Latest Op Ed: Style Always Adds to a Winning Hand


Latest Op Ed: Style Always Adds to a Winning Hand

Many thanks to for publishing my latest Op Ed on Business Success Over Time: Balancing Style and Substance in business. The original post is here and an abstract follows below.


Points get awarded for building a rapport in business. And true business success is achieved over time, not from a deft 15-minute PowerPoint or promising initial meeting.

For more than 20 years, I’ve mentored entrepreneurs from all walks of life trying to bring their ideas to market, and during this time I have also run my own company. Substancealways proves the winning hand.

One of my MBA teams recently learned the hard way during the finals of a worldwide competition, however, that style points matter, too. The competition played host to business schools from across the globe, separately assuming the role of financiers backing entrepreneurs. Our five-person team was selected from across a 15-person field in the fall semester via a local contest, and then they successfully competed against six other b-schools at the regional level. Last weekend, the team battled against other 12 regional winners at the worldwide finals. Within each competition are three timed stages, which successively knock out players.


About Author

Greg Stoller is actively involved in building entrepreneurship and international business programs at Boston University in the Questrom School of Business. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship, global strategy and management and runs the Asian International Management Experience Program, and the Asian International Consulting Project.

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