What societal challenges could be improved by the Wharton alumni network?

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Wharton on Healthcare

Healthcare costs are pretty much going to bankrupt the U.S. economy if they stay on their current trajectory. Wharton alumni could take a non-partisan, business-oriented approach to this challenge. At least it would be interesting to get the discussion going among alumni and to have some of our experts on health economics weigh in with the relevant facts.

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What do you most need to learn to be an even more effective leader?

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Spiritual intelligence

A lot has been written on IQ, EQ, etc. as they relate to leadership. One new area of intelligence is spiritual intelligence. Spiritual intelligence (distinct from both spirituality and religion) is defined by Cindy Wigglesworth as "the innate human need to be connected to something larger than ourselves, something we consider to be divine or of exceptional nobility." It would be interesting to see this concept influences leadership.

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What do you most need to learn to be an even more effective leader?

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Motivating others

Creating a climate in which people want to do their best; motivating many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; assessing each person’s hot button and use it to get the best out of him/her; pushing tasks and decisions down; empowering others; inviting input from each person and sharing ownership and visibility

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What societal challenges could be improved by the Wharton alumni network?

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Business Education

Despite some reforms to the curricula of leading business schools, it's pretty much same-old, same-old. We know that Mckinsey delivers a "mini MBA" to it's consultants without business education in about 6 weeks. We also know that executive MBA students can learn effectively the MBA curriculum at Wharton with a part-time investment of about 20 hours per week. So, are we missing an opportunity with the full-time MBA program to either dramatically increase its efficiency or to enhance its benefits?

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