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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Jargon Genesis: Hit the Ground Running

What do a hobo jumping off a train and a paratrooper have in common? They both hit the ground running! Sometime in the late 19th century, this phrase came to light in written form. One example is from a...
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Is BP's spill a leak or a gusher?

Since April the media have been actively covering the aftermath of an accident on a drill rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. Generally reporters use the term “leak” to describe the flow of crude...
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The New, NEW Interview Questions

As the competition for jobs continues to be fierce, every step of the way employers and hiring managers are finding new tools to test job candidates to find the best one for the job. Why do you want this job?...
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The iCollege

When I was a freshman at a highly-respected university in a northern clime, I would have paid any amount to convince my psych professor to come to my dorm and share with me, while I lounged in my pajamas,...
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Jargon Genesis: Pushing the Envelope

This is perhaps the most surprising of the Jargon Genesis series so far. When I previously considered the phrase, “pushing the envelope,” I assumed its origin had something to do with seeing how much one...
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You're Paying for "Free" Parking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syoH21GvBls via MinnPost and Minnesota 2020: Somewhere around 99 percent of auto trips in the United States - to shopping, work, church, recreation or whatever - make use of...
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Vuvuzela Buzz Dominates World Cup, Irritates Viewers

From Popeater (beware sound on this page): If you've caught any World Cup action since soccer's big dance kicked off Friday, you've heard the noise ... that interminable low drone emanating from the stadiums...
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Jargon Genesis: Swag

Quiz time. What’s the best part about going to a job fair? No, not the prospect of gainful employment. It’s the swag! I was once given a year’s supply of multi-vitamins from a pharmaceutical company at...
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Minneapolis: Host of the 2020 Summer Olympics?

Few Twin Cities residents are aware that Minnesota has bid to host the Summer Olympics five times.  It nearly succeeded in 1947, when Minneapolis-St. Paul finished runner-up to Helsinki to host the 1952...
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Servant Leadership and YouTube

Cross posted from UST's High Performance Health Care blog, by Daniel McLaughlin. The recent ICSI Colloquium on innovation and quality had an outstanding array of presentations.  Perhaps one of most...