Ever wonder why you only find anecdotal accounts of MBA programs? No, you probably do not. We all know asking students to track their activities day-in-day-out is a little unreasonable. Students are already pulled in a thousand different directions; making them stop before and after each event to quantify 30 different measurements is absurd! Fortunately, in my previous life, data collection of this type was essential to measuring performance, especially when establishing baselines. Perhaps foolishly, I decided to track each of my MBA related activities (sans the happy hours) according to metrics describing date, total time, class, type of activity, my engagement level, the number of unique insights, and location. I also considered detail such as whether the activity was obligatory or extracurricular, individual or group -based, if I was interrupted during the activity, and the method of engagement; e.g., listening, collaboration, creative, etc. What follows is a sample of my data-driven account of August 16 through October 2, 2017, commonly called Mod 1 (excluding the Integral Leadership Development onboarding sessions). Continue reading “Accounting for Every Hour Spent in Mod 1”
You probably don’t need an MBA to realize that business is an increasingly international affair. Now more than ever, it is crucial to gain exposure to commerce outside the comfy confines of the United States. At Mendoza, second year students have the opportunity spend eight weeks studying international business, or more specifically the Latin American variety, directly at the source.
During winter break this year three ND MBA’s have taken it upon themselves to give back to those in need. Jimi Hiltz, Zak Pedersen and Brock Reneer will be going on a mission to Jamaica to help the Mustard Seed Communities. The cause is a noble one, the Mustard Seed Communities were founded in 1978 as a home for “a handful of abandoned and disabled children…”. With the help of missionaries like our classmates their cause has grown and they now care for over 500 children and young adults with disabilities, who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, and teen mothers and their babies. It is their mission to “…make sure that no child is ever abandoned twice.” The mission group will care for children affected by HIV/AIDS and with your help will be able to provide improvements to the spaces in which they live, play and learn. Zak, Jimi and Brock need your help in raising the money that will go towards bringing these children the love and care that they so desperately need.
As you all know today is Veteran’s Day, so take this opportunity to thank your vet classmates and help them celebrate the day. We all know how much the vets bring to the Notre Dame MBA community but let’s make sure they know how much they mean to all of us today. Thank you for your service, and thank you for being such incredible classmates.
Welcome to a new segment we are calling Business or Pleasure? This will be a one-stop-shop for blog posts that don’t focus on internships, corporate recruitment, or really anything of substance. We just finished final exams here at Mendoza, so this seemed like a good time to get the ball rolling with a little personality quiz.
Specifically, are you a Steve Jobs or a Jack Welch?