a negotiating table to discuss a proposed business transaction. The leaders on both sides had only limited experience with international negotiation, and both teams were hesitant to get the conversation started. Without an understanding of each other’s backgrounds, it was hard to know where to begin.

The reluctance to engage with people from another country is not uncommon. Language barriers may be just the tip of the iceberg in an international negotiation. Because each culture has its own customs for communicating in business and social situations, it can be difficult for members from different groups to bridge those gaps in a short amount of time.

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Daly: Brilliant Ideas Still Need To Be Sold

Originally posted from McCombs Today Blog
By Erin Geisler

History is replete with examples of brilliant ideas—with the potential to change their industry’s landscape—not being implemented because they weren’t sold correctly. Even worse, the world is full of bad ideas that were successfully championed within their organization and got the green light (think New Coke, the Gap’s short-lived new logo, China’s Three Gorges Dam).

Leadership expert John Daly, professor in the College of Communication and at McCombs, recently spoke at theTexas Enterprise Speaker Series and shared some tips from his forthcoming book “Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others,” which schools readers on how to shape opinion, inspire action and achieve results.

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Making the Most of Your ‘Honeymoon’ at Your New Assignment

Originally posted from McCombs Today Blog
By Ernest Auerbach
Guest Blogger for Texas Enterprise

Ernest Auerbach is a recently retired corporate executive who held management positions in the U.S. and overseas at Xerox, CIGNA, New York Life Insurance International and AIG. He started and led the insurance practice in Mexico for Andersen Consulting. He is the author of Joining the Inner Circle, How to Make it as a Senior Executive, and numerous articles in theWall Street Journal and other publications. He lives with his wife in Austin.

Let’s say you just were given responsibility for the bottom line results of a company, division, or even a smaller organization. Generally, you will be judged by your management on three criteria: achievement of profit and revenue goals and cost containmentcontinuing communication to subordinates of your expectations and ethical standards, and the development of people.

I think that a lot of your success will depend on what you do early in that new responsibility – during your ‘Honeymoon.’ Here are a few things you can do to help assure excellent results.

  • Team assignment. Give your management team an assignment with a tight but realistic deadline–say, a week–so that the group may have to work beyond the regular work day. The topic could be, “What is right and wrong in this organization, and what should be done?” Don’t pick a team leader or spokesperson and don’t prescribe the form of presentation. You will learn several things: the quality of the work and the group’s determination to meet the deadline. You will learn who the group thinks is its best leader and presenter. You also may get some really good ideas for improving the operation. Continue reading

Can the Lieberman-Kerry Bill Really Lead to Transformational Energy Reform?

Originally posted from McCombs Today Blog.

The energy bill unveiled in the Senate earlier this month has begun to attract big attention from energy reform and industry interests, especially in the light of the recent Gulf Coast deepwater oil spill. It’s not yet clear what the bill’s prospects at passing are; according to The New York Times on May 20, “Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said earlier this week he will huddle next month with key committee leaders and the entire 59-member Senate Democratic caucus to determine what type of energy and climate bill has the votes to pass off the floor this year.”

David SpenceBut Associate Professor David Spence of the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at McCombs theorizes in a recent Energy Brief that there are good reasons to suspect that Congress will have a particularly difficult time passing the kind of transformative legislation that advocates of fundamental energy reform favor. And those reasons are based far more on rational (if not necessarily beneficial-to-society) behaviors than some might imagine. Continue reading