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    • How to improve your academic preparation for the MBA

      With the start of the new academic year less than a month away, I thought this blog post from mba.com was very timely.  Incoming MBA students often ask our admissions and student life team about how they can prepare for the MBA classroom experience. There’s no one “right way” to prepare for MBA classes, but becoming [...]

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    • Alternatives to the traditional MBA degree

      Having worked with MBA programs for almost a decade, I have seen time and again how useful an MBA education can be for students with various educational backgrounds, professional experiences, and career goals.  However, an MBA isn’t necessarily the right graduate degree for everyone.  I’ve met with many prospective students over the years who would be [...]

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    • Want to expand your marketing network? Join us for the Alphabet Bash!

      AMA, IABC, MDMA, MIMA?  If you’re not familiar with these acronyms, don’t worry–you can learn all about them at the 2010 Alphabet Bash.  Members of Minnesota’s top professional organizations in the areas of marketing, advertising, and communication will gather this Thursday, August 12, for an evening of networking in downtown Minneapolis.  The Alphabet Bash is [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Jump on the Bandwagon

      It seems fitting that politicians would adopt a technique and its related jargon that was initially used by circus performers. I’ve often felt like I was at a circus when watching a political debate. But I digress from my phrase of the week, “jump on the bandwagon!” Renowned showman Phineas T. Barnum wrote an autobiography, [...]

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    • UST Students Headed to Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition

      On September 23, 2010, the winners of the spring CEBC Ethics Case Competition will represent the University of St. Thomas as one of five teams invited to compete in the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) at the upcoming 2010 ECOA Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference (AECC) September 22-24 in Anaheim, California. The Second Annual [...]

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    • Trying to get a lot done? Take a break.

      The way most of us work isn’t working. Study after study has shown that companies are experiencing a crisis in employee engagement. A 2007 Towers Perrin survey of nearly 90,000 employees worldwide, for instance, found that only 21% felt fully engaged at work and nearly 40% were disenchanted or disengaged. Tony Schwartz, president and CEO [...]

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    • Heading for the top: considering CEO pay

      It used to be that CEOs made something like 40 times their average worker’s salary, in recent years that has jumped to three or four hundred times the average worker’s salary. Many aspiring MBAs are really aspiring CEOs. Who wouldn’t say they want a shot at that top spot and the big compensation packages that [...]

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    • Finding balance between social media and "real life"

      Recently, I happened upon one of my favorite blogs only to read an entry that dealt with the importance of boundaries when it comes to being “plugged in.”  In an age where social media reigns and networking is continuous, it got me thinking about boundaries and to a greater extent how much balance people have [...]

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    • Buca Brings together students and families—“Family Style!”

      Last Wednesday, the Full-time UST MBA program hosted our Admitted Student Dinner at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant.  Incoming students, their spouses, and family members were invited to attend.  The “family-style” setting was the perfect atmosphere for our incoming students and their families to pass plates, bump elbows and to get to know each other over [...]

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    • Coupon clippers…a community engaged with the brand

      Coupon and discount promotions have long been a staple of marketing strategy and as such deployed by communication professionals.  We know that redemption rates are low, but for purveyors of toothpaste, breakfast cereal or any item at a big box retailer, the redemption rate can generally be predicted based on decades of data.  We also [...]

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    • Ten years of MBA grads show the power of their degree

      In the spring of 2010, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) conducted its semi-annual survey of graduate business school alumni—the Alumni Perspectives Survey. They produced show some very interesting results. A few of the key findings: The overall value of a graduate management degree remains high among alumni. About two-thirds (64%) of respondents rated the [...]

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    • A view from the classroom chair: Into Thin Air

      Since I last posted an entry to this blog, I have been accepted to and enrolled in the Evening UST MBA Program.  I have completed 7 out of 10 classes in Dr. John Mirocha’s MGMT 600 class, Management of Organizational Behavior.  Being back in the classroom (it has been 10 years since I graduated from [...]

