If you are in the position to weigh out your options when it comes to choosing a graduate business program, then you might be confused at everything available to you. Need some guidance? Here are seven things to look for when choosing a graduate business program:
Accreditation. These days, there are a lot of schools out there offering graduate business degree programs, and not all of them are reputable. This is especially true with correspondence programs, which are not as well regulated as more established schools and programs. Be sure to verify that your school of choice is accredited as a recognized institution by an organization like the AACSB, as this indicates that the program’s curriculum is in line with industry standards.
Faculty. Your mentors have a great impact on your educational success, and you therefore need to research the faculty of any business program you are considering. Who are the people who will be teaching you? What is there experience, and what are their accomplishments and affiliations?
International rankings. Where do the schools you are considering fall in terms of business program quality? You can easily research international rankings online and compare schools side by side to determine which are statistically the most successful at graduating students.
There are few things more depressing than hearing that your app developer has gone into voluntary administration.
Oh no, wait, there are several things:
1. Discovering that the administrator will make $50,000, with the senior making $19K for 60 hours work.
2. Realising that the liquidator will make a further $30,000.
3. Knowing that the administrator and the liquidator are one and the same.
4. Finding out that YOUR money is, in industry parlance, unable to be recovered.
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What is resistance? Surely more than anything, it is a form of feedback in its own right, more often than not, provided by people who more than likely know more about the day-to-day ops of the organisation or business than you do. Resistance, can actually be a fundamental element of bringing about change.
To dismiss resistance would be of course dismissing feedback, a vital element of any relationship. Once we embrace resistance, we can find a better solution which leads to effective change. Liz Wiseman talks about multipliers and diminishers. Multipliers being innovative and creative thinkers who solve problems and create teams who replicate that high level thinking. Diminishers do the opposite, whilst they are smart, they keep people at a distance and more often than not, are not aware of it, segmenting teams, pushing back. Multipliers are everywhere and they are critical to any organisation. I urge you to read Liz’s book and search for the multipliers in your business. Continue Reading →
Every year I have a medical check-up. I get the works done. Blood tests, weight checked, blood pressure
and one or two other things that I’ll keep between myself and my doctor. It’s my way of keeping score and
managing any physical deterioration. I don’t mind growing old – I just want to delay it as long as possible.
Inevitably I’ll ask my doctor how I’m tracking. Inevitably he’ll respond with “you’ll live until you’re 90 at least.”
It’s a game we play. I enjoy it. I think he does too. This time, however, he was in a thoughtful mood and he
followed up with “you realise, of course, that you have less than half of your life left to live. Knowing that,
what would you do today if you knew you could not fail?” It is a very powerful question that got me thinking.
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I always thought the chicken and the egg thing was an interesting quandry. Now I am more concerned with actually overcoming the paradox…
I have just launched a startup and am now struggling with chickens and eggs. For the startup to be successful we need content. This sounds simple however to get content we need users who will consume the content so the content producers have an incentive to submit. Heres the problem… To get users we need content.
Sigh – It turns out there is a solution. Not all content producers need there to be many users before they submit content and not all users need large volumes of content before they are satisfied to play. Thus we grow.
So my question is… Where does this leave the chicken and the egg? Well I know the answer. It has nothing to do with chickens! It’s all about lizards & dinosaurs. Everyone knows chickens were descended from dinosaurs so obviously the egg came before the chicken.
Of course whenever you answer a question you always create many more in it’s place.
So what came first – The dinosaur or the egg?
The film industry might have started something it may not be able to reverse when it lobbied the politicians to act as their protectors using SOPA and PIPA. This in turn triggered a response from the tech industry both giants and individuals alike that put a stop to these plans that could have changed the internet as we know it today.
The film and music industry need to understand that they cannot and will not stop piracy by trying to lock down the internet and turn to persecution and prosecution.
The basic bad attitude towards internet citizens has started a revolution coming straight from the heart of Silicon Valley from the likes of Paul Graham (Y Combinator) that seek to destroy Hollywood.
Although the destruction of Hollywood and the likes of Rupert Murdoch may be a while away their power will slowly be eroded by an entire race of Internet citizens rebelling against the bullying and the unjustified force being used to control the market and consumption of digital goods.
As time goes on we will see the rise and rise of independent Film and Music makers using the internet and independent services to sell their products rather than having to deal with the big studios. They won’t do this just to make a bigger profit but they will do it as a sign of respect towards their fans, a way to break away from decades of control that has overcome these industries in the name of profit.
Save the date! New York Law School’s Institute for Information Law & Policy and Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic are pleased to present Innovate / Activate 2.0. The event will take place April 20-21, 2012 at Sutardja Dai Hall on the campus of beautiful UC Berkeley. The conference will run from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and from 10-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
About the event: Intellectual property regimes seek to benefit society through a variety of incentives, from improving access to encouraging innovation to preserving public knowledge. However, evidence has been building to suggest that there are substantial flaws in the design and implementation of various IP regimes, leading to failures in policy and harms to the public. As a result, active communities have formed to address these shortcomings and the important issues they raise, such as the tension between free speech and efforts to expand copyright’s scope and enforcement tools; the importance of fair use and follow-on creativity; the role of alternative licensing systems such as Creative Commons or the GNU Public License; the appropriateness of patent protection for software and business methods; and the conflict between overpatenting of pharmaceuticals and broad access to medicines and diagnostic technologies. But there’s much more that can be done. Continue Reading →