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NATE BENNETT

PROFESSOR, AUTHOR, & CONSULTANT

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About

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EMBA candids in Buckhead Nate Bennett

Nate Bennett, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, the faculty director of the EMBA program, and a professor in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Over the years, he has won numerous awards for his teaching. He is co-author (with Stephen Miles) of two Stanford University Press books, “Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO” and “Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals.” For 8 years, he served as the academic advisor to the COO Circle, a group Chief Operating Officers from the world’s largest companies and most impactful non-profits.
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NateBizProfile

Nate Bennett joined the faculty of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in the summer of 2012.

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From 1999 to 2012, he served as the Catherine W. and Edwin A. Wahlen Professor of Management, as well as in a number of leadership roles, at Georgia Tech.

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He has published in many widely read resources for managers including the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek.com and Forbes.com.  He is co-author of two books, “Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO” and “Your Career Game:  How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals.”  Both are books published by Stanford University Press.  Additionally, his research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Journal of Applied Psychology, as well as other academic outlets.

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His current research interests involve power, leadership selection and development, top management team effectiveness and leadership transitions.

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Nate can be reached by email to nate@gsu.edu..

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Executive Education

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EMBA candids in BuckheadNate has more than 25 years of experience designing and delivering highly customized and impactful executive education programs for companies in a wide range of industries.  He has worked with audiences gathered in locations across North America, Europe, and South America. He is known as an engaging presenter with a very interactive style and practical approach and he works carefully to make sure executives leave programs with new skills that can immediately be put to use.

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In addition to his work in programs with Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Louisiana State University, he has been invited to serve as a faculty member in programs offered by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.  He has been invited to lecture in programs for executives hosted at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia, Institut Commercial de Nancy in France, and Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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Nate118Clients include: Schneider Electric, The Coca Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, McGladrey, GEICO, UnitedHealth Group, CHS, Lockheed-Martin, GE, St. Jude Medical, Schlumberger, McKesson, and NCR.

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Sample topics:

  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Building a Climate for Innovation
  • Creating High Performance Teams
  • Making and Executing Effective Business Strategy
  • Finding, Building and Retaining Engaged Employees

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Executive Testimonials:

 

Your style is unlike any others’ and it was a pleasure for me to be part of your class!

 

He did a great job of keeping everyone engaged – great sense of humor.

 

Dr. Bennett was a fantastic speaker and facilitator – he made the subject matter interesting.

 

He was very good at making everyone’s input fit and matter.
Very engaging presentation – kept it real and relevant. Nate is very insightful and knowledgeable.

 

Nate was very well prepared and able to show how the concepts he was teaching would help us at (our company).

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Popular Press Articles & Mentions

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Nate Bennett’s ongoing list of published articles
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Bennett, N. (2016). Leaders Are Made, Not Born — Here’s How To Make Them (Like Fine Wine!). Forbes, November 3.

 

Bennett, N., & Lemoine, G.J. (2016). The Essential Leadership Challenge for 2016 is Overcoming VUCA. Atlanta Business Chronicle, January 5.

 

Bennett, N. (2015). Our Leader Left. Who is Left to Lead? The Chronicle of Higher Education, Opinion/Editorial Section, July 22 (web) August 7 (print).

 

Bennett, N. (2015). Why Should Anyone Lead You?. Saporta Report, April 27.

 

Bennett, N., & Parks, J.M. (2015). Resolutions for Leading a More Innovative Company in 2015. Atlanta Business Chronicle, January 16.

 

Bennett, N. (2015). Resolved for 2015: Invest in your Portable Capabilities. Saporta Report, January 5.

 

Bennett, N., & Parks, J. M. (2015). Struggling to Innovate? Examine your Structure, Systems, and Culture. Business Horizons, 58, 563-569. (PDF version)

 

Russell, C., & Bennett, N. (2015). “Big Data and Talent Management: Using Hard Data to Make the Soft Stuff Easy, Business Horizons, 58, 237-242. (PDF version)

 

Bennett, N., & Lemoine, G.J. (2014). What a Difference a Word Makes: Understanding Threats to Performance in a VUCA World, Business Horizons, 57, 311-315. (PDF version)

 

Bennett, N., & Lemoine, G.J. (2014). “What VUCA Really Means for You,  Harvard Business Review, January/February, 27. (Video)
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Bennett, N. (2014). “Why No One Gets Away with Trash Talk Anymore“, Harvard Business Review, blogs.hbr.org, July 1NB white block horizontalBennett, N. (2014). “Reputation is Still King. Saporta Report“, August 27.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A., & Bennett, N. (2014). Getting the Board on its Toes: Anticipate the Threats to CEO Succession“. PREA Quarterly, Summer.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., & Shill, W. (2014). “The Dangers in Letting COOs Become an Endangered Species. Directors and Boards, Summer.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., & Forquer, D.R. (2014). “What America’s Cup Taught about Turnarounds. Harvard Business Review, blogs.hbr.org, April 9.NB white block horizontalBennett, N. (2014). “Is a Winning Culture the Chicken or the Egg? Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 21.

