Hi everyone, I have some exciting news to share. Back in late July, Kellogg’s new Dean Sally Blout decided to start blogging about her experience as the new Dean this year. Until now, the Kellogg community, like most business schools, relied on press releases, interviews, and other meetings and conferences to hear about everything that was going on. But now, you can real time, up-to-date information not only about what she’s working on, but also about her thoughts for the future.
The title of the site is “Dean Blount’s First 100 Days,” and it’s purpose is to capture her weekly reflections on Kellogg and management education in the 21st century. She’s already posted ten or so posts over the course of the past few weeks, and I suspect she’ll really start to pick up the pace a bit now that the new Kellogg class of 2012 - her first class as dean - is about to begin.
In my view, the dean’s decision to blog is a very good idea, though you might expect me to say that given I have a website of my own. That’s because a leader’s ability to lead effectively in any organization, especially in today’s interconnected internet-driven world is directly correlated to his or her reputation. A reputation as a thought leader and someone with vision for change. Someone with a proven ability not only to come up with big ideas but also to persuade others and communicate the ideas to the masses. And blogging provides a great venue to start building your reputation and delivering your message.
After reading through the dean’s blog, it looks like she’s hit the ground running and I look forward to seeing what the longer term message is. For all those interested in Kellogg, affiliated with the university, or interested in the MBA community more generally, please join the dean’s ongoing conversation along with me. I suspect that she’ll channel great insights about business and would love to hear what you think about her ideas.
And Dean Blount, thanks for your engagement in the univeristy and for sharing your insights about the MBA world as you take the helm of Kellogg. We look forward to reading along and interacting with you throughout the year.
Click here for see the Dean’s new blog.