Bookmarking, sharing, and annotating web pages found during a productive web search is particularly troublesome for me, and I am sure this is true for many others, especially MBA students. Why? Because search technologies make it so easy to find large quantities of material that may prove useful to a project or search objective. In collaborative work environments, such as MBA programs, search is only one part of the workflow. Making notes and sharing findings is another critical aspect. With this need in mind, I am always looking for tools and techniques to help me manage what I find. One of the tools I discovered and frequently use is Diigo, a browser add-on tool and cloud-based information management service. Having used Diigo for more than two years, I can recommend this tool to MBA students and MBA faculty members. Click on the title to learn more about how Diigo can help MBA student live and work smarter.
I subscribe to several technology related blogs and newsletters. A ProfHacker blog article, “Backup Google Documents with Insync,” caught my attention and I thought I would share it with the MyeEMBA readers.
Building a Civilized MBA Program and Surviving One That Isn’t
Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton starts his New York Times bestseller book, The No Asshole Rule saying, “When I encounter a mean-spirited person, the first thing I think is: ‘Wow, what an asshole!’”
My version of his statement, “When I encounter a mean-spirited and obnoxious MBA student, the first thing I think is: Wow, what an asshole!” Most of the time I did not share this thought with anyone. However, during MBA class periods when a particularly obnoxious MBA student acted like a jerk, you could see by the expressions on faculty members’ and students’ faces there was a consensus that this student was indeed an MBA asshole.
MBA programs have their share of assholes. As hard as they try to filter them out, MBA program recruiters and admission committees do on occasion accept one or two assholes into a class. Furthermore, deans and department chairs will sometimes assign asshole faculty members to teach an MBA class. With this in mind, and staying with the title of Dr. Sutton’s book, I want to ask, “Does your MBA program have a no asshole rule?” If not, should your MBA program adopt a no asshole rule?
Click on the title to read more about developing a “no asshole” rule for MBA programs or classes.
SlideShare, voted one of the world’s top 10 tools for education and elearning is a resource that I highly recommend to MBA students, MBA program directors, and MBA faculty. SlideShare is both a gateway to presentations and a platform for sharing presentations. Given the number of presentations MBA students, faculty, and program directors make each week the benefits of using SlideShare are almost unlimited. Let me introduce SlideShare and outline a few of its uses to illustrate the benefits.
This article introduces MBA students to SlideShare, a gateway to presentations and a platform for sharing presentations. Click on the heading to read more.
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.
The globalization of the MBA creates new challenges for MBA students, MBA faculty, and MBA administrators. One challenge is managing time zone differences and getting all of the meeting participants to join a meeting at the appointed time. No matter how much global meeting experience participants have, they sometimes miss scheduled meetings because they miscalculate time zone settings when placing the meeting on their calendar. Less experienced MBA students, when they first start working with a global MBA team are especially prone to this miscalculation.
What are some ways you can minimize miscalculations? Click on the heading to learn more.