Category Archives: Awards & Recognition

Becoming the Best Earns 800-CEO-READ’s #1 Bestseller Spot

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Becoming the Best
 had a great year! Harry’s second book was 800-CEO-READ’s #1 bestseller for 2015. 800-CEO-READ compiles a bestseller list each month to recognize the books they ship out to businesspeople, business schools, and entrepreneurs to help spread ideas, solve problems, promote change, and inspire leadership. Based on the numbers for the entire year, giving weight to both total sales numbers and how long each book stayed on the list (and at what number), Becoming the Best came in #1 for 2015.  Harry’s first book, From Values to Action, also made the list, coming in at #10!  Full announcement can be found here.

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Becoming the Best Earns 800-CEO-READ’s #2 Bestseller Spot

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Becoming the Best
 climbed the bestsellers’ ranks at 800-CEO-READ to reach the #2 spot in September 2015! 800-CEO-READ compiles a bestseller list each month to recognize the books they ship out to businesspeople, business schools, and entrepreneurs to help spread ideas, solve problems, promote change, and inspire leadership. Thank you to all our supporters!

Harry Selected for “Best Faculty Award” by the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program

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by John Cremer
It is no small feat to be chosen as winner of the best faculty award the first time you teach for the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme, but that is exactly what Harry Kraemer has managed to achieve.

Of course, with 10-plus years’ experience as clinical professor of strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, he wasn’t exactly a rookie. But, even so, it takes something special to win such recognition from a class of hard-nosed executives in senior positions in various industries and against the “competition” of fellow professors who are all experts in their respective fields.

“In short, I teach the same way I used to manage,” says Kraemer, who spent 25 years with healthcare multinational Baxter International, rising through the ranks to become chairman and CEO before stepping down in 2005. “I tell students I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a lot of opinions, and I expect them to jump in and make suggestions or ask anything. It is never a one-way monologue.”

His course on “leading a global company” was one of the last in the programme, acting as something of a capstone. The basic goal was to explain what it entails to be a chief executive with responsibilities that span departments, disciplines and regions and which make one ultimately answerable to every kind of stakeholder. The parallel aim was to show how to do it, bearing in mind that the ambition of many in the class is to land a C-level role with a major organisation.

To this end, Kraemer could draw not just on his Baxter experience, but also his subsequent roles as an executive partner in a private equity firm in Chicago and a director of numerous businesses in which they invested.

“Overall, my approach was to get students to realise it is not that complicated, which may have surprised them,” he says. “There are some broad skill sets, but I started by asking them about their core values, their main purpose, and what really matters. My view is that you need to be self-reflective and insightful enough to ‘lead yourself’ before you can expect to lead other people well. I then had a series of seven or eight key topics or messages to cover in every class and would bring them in depending on how the discussion evolved.”

Kramer admits to feeling “a little emotional” when he heard about the award. He will be back in Hong Kong to attend this year’s graduation ceremony – and to teach again next year.

In offering a few words of advice for the graduating class, he commends their achievements, but also stresses that they must expect to wrestle with an ever-shifting array of challenges.

“They will need to be unbelievably prepared to manage change and uncertainty in everything from financial and foreign exchange markets to innovation, the future supply of water and energy, and even dealing with different generations in the workplace,” he says. “Global business leaders will have to deal with all this and more.”

From Values to Action Earns 800-CEO-READ’s #1 Bestseller Spot

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From Values to Action
 had a great year. Harry’s book was 800-CEO-READ’s #1 bestseller for 2013. 800-CEO-READ compiles a bestseller list each month to recognize the books they ship out to businesspeople, business schools, and entrepreneurs to help spread ideas, solve problems, promote change, and inspire leadership. Based on the numbers for the entire year, giving weight to both total sales numbers and how long each book stayed on the list (and at what number), From Values to Action came in #1 for 2013.

2013 Farmers’ Humanitarian Award

oneacrefundGalaThe 7th Annual One Acre Fund Gala honored Harry Kraemer as the 2013 Farmers’ Humanitarian Award recipient. The annual gala gathers Chicago’s community of philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, executives, and members of the Kellogg/Northwestern community for an evening of music, dinner and presentations that celebrate both One Acre Fund’s work and the many people that support it. This year’s event was held at the Chicago Cultural Center and was expected to be attended by 300 people. One Acre Fund is an award-winning non-profit providing a ‘market bundle’ that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access to over 137,000 farmers and their families in East Africa. One Acre Fund uses investments, not handouts, to generate permanent gains in farm income, helping Africa’s hardest working farm families achieve their full potential. One Acre Fund’s programs, which impact over 820,000 people across Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, have won accolades and press from the Financial Times, Forbes magazine, and PBS Newshour, as well as funding from USAID. In January 2013, the organization was listed #18 on the Global Journal’s annual list of the world’s Top 100 NGOs. Harry Kraemer, the event honoree is a noted executive, author, and committed supporter of One Acre Fund’s mission.

Read full article here.

Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp Outstanding Service Award

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Lawrence University announced that Harry Jansen Kraemer, Wilmette, Ill., will be presented the Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp Outstanding Service Award. This award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of Lawrence University or Milwaukee-Downer College after his or her 15th cluster reunion, who has provided outstanding service to Lawrence University. This award honors Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D’18, voted Milwaukee-Downer alumna of the year in 1964 for her long-standing service to the college, which included serving as president of the Alumnae Association Board, class secretary, and public relations officer.

A 1977 Lawrence graduate, Kraemer spent 12 years on the Board of Trustees (1999-2011), including three years as board chair. While on the board, he served as co-chair of the More Light! campaign, the most successful fund-raising effort in the college’s history, and has shared his talents with numerous other university committees. He has participated in the Lawrence Scholars in Business Program, been a Career Conference panelist and was the featured speaker for the college’s 2011 matriculation convocation.