Kristoffer Strauss
 
► MBA, Class of 2011
 

 
Education
BA in Political Science, Yale

Awards
• Drucker Fellow
Professional Areas of Interest
• Member of the DSCA, looking forward to working on a Case Study competition


Career Background
• Hickling & Associates, a consulting firm with a specialization in facilities management
• Auerbach Grayson at a local stockbroking company in Mauritius
• Editorial intern during the Olympic Games – NBC UNiversal


 

The fact that Drucker is so thorough in preparing students for interpersonal cooperation is incredibly important for me.
Career goals
After graduation I intend to work in the film industry. My goal is to ultimately be an executive at a studio or production company. In addition, I would like to find a production company with an aim to support documentary filmmakers who are focused on exposing toxic leadership in politics and business around the world.

Why did you decide to come to Drucker? 
Drucker is a one-of-a-kind business program due to its decision to focus on ethical leadership. I was intrigued by this quality and, in light of the current economic climate, I don't think you will find a program with a more relevant and topical focus anywhere else in the country. The choice was pretty obvious.

Experience in the classroom
Drucker places a strong emphasis on group work. From the first day of orientation, I have been heavily involved in group work in each of my classes. This is something I missed out on during my undergraduate education, and I am glad that Drucker values it so much. Each of the students here has insights and abilities which are vital for individual and team success, much like in the business world. The fact that Drucker is so thorough in preparing students for this interpersonal cooperation is incredibly important for me. I also appreciate the fact that professors choose to focus on teaching information that is relevant to all classes. I find that I am constantly referencing readings from one class in another class. To me this is indicative of two things: a strong attention to the relevancy of the course material, and an adherence to school's focus on ethical leadership. I couldn't be happier with my courses here so far.

How Drucker prepares me for real-life success
Someone once told me that there are two types of people in the world - leaders and followers, and that you could find yourself in either position on any given day. If you want to be successful, you need to learn what role you occupy on a project and do everything you can to be successful in that role. Effective leadership is concerned with drawing the best out of the people working for you, and it might involve leading them, or conversely allowing them to take the lead if their expertise benefits the group. I believe that Drucker has real world applicability because it constantly underscores this fact in life. Drucker focuses on teaching you to do what is in the best interest of the people who work for and support the company, and I believe that this is especially relevant in the world today.

Places you like visiting while in Claremont?
Mt. Baldy, the Village, The Back Abbey, the movie theater, the Rains Center, Jax Bicycle Center.

Peter Drucker asked, What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as an individual who expected the best and helped people to work beyond their normal boundaries. I want to be remembered for making work into a mission to be accomplished instead of a job to be completed.

Drucker also asked, Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different?
I am going to stop planning and start doing. Anybody can talk about doing something. The people I want to be around are the ones who put themselves at risk and try to do something new and different.

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement. 
I believe that if I work hard at Drucker I will walk away with two things necessary to a successful career in the modern world. First, I will gain the business acumen necessary to compete with the best MBAs from around the country. Second, and perhaps more important, I will also gain a solid foundation in ethical responsibility which will instruct me to take the road less traveled and work to improve the quality of the organization I work for.

 
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