November 12, 01

Vol. 17 , No. 05   

The Five Temptations of a Leader

Since Claremont McKenna's slogan is "Leaders in the Making," it is not surprising that its graduates become presidents and CEOs of companies after graduation. Patrick Lencioni is one such leader. He is the founder and president of The Table Group management consulting firm. He returns to campus to speak about the subject in his best-selling business fiction, The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable (1998).

Lencioni has been speaking, consulting, and writing about topics related to leadership, change, and corporate culture since founding his company in 1997. While coaching and consulting to CEOs and other executives, he observed fundamental behavioral patterns among his clients, which later formed the basis of his leadership theories.

In addition to The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable, Lencioni recently published his second book, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (2000). Furthermore, he has a third book forthcoming-spring of 2002-on how to build teamwork and eliminate organizational politics. In addition to his writing and consulting, Lencioni is a frequent public speaker. He has delivered keynote addresses to audiences that include Novell, Arthur Andersen, Chase Capital, Elan Pharmaceuticals, TEC Worldwide, Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Avnet, Inc., Lucas Digital, and Young Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Prior to establishing The Table Group, Lencioni worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was Vice President of Organizational Development. He is on numerous advisory boards, and sits on the National Board of Directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Lencioni's Athenaeum appearance is sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute as a precursor to the Kravis-deRoulet Conference in February. The topic this year is "Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations." While Patrick Lencioni is not primarily in the nonprofit arena, some of his remarks will include transferability of organizational leadership strategies and capabilities from the for-profit to the nonprofit sectors.

Please join us for this interesting Athenaeum lecture by one of CMC's distinguished alumni.

International Research Roundtable
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2001 12:15 p.m.

In conjunction with International Week events being held across the country, the Athenaeum is hosting a luncheon featuring several CMC faculty members who will share their experiences and perspectives on working and conducting research outside the United States. Students in particular are warmly invited to attend the luncheon, listen to professors' comments on research abroad, and engage in a discussion of international research issues. The faculty members speaking at the luncheon will be Dean William Ascher, Dean of the Faculty and professor of government; Professor Asuman Aksoy of mathematics; Professor Edward Haley of government; Professor Manfred Keil of economics; Professor Arthur Rosenbaum of history; Professor Marc Massoud of accounting; and Professor Roderic Camp of government. Please join us for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion of value to students and faculty across disciplines.

Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m.

The panel discussion will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Understanding Juries

Juries have been praised for their wisdom and ridiculed for their stupidity. Because we entrust juries with some of our most difficult and important decisions, juries are magnets for controversy. It is only in the past forty years that social scientists have subjected the jury to systematic study.

Shari Seidman Diamond-professor of law and psychology at Northwestern University Law School and senior research fellow at the American Bar Association-is one of the world's leading jury researchers. She has served as president of the American Psychology-Law Society and editor of Law and Society Review. Diamond has also served as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Center for State Courts, and the annual Judging Science Program for judges at Duke University. She is currently completing a book on juries, Understanding Juries, with political scientist Jonathan Casper and is in the midst of an unprecedented study of actual jury deliberations in civil cases with psychologist Neil Vidmar.

During her Athenaeum talk, Professor Diamond will reveal what researchers have learned about jury decision-making: the tensions between rationality and bias, the role of expertise, the value of group decision-making, and the strengths and weaknesses of the American jury system.

Shari Diamond's talk is part of the continuing Athenaeum series in Psychology and Law.

Europe Invents the Rich East: The Late Medieval Romancer's Contribution

Too often, the study of literature in American colleges and universities is divided into three separate categories: British, American, and "other." To gain a richer understanding of the field of literature, however, and to appreciate our most immediate literary heritage from a global perspective, one must study the literatures of the world. The field of comparative literature, therefore, is an ever expanding discipline and more essential than ever before in the liberal arts curriculum. The literature (as opposed to "English") department at Claremont McKenna recognizes the centrality of this rich and necessary discipline for the education of future world leaders.

Professor Michael Murrin, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in the Humanities and a Professor of comparative literature, English, and divinity at the University of Chicago, understands the value of comparative studies across the disciples of literature, history, philosophy and religion, and art. Murrin's current project, "Romance and Asian Trade in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe," is a study of the growth of middle class culture and its interest in the literary genre of aristocratic heroic narrative. This work also examines the simultaneous development of trade across Asia and its effect on Epic and Romance literature. Exploring the Medieval and Early Modern imagination and attitudes toward Asia, his study also demonstrates how these early cultural accomplishments still affect Western understandings of the region today.

Murrin's research has taken him all over the globe. For his current project he has made recent journeys to Tibet, India, and Nepal. Previous research-related travels have taken him all over western Europe. He has just finished a semester teaching University of Chicago students in London. In addition, his alumni tours are famous both in and outside of the University of Chicago community. Some examples of these tours include a reenactment of Odysseus' voyage to Ithaca; a tour of Normandy, France, highlighting the architecture of the medieval Normans and the Normandy invasions in World War II; and a retracing of the early medieval Viking travels in Scandinavia and the British Isles. Murrin has supplemented his international travels and comparative research by learning, speaking, and working in a myriad of languages, including ancient Greek and Latin, Persian, Old and modern French, Medieval and modern German, Provencal (or Old Occitan), Italian, Old English and Old Norse.