 

Bennett, N., & Griffin, T. (2014). “Don’t Skimp on Talent Management in a Downturn“. SaportaReport.com. Robinson College of Business, March 7.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., & Miles, S. (2014). “Who Is Looking Out for No. 1?“. SaportaReport.com. Robinson College of Business, February 17.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., & Lemoine, G. (2014). “What VUCA Really Means for You”. HBR.org Reprint F1401C Idea Watch, January-February.NB white block horizontalBennett, N. (2013). “Are Your Change Leaders Managing Traffic?” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 10.

 

Dill, K. (2013). “Lululemon Wants You To Know It Still Has A Sense Of Humor. But Should It Be Laughing?“.  Forbes.com, June 13.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., & McMahon, B. (2013). “What Baseball Teaches About Leading When Expectations Are High or Failure Is Certain“. Business Week, March 28.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A., & Bennett, N. (2013). “March Madness Leadership Lessons“. Business Week, March 13.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A., & Bennett, N. (2012). “Leadership Advice for the New York Times and its New CEO“. Business Week, November 21.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A., & Bennett, N. (2012). “The Hidden Cost of the Citi Succession“. Business Week, October 31.NB white block horizontal

Bennett, N., & Miles, S.A. (2012). “Is Your Board About to Pick the Wrong CEO?“. Boardmember/NYSE Euronext, October 11.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A., & Bennett, N. (2012). “NFL Fans Get the ‘Stakeholder’ Treatment in Ref Dispute“. Business Week, September 26.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., Miles, S.A., & Shill, W. (2012). “The Disappearing COO and the Evaporating Talent Pool“. Business Week, September 10.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A., & Bennett, N. (2012). “Systematic Shocks: Does Your Leader Absorb Them or Make Them Worse? Business Week, September 4.NB white block horizontalBennett, N, & Miles, S.A. (2012). “Your 2012 Leadership Secret: Be a Better Self-Diagnostician“. Forbes.com, January 11NB white block horizontalBennett, N., Miles, S.A., & McMahon, B. (2011). “Managing the Millennials. Talent Management, June.NB white block horizontalBennett, N., & Miles, S.A. (2010). “Business Decisions are Like Golf Decisions“. Forbes.com, March 24.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A. & Bennett, N. (2009). “How the SEC Just Changed Succession Planning, I. Forbes.com, November 17.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A. & Bennett, N. (2009). “How the SEC Just Changed Succession Planning, II“. Forbes.com, November 18.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A. & Bennett, N. (2009). “The Changing Employer-Employee Relationship“. Business Week online, March 31.NB white block horizontalMiles, S.A. & Bennett, N. (2009). “Is your CEO Recession-Capable? Business Week online, January 9.

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Videos

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On-Demand Broadcasts

 

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What VUCA Really Means for You

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Books

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Your Career Game

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We compete for jobs: the more desirable the job, the tougher the competition. Most people readily understand this. But, fewer people recognize that the pursuit of an open job can be framed as one “move” in a multifaceted game called “a career.” Individuals who see the career game for what it is- a fascinating, complex, nuanced, real-life, multiplayer maze that unfolds in real time-can develop into better players. Those who do have a better chance of successfully competing for the positions that will enable them to realize their goals.

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Riding Shotgun – The Role of the COO

Coming soon revised updated edition 2017!

 

The role of Chief Operations Officer is clearly important. In fact, it has been argued that the number two position is the toughest job in a company. COOs are typically the key individuals responsible for the delivery of results on a day-to-day, quarter-to-quarter basis. They play a critical leadership role in executing the strategies developed by the top management team. And, in many cases, they are being groomed to be—or are actually being tested as—the firm’s CEO-elect. Despite all this, the COO role has not received much attention.

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Order Classic Version of Riding Shotgun – The Role of the COO

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