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    • Ask the expert: How to hire for growth

      In the Star Tribune’s weekly business-advice column featuring faculty experts from UST’s Opus College of Business, Dr. Jack Militello of the Management Department answers: Q Our company is growing quickly and we are anticipating a hockey-stick growth curve within the next year. This growth will require us to hire people quickly, and I don’t want [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Break the Ice

      Stand in a circle. One person hold a large, foam ball and say the word “pickle.” Immediately toss the ball to another person in the circle. Upon catching the ball, that person must say the first word that comes to his/her mind. Then toss the ball to another person in the circle and continue for [...]

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    • Ways to address the work experience conundrum

      It is no secret that the job market has been extremely tough during the past two years.  I frequently speak with recent college graduates and MBA students with limited work experience who tell me that they are unable to find an internship or full-time job due to their lack of experience–it appears to be a [...]

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    • Business Journal names St. Thomas among ‘Best Places to Work’

      Reprinted from the Bulletin. St. Thomas has been named a “Best Place to Work” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The weekly newspaper announced Friday that St. Thomas is one of 10 employers recognized in the “large” category (1,001 or more full-time Minnesota employees). Fifteen medium-sized employers (101-1,000 employees) and 30 small employers (10-100) also [...]

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    • How would you improve graduate management education?

      The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is looking for bold new ideas to revolutionize business education in the 21st century.  The council has set aside $250,000 in prize money for people who submit the most innovative suggestions during the Ideas to Innovation Challenge.  The competition, which will accept entries from July 21 through October 8, 2010, [...]

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    • Are you part of the social media revolution?

      It sometimes seems that there’s a new social networking platform launched every day.  Facebook tends to get the most press, but Twitter isn’t far behind.  One that all MBAs (and prospective MBAs) should be aware of is LinkedIn.  As this recent article from Edison Research shows, LinkedIn has been growing rapidly over the past 3 years.  [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Paradigm Shift

      In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote what I’m certain is a scintillating book entitled The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. I have not yet read it because I’ve been busy immersing myself in higher quality literature, like the Twilight series. In his significant work, Kuhn explained that when there is a change in the basic assumptions within [...]

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    • Next Generation GMAT: Coming to a test center near you in 2012

      [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2WiKHxvIHA[/youtube]I recently had the opportunity to attend the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)’s Annual Industry Conference.  Deans, program directors, admissions and student life directors, and other business school professionals spent three days discussing the ways MBA programs have been evolving over the past decade.  There are a variety of opinions about how graduate business education [...]

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    • The Twin Cities metro area tops CNN Money’s Quality of Life list

      Those of you reading this blog from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area probably already know this, but the Twin Cities are a great place to live.  In fact, CNN Money named Eden Prairie, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis, the best small city (population 50,000 to 300,000) in the United States for quality of life.  Not only [...]

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    • Pitching your fit

      There are hundreds of tips and resources available from the UST MBA office of Graduate Business Career Services. Occasionally, we will pull one out of the file and share pieces of it here on the blog. One of the biggest challenges in applying for a job, especially if you haven’t got a strong networking connection [...]

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    • As a manager, "Do You Have Their Backs?"

      HBR’s Conversation has a great post this week about management and covering people’s backs. It helps, as an employee, to know that your boss supports you. “There are many nuances to how bosses protect their followers, but it’s a useful simplification to say that the protection must be both tangible and emotional.” Robert Townsend might [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Drinking the Kool-Aid

      I have to wonder if the users of this cliché are aware of its morbid origins! Although we might innocuously state, “People are drinking the Kool-Aid from our last campaign, and sales are up,” the phrase in its original context is certainly not innocuous. In 1978, Jonestown, Guyana, Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones utilized [...]

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    • Twin Cities Industrial Market Still Sluggish

      Cross posted from UST’s Real Estate Matters blog, offering views and views about the world of real estate. Here is a recent article by Burl Gilyard, a staff writer for Finance and Commerce, regarding the Industrial Property Market here in the Twin Cities. While the news is not great it does show some movement in [...]

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