Category: Tools & Resources for MBAs

MBAs – Manage Your Internet Identity or the Search Engines Will

Your Internet identity – what others see when they “search the net” using your name – is a function of what the search engine can find that relates to your name and also importantly how the results of that search are then displayed. This means that results from such a search will often display items that relate to individuals with names similar or the same as yours or information that is no longer relevant, either socially or professionally. As a result, the search engine is managing your Internet identity, and it will continue to do so unless you become actively engaged in its management. Internet identity management is not complex; however, it does require some time and effort to regularly execute a few action steps that are tailored to meet your individual needs. This article identifies some action steps.

MBAs – Do You Know How to Study and Learn Effectively?

Most of us, MBAs included, never developed good study and learning skills during our primary, secondary or undergraduate education. Moreover, we tend to associate these skills with the formal education process and not often enough with career success. However, discovering how to study and learn can be of benefit, both academically and professionally. Fortunately, it is never too late to learn the techniques and methods that can help us improve how we study and learn which, in turn, can help improve our overall wellbeing and career success. The following is a brief discussion of the role effective studying and learning skills can play in an MBA’s life.

MBA Student Perks – Do You Know What They Are?

MBA students typically have a gap between the time they earn their undergraduate degrees and when they start their MBA programs. When the gap is years, MBA students often forget there are benefits available to them because they are students again. Sometimes, these benefits are unique to a program, college or university, while other advantages are available to any MBA student – no matter what his or her program affiliation. Accordingly, the following may serve as a useful reminder to current MBA students – or anyone contemplating enrolling in an MBA program – of the benefits that are available to them while they are MBA students.

MBAs – Improve Your Writing Skills by Hiring an Editor

If you want to be a business leader, then brush up on your writing skills, says Paul Danos in a recent interview for a Forbes.com article. Danos, Dean of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the longest-serving dean at a top U.S. business school, explains his belief as follows:

1. In the age of new media, people don’t take the time to structure their thoughts into paragraphs and sentences for good communication.
2. In business, people really stand out if they are articulate, if they can actually write sentences and can get them presented properly.

The message for the aspiring MBA business leader – brushing up on your writing skills – can make a real difference in how others perceive your work. The good news is there are ways to improve one’s writing. In a previous MyeEMBA article, I described how to use technology to unlearn bad writing behavior. In this article, I want to describe another approach: hire an editor to help improve your written work.

Khan Academy – A Resource for MBA Students, Alumni and Faculty

Khan Academy, a provider of free, online-education services, is very valuable for MBA students wanting to enhance their perquisite or business-foundation skills, MBA students and alumni who want to supplement or refresh their MBA knowledge base, or MBA faculty wanting to supplement existing courses. A sampling of course categories offered to Khan Academy subscribers (students) include Algebra, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Finance and Capital Markets, and Entrepreneurship. All lessons are self-paced and generally take ten minutes or less to complete. In the following sections, I explain why I think Khan Academy is a great resource for MBA students, alumni and faculty members.

MBAs – Have You Chosen Your Google Reader Replacement?

In March of this year, Google announced that on July 1, 2013 they would retire Google Reader. Since retirement day has passed, I thought I would remind the MyeEMBA followers of two things, as well as to suggest Feedly as a replacement reader for those who have not selected one already.

My reminders:

1) After July 1, Google Reader will no longer be available for users to access updated content and saved articles.
2) You can save Google Reader content and subscriptions by selecting a replacement reader that allows for importing content and subscription information or by exporting Google Reader data into an OPML file, which allows access later on.

My solution for the Google Reader retirement was to choose Feedly, a reader that imported my Google Reader content and subscriptions. The result is uninterrupted access to my content and subscriptions and I did not need to create an OPML data file for later access.

My decision did not come easily, as I reviewed and experimented with almost a dozen readers, all identified in Hrishi Mittal’s list of 68 Google Reader alternatives. With these experiences in mind, let me share some of my observations and thoughts.