Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2007 (Revised July 2007)

Leslie Brinkman at Versutia Capital

by Julie Battilana and Robert Steven Kaplan


Leslie Brinkman is the founder and CEO of a hedge fund, Genuity Capital. Leslie spent late 2002 and early 2003 assembling her team and launched the fund in early 2003. While the firm performed well during 2003 and 2004 (both in terms of returns and new assets), in 2005 the results began to suffer. Describes the process of designing the firm, the resulting team dynamics, the strains on the staff and the impact of Leslie's management style on the performance of her team. In the spring of 2005, Leslie must decide whether to re-design the firm and/or change her management style in order to address the performance issues that Genuity is facing.

Keywords: Management Style; Organizational Design; Performance Improvement; Groups and Teams;


Battilana, Julie, and Robert Steven Kaplan. "Leslie Brinkman at Versutia Capital." Harvard Business School Case 407-089, June 2007. (Revised July 2007.)