While preparing for an upcoming international trip, it occurred to me that after 30 years of international travel I follow a mental checklist. I thought it would be helpful for MBA students, especially for those preparing for their MBA International Study Trip, if I shared my mental checklist. For most international trips, I do the following 12 things immediately after I purchase my airline ticket(s):
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.
Can MBA students learn to be creative during their MBA program? More importantly, if they do learn to be creative during this time, will they be creative throughout their careers? On the other hand, is creativity something that MBA students can cultivate through rigorous training during their graduate programs and continue developing by deliberately practicing certain core abilities and skills over an extended period? The simple answer is yes. However, research suggests that increasing one’s creativity requires rigorous training and practice. If this is the case, then many, if not most MBA students, will find the answer is no because their MBA program’s design seldom provides the appropriate course content and practice time necessary for developing lifelong creativity.
MBA students often overlook their MBA classmates as potential resources for helping them develop professionally. Peer-to-peer activities such as coaching and mentoring may be an option for some MBA students while they are earning their MBA degree. Click on the title to learn more.
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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A recent Wall Street Journal article by Stu Woo, What Makes an Online Password Stronger reminded me of two articles I wrote for MyeEMBA , “How Many New Passwords Did it Take You to Start Your MBA?” and “LastPass –…