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Jargon Genesis: Benchmark

Have you ever benchmarked your product against competitors to determine your place in the market? Have you stopped to think where “benchmark” came from? Well, you have surveyors to thank for this week’s...
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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 was very timely.  Incoming MBA students often ask our admissions and student life team about how they can...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Jargon Genesis: Break the Ice

The origin of this phrase is perhaps obvious. At times, nautical travel has required ships to break ice in order to cross rivers and oceans. This is no different today than it was hundreds of years ago, though the technology has evolved somewhat.
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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...

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

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 was Eden Prairie #1, four other Twin Cities suburbs (Plymouth, Woodbury, Eagan, and Apple Valley) were listed in the top 20.
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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...