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.

MBA Students – Learn to Appreciate Your Many Accomplishments

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.

Read the rest of the article to learn how to re-balance one’s perspective.

MBA Lurking

Most of us are aware of the concept of online lurking – people reading messages sent to an online forum or discussion group without contributing, but what do you know about MBA lurking?

What is MBA Lurking?

MBA lurking is what a subset of MBA students do while enrolled in an MBA program. MBA student lurkers are the nonparticipants. They rarely take part in class, team, or online discussions and they seldom provide meaningful feedback when ask to do so. They fill a seat and use program resources while contributing little, if anything, to the learning of others.

Independent Learner Skills May be Critical to an MBA’s Success

While reading Kio Stark’s book, Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything, I discovered that I am an independent learner. I also realized that for most of my early life, I was a dependent learner, as I progressed through the formal education system – K-12, BBA degree, MBA, D.B.A., and various certification programs. The transition or evolution from dependent learner to independent learner was not obvious to me, yet it happened. In retrospect, had the changeover occurred sooner, advancement along my chosen career path might have been faster. For this reason, I believe that the sooner MBAs become independent learners, the faster they will advance along their chosen career path. Moreover, I believe an MBA program is the perfect place to start developing independent learning skills.

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.

MBAs – Will the Next Year Be Your Best Year Yet?

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.

Three Year Anniversary Report to Readers | MyeEMBA

The first MyeEMBA article appeared on May 14, 2010. The article, “Accepted Into An MBA Program – Now What?” has had 190 views in three years, while the most recent article, “MBA Students and Financial Literacy” has had 276 views in 14 days. Of particular interest is that 21.8% of the visitors are returning visitors. As the following Table indicates, visitors and page views are increasing.