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From Stamford to New York

 Ashish Nanda, Monet A. Brewerton, and Marvelle Sullivan   (Published: July 20. 2009)
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HLS 10-04
8 pages
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This is a US based version of the case HLS 09-39 From Brussels to Paris.

This case describes the frantic life of the division general counsel (DGC) of Energie Internationale. Sarah Peterson enjoyed rapid succession through the ranks of the company and was recently offered the DGC position, for which she and her husband had to move cities. The responsibilities that came with the position were many and great; during a single day, she coped with an unhappy subordinate, a difficult vendor negotiation, a high bill from an outside firm with which she already had a tenuous relationship, an angry and underserved client, and the demands of her personal life (which included buying a home). The group general counsel’s strategic vision, in which she should have been actively planning and participating, hung over head because she had failed to contribute anything so far. As she arrived at her corporate apartment after a long day, she wondered if she would live up to the many challenges her new position presented.

Learning Objectives

The case allows participants to reflect on the pressures and challenges confronting a professional and discusses how one may proactively and effectively address these challenges.

Subjects Covered

Leadership, Work/Life Balance, Professional Development, Professional Services


Geographic: United States

Industry: Energy, International Corporation

Event Year Begin: 2009

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