Murrin is the author of three books: History and Warfare in Renaissance Epic (1994), The Allegorical Epic (1980), and The Veil of Allegory (1969). For his many achievements as a scholar and teacher, Murrin has received awards from the Howard K. Wilett Foundation, the University of Chicago Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and major research fellowships from the Melton and Guggenheim Foundations.

Murrin received his A.B. from the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota and went on to earn his A.M. and Ph.D. at Yale University.

Please join us at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum for what promises to be an interesting evening of comparative literature and art slides with Professor Michael Murrin.

Where Do We Go From Here?

As the United States embarks on its sweeping war against international terrorism, finds new allies and cements relationships with old ones in the wake of the September 11 tragedy, it becomes both timely and important to assess the future direction of U.S. foreign policy.

In his Athenaeum address, Dr. Anthony Lake will analyze how the war is conducted and the implications and effects it may have on the way the U.S. will approach the world in the future. He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Chairman of INTELLIBRIDGE, an information services company. He served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 1993-1997, under the Clinton Administration, and was Five College Professor of International Relations at Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges from 1981-1992.

Lake received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, read international economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and received his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 1962, he joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer with assignments in Vietnam and as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969-70). He returned to the State Department in 1977 to serve as Director of Policy Planning for President Carter until 1981.

In addition to having written several books, including 6 Nightmares (2000), Somoza Falling (1989), Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy (coauthored) (1984) and The "Tar Baby" Option: American Foreign Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia (1976), he edited After the Wars (1990). He also served as contributing editor of Legacy of Vietnam: The War, American Society, and the Future of U.S. Foreign Polity (1976).

Dr. Lake's lecture is sponsored by The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

The Politics of Medicare

How did our Medicare program originate-when no other nation had a public health insurance program for the elderly? What changes and continuities have marked the program since its introduction in 1967? Theodore Marmor, Yale professor and author of The Politics of Medicare (1972), will explore these issues leading up to the current struggles over prescription drugs, managed care, and patient rights.

Marmor is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Yale School of Management, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation postdoctoral program in Health Policy. His research interests lie in the politics of the contemporary welfare state in the US and in other OECD nations. A prolific author, Marmor has published eleven books, more than one hundred articles, and frequent op-ed articles in newspapers like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Marmor began his public career as a special assistant to Wilbur Cohen, Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (the precursor to today's Department of Health and Human Services). His foray into academia was marked by positions at Minnesota's School of Public Affairs (as Associate Dean), at the University of Chicago, and at Yale, where he headed the Center for Health Services before taking on his current positions. At the same time, Marmor has been very much involved in politics himself. He served on President Carter's Commission, was a senior social policy advisor to Walter Mondale's presidential campaign, and frequently testifies before Congress on medical reform and welfare issues. Marmor is an emeritus fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Marmor takes health care quite personally: he plays squash daily (having won the 1998 national championship for those over 55 years), pursues fly fishing, and fervently believes in having a glass of wine a day-preferably if its from among his own vast collection.

Professor Marmor's lecture at the Athenaeum is the last in the series Health Care: New Realities.


The Athenaeum serves as a gathering place where ideas, inquiry, and fellowship bring students, faculty, staff, other scholars, and nationally prominent speakers together. Attendance at any event may be limited to persons associated with CMC, to people who signed up for the dinner, or to the maximum number of people allowed by fire regulations. On some occasions the speaker may address the group in another forum or the College may set up a video feed to handle an overflow crowd. All programs at the Athenaeum are filmed. Individuals attending should understand that their image might appear on the videotape. House rules and common courtesy prohibit disruptive actions inside the building during an Athenaeum-sponsored program. Time allowing, there will be a period set aside for questions. Students will have priority during this portion of the program. The Athenaeum has a dress code for dinner. Business attire is preferred-no shorts, jeans, or t-shirts.

Spring Semester Highlights

Diane Halpern, professor of psychology, CMC, and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children

Ann Crittendon, author of The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued (2001)

Barbara Schneider, professor of sociology, University of Chicago, co-chair of the Chicago Center on Working Families

William Tuttle, professor of history, University of Kansas, author of Daddy's Gone to War (1993)

Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology and neurology, Stanford University, author of A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons (2001)

Laurie Garrett, journalist, author of The Coming Plague (1994) and The Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health (2000)

Robert Hare, professor of psychology, University of British Columbia, "Psychopaths and Their Nature: Some Clues From Cognitive Neuroscience"

David Sedaris, humorist, author of Naked (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000)

Stuart Eizenstat, former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, and chief negotiator of the reparations agreement signed by Germans, Austrians, and French for reparations to slave enforced laborers

Leszek Kolakowski, philosopher and historian of philosophy, Universities of Chicago and Oxford, Podlich Distinguished Visitor