Lancefield on the Line

François Ortalo-Magné: Leading clever people

March 15, 2023 David Lancefield Season 4 Episode 5
Lancefield on the Line
François Ortalo-Magné: Leading clever people
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How do you lead a group of clever, brilliant people?

That’s a question I posed of Francois Ortalo-Magne, Dean and CEO of the London Business School. 

We delve into his world as the leader of the one of the world’s most prestigious business schools. 

We talk about:

  • Harnessing the collective intelligence of his faculty and students for the greater good – making connections and creating the conditions for curious wandering.
  • The opportunities and challenges from being an outsider CEO.
  • The role and impact of a business school.
  • His toughest decisions e.g. during the pandemic.
  • What he would disrupt in business education, and where he would start.

You’ll hear about analogies stretching farming to football too!

About François:

François Ortalo-Magné is the ninth Dean of London Business School. As Chief Executive Officer of the School, he is implementing a plan to fulfil a vision of LBS as an engaged community walking the learning journey together.

With a faculty recognised for its world-class academic research and a School community rich in diversity, LBS advances careers, transforms organisations and shapes policy. Its London and Dubai campuses are at the hub of a prestigious global network inspired by their own stories of life-changing impact.

Prior to his appointment, Ortalo-Magné was the Albert O. Nicholas Dean and Robert E. Wangard Professor of Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. He grew up in France in the Pyrénées and on the family farm in the Lot Valley


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Leading clever people
Elevating performance
Outsider CEO
The role of LBS
Defining success
Disrupting business education
Radical hat
Toughest decision
His impact
His practices and habits