1st Edition

Seven Essentials for Business Success Lessons from Legendary Professors

By George Siedel Copyright 2022
    244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Successful leaders are great teachers, and successful teachers serve as models of leadership. This book enables both leaders and teachers to understand and use the best practices developed by award-winning professors, each of whom teaches one of the seven areas that are essential for business success.

    These professors candidly discuss their successes and failures in the classroom, the mentors who inspired them, how they developed their teaching methods, and their rigorous preparation for class. Through descriptions of the professors in action, readers will gain an insider’s perspective on their teaching skills, and witness how they teach the seven essentials for success in a variety of settings—MBA, Executive MBA, and executive education courses. The chapters also describe the daily lives (professional and personal) of the professors, and the impact they have beyond the classroom in improving organizations and society.

    If you are a leader or teacher—or if you are interested in the content of a business school education—this book provides an insider’s perspective on the best practices used by legendary professors when teaching the seven essentials that represent the core body of knowledge for business success. 

    Dedication; Preface; Seven Remarkable Professors Teaching Seven Essential Areas for Business Success; The Seven Essential Areas: The Core Body of Knowledge Taught at Business Schools; Stanford Accounting Professor Charles Lee: Make Sound Investment Decisions While Searching for Truth in Your Personal Life; Wharton Legal Studies Professor Richard Shell: Understand Your Legal Responsibilities as a Leader and Your Personal Motivation for Success; Chicago Finance Professor Steven Kaplan: Learn How to Make Financial Decisions and Start a Business; Michigan Management Professor Gretchen Spreitzer: Design Your Life to Thrive in the New World of Work; Northwestern Marketing Professor Florian Zettelmeyer: Understand Data Analytics for Business Success; MIT Operations Professor Georgia Perakis: Learn How to Improve Business Operations Through Innovative Research and Practice; Harvard Strategy Professor Jan Rivkin: Develop Skills to Formulate Strategy and Gain Competitive Advantage; Lessons for Leaders and Teachers: The Teaching Process and the Power of Authenticity; Appendix A. Zoom Lessons for Leaders; Appendix B: Business School Rankings and the Methodology for Business School Selection


    George Siedel is the Williamson Family Professor Emeritus of Business Administration and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Business Law at the University of Michigan. As a Fulbright Scholar, he held a Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has received the Bernard Teaching Leadership Award from the University of Michigan and the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

    "This book should be required reading for new professors, and experienced professors will also benefit from the rich detail that includes stories, quotes and the pedagogy literature." --Professor T. Leigh Anenson, University of Maryland Smith College of Business

    "George Siedel has masterfully captured teaching lessons every business leader can learn from award-winning business school professors. Diligently employ these lessons in your organization and watch your employee engagement and performance soar!" --Tom Highley, Managing Partner, Cordis Capital Partners

    "Each professor-centered chapter features the nuggets MBA students look for when searching for a program: Student insights, course structure and content, as well as the professor’s resume and credentials." --Kristy Bleizeffer, Poets & Quants