Category: Enrolled! Now What?

MBA Students Do You See Yourself as Your MBA Peers See You

Recently, I suggested that MBA programs might want to develop a “no asshole rule.” In response, one Associate Dean at a major university created a blog post asking his readers if their MBA programs needed a “no asshole rule.” While there may be a need for such a rule, not all MBA programs will establish one. Without a “no asshole rule,” the burden of managing behavior shifts to individual MBA students and a good starting point is one’s own behavior. The key is to make sure others do not perceive you as an MBA asshole.

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On Demand Technology Training for MBA Students and Others

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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Another Online Tool to Help MBA Students Live & Work Smarter

Helping MBA students live and work smarter while earning their MBA degree is the goal of MyeEMBA. The online tool referenced in the title is OpenTable, a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners. I use this tool on a regular basis to make restaurant reservations. Recently, during a visit to Honolulu, I used OpenTable to make dinner reservations at four restaurants. I selected all four based on the ratings and feedback found in OpenTable. I was not disappointed as all provided exceptional dining experiences. OpenTable is an extremely valuable tool that helps me live and work smarter. Perhaps this free online tool can help MBA students, MBA faculty members, MBA program administrators, and others to live and work smarter as well.

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Tools to Help MBAs Unlearn Bad Writing Behavior

“MBA students often have to unlearn bad behavior, such as using complicated words over simple ones,” says Carter Daniel in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Carter is the business communication programs director at Rutgers Business School. The article, “Students Struggle for Words,” points out that business schools, in response to employer complaints are emphasizing writing skills more. MBA program approaches for improving their students’ writing skills vary from hiring writing coaches to adding communications courses to the curriculum. There was no mention of technology as either a solution or supplemental approach to helping MBA students improve their writing skills.

This article illustrates how technology can help MBA students improve their writing skills. Click on the heading to read more.

MBAs – Easily Share Your Flip Chart Content

MBAs, how often do you attend a team meeting and at its conclusion the wall is covered with flip chart pages? Then, how often do you see one of your MBA team members roll them up to take them home for conversion to a shareable format? My experience working with MBA student teams and MBA faculty teams is meetings end this way too often.

Now, look around your office, how many rolls of used flip chart paper do you see? When I visit the offices of people that work in groups or teams I often find their offices cluttered with the remnants of their meetings.

Today my office is spared from this clutter because of a very simple solution. Click on the heading to read more about my simple solution.

MBAs Enhance Your Wellbeing by Sharing Your Homework Time

Managing work-life balance, social wellbeing, and family activities while earning an MBA is challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced electronic world. For MBA students finding time to do that which is important is difficult. One option MBA students may want to consider is sharing homework time.

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