The purposeful action of enrolling in an MBA program can lead to unintended consequences or outcomes. Unintended or not, these outcomes can be a mixed bag – some positive, some negative, and some can even be perverse. Awareness on the part of MBA students can help mitigate the negative or perverse or leverage the positive. My purpose with this article is to increase MBA student awareness so they can better prepare for any unintended consequences of their enrollment in an MBA program.
The roles we play and our dedication to each should reflect what matters to us as individuals. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. More often than not, we find we are playing roles we did not select for ourselves or over time our roles and what matters to us changes. Perhaps of greater significance is that many of us incrementally add roles without taking into consideration the competing demands of our existing commitments. It is so easy to say yes to innocuous request such as serving on the church’s budget committee or mentoring a new hire. No matter the cause, the result is the same, a life where we subjugate roles that matter to those that matter less. MBA students often find themselves in this situation while concurrently pursuing their MBA degree, managing their career, and being supportive of their family. Proactively managing the roles one plays can help avoid this situation. Doing so starts by knowing what roles you are currently playing in your life.
Managers manage, leaders lead and problem solvers problem solve. In an organizational context, much of the work managers, leaders and problem solvers do relates to reacting to or preventing a failure of some kind. Couple this situation with the daily bombarding of bad news from multiple sources – newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet; and before long, we find ourselves focusing only on failures – the organizations’, co-workers’, family members’ and our own. Moreover, I believe that such focuses make us quick to criticize others, as well as ourselves. Self-criticism that focuses only on failures leads to an imbalance in the perception we have of ourselves, one that is more negative than positive. MBA students are not exempt from this imbalance and one way of balancing this perception is for them to develop a greater appreciation for their accomplishments.
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This month, I want to introduce you to a program that I recently learned about, The Best Year Yet (BYY). The BYY program is an extremely simple model or system that helps you set personal goals, tracks your progress toward achieving those goals and helps you produce the results you want. While many goal-setting programs in the marketplace purport to do these things, for various reasons many do not. Although, I am a new adopter of the BYY program, I can already see how it can benefit MBA students and MBA alumni. Let me explain by introducing you to BYY, discussing why I think MBAs will benefit from its use and what I like about BYY. Click on the title to view the complete article.
Two of my recent articles, “MBA Students Do You See Yourself as Your MBA Peers See You” and “MBA Program No Asshole Rule” addressed MBA student behavior while enrolled in an MBA program. A behavior related area that appears to be gaining interest is online business etiquette, a topic that is certainly something MBA students need to keep in mind as they use multiple forms of social media to advance their careers and interact with their MBA classmates, faculty, staff, and other professionals. One online misstep can have an adverse impact on one’s career advancement. Click on the title to read the complete article.
Many MBA students find themselves in a “catch up” mode on day one of their MBA program because they lack the technology skills and applications’ proficiency to do the work expected of them. My experience suggests that when MBA students start their program in a catch up mode, they continue in a catch up mode throughout their entire MBA program. Moreover, when MBA students find themselves in this situation, they usually experience work life balance issues, class performance issues, and MBA peer perception issues.
While MBA program faculty members and administrators recognize that matriculating MBA students may lack basic technology skills, they typically view this type of training as a student responsibility and not the MBA program. Although this view is understandable, it does not help MBA students improve their understanding and use of applications, especially those that support collaboration.
One obvious solution is for the individual student to attend a training program that helps develop the needed skills. Fortunately, there are on-line just-in-time options that are available for the busy MBA student. More importantly, some of these options are low cost and include tutorials that focus on a single application function while taking only a few minutes to complete. While several online options are available, the one with which I am most familiar is Lynda.com. I view Lynda.com tutorials on a regular basis either to refresh existing knowledge or to develop new skills.
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