A Book Review: Finding Common Ground

Civility TN and the Freedom Forum at Vanderbilt just hosted author and Vanderbilt alum Jim Brown to share a few things about his new book, Ending our UnCivil War: A Path to Political Recovery & Spiritual Renewal. Chancellor Zeppos was there to introduce the author. I think we all breathed a sigh or two of […]

What Makes a Great Graduate Management Education?

  Today, a great graduate management education (GME) has distinctive facets — which one is the most important? Some say it is the best academic education—the purview of faculty and their ability to draw upon the expertise in the classroom. In other words, it is what you need to know to master your craft, from […]

Many Consultants Were Troublemakers in First Grade

    From nearly three decades of helping MBAs in career management and several years doing staffing at Cap Gemini, I have three major observations about people who have been successful as lifetime consultants:  Consultants grasp concepts quickly. In first grade, they were likely to be early to get it, which means they had time […]

Back to School: 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Grad School

So you are returning to school. This time, you have the wisdom of full-time work experience to optimize your success in returning to school. Or, for those coming straight into one-year programs from undergrad, perhaps you have really fresh ideas of what worked and didn’t with regard to good study habits and outcomes. Here are […]

Clues Your Company Is the Right Fit

We all hope to accept a job feeling that the “cultural fit” is right.  I recently asked alumni, “Were you right? What made you realize your job was the right fit for you (NOT including salary, location or other factors unrelated to fit)?” Here is what they shared: “This is a tough thing to describe, […]

Backlash Against Globalization

Lessons from the Road: IMF Advisor Explains the Backlash Against Globalization Our recent Closing Bell in Washington, D.C., featured Prakash Loungani. An Advisor and Senior Budget Manager at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prakash also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Owen, teaching macroeconomics to our EMBA and Global EMBA-Americas students. He shared his perspectives on […]

Answers That Matter: 4 Musts for Interviews and Application Essays

Whether you are applying for a job, college or grad school, you will face targeted questions in interviews and application essays. Here are must do’s: Choose Their Perspective: Start by keeping your audience’s perspective and best interests in mind. “They” are shopping. You are in selling mode, so this is less about sharing what you […]

Don’t Wait on the Waitlist: Do Something

It’s a new year. You just discovered if you were on the Naughty or Nice List in December, and you are making a list of goals and resolutions for the year.  Maybe you just made it on another list: the dreaded Waitlist at your preferred B-School. Oh no! What can you do?  This isn’t all […]

Share of Wallet, ROI and Your B-School Goals

I wasn’t surprised when ITT (one of the largest for-profit educators) announced in September that it was closing down all its campuses. I’ve been scratching my head at the onslaught of schools advertising—very expensively– on television about how easy and flexible it is to get a degree. I kept wondering: these schools aren’t inexpensive, but […]