Robertson Lectures on Global Business Leadership

In recognition of UCLA Anderson's role in preparing the next generation of global leaders, the Robertson Lecture Series on Global Business Leadership provides additional opportunities for students to hear from global leaders for a discussion around critical issues that impact global business and the global political economy. Made possible by Chip Robertson (FEMBA '06) and his family, and managed by the Center for Global Management, the Robertson Lectures on Global Business Leadership serves to provide more opportunities for UCLA Anderson MBA students to acquire global leadership perspectives and insights on key and emerging regions of the world. The Robertson Family has dedicated these lectures to Leo M. Harvey (1887-1973), a pioneer industrialist and inventor, and founder of Harvey Aluminum, and great grandfather of Chip Robertson.

On May 15, 2014 a partnership with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council (LAWAC) provided the inaugural Robertson Lecture Series on Global Business Leadership with General Stanley McChrystal, former U.S. Commander in Afghanistan and Head of Joint Special Operations Command. Thirty UCLA Anderson veteran students from the Full-time, Fully Employed and Executive MBA programs heard General McChrystal address an audience of over 300 LAWAC members and guests over dinner at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for a discussion with Terry McCarthy, president and CEO of the LAWAC around "Lessons on Leadership.".McChrystal, who now runs a business consulting firm based in Alexandria, Va., talked about the lessons learned from his 34 years in the military, and how they can be applied to leadership in the civilian world. One of the biggest changes to leadership in warfare is the accelerated speed of decision making.  He compared modern warfare to playing "blitz chess" where each of the opponents' pieces is controlled by a different player, and they can make four or more moves at a time without waiting for you, coming from different directions.  "Suddenly you find yourself in this fast reactive mode and you just want the merry-go-round to stop."  But it doesn't, and so the military has decentralized decision-making so that troops on the ground can react more quickly, but at the same time has centralized the information flow, so everyone else in the battle space knows what is going on. View video >> Review transcript of the lecture >>