Dealing with “Friendly Fire” in the Workplace

For corporate employees with an entrepreneurial mindset, frustration often comes from dealing with internal obstacles. External business challenges are a battle to be fought and won, and it’s easy to get everyone onboard. But large, successful corporations got that way by mastering the day-to-day and quarter-to-quarter tasks efficiently and without error. That can become a problem when you need to grow, innovate, and change the business.

Networking for Introverts

Business networks are critical for both entrepreneurs and career-minded professional–the US Bureau of Labor Statistics says that 70% of people find their jobs through their connections. To some people, networking comes naturally. We all know those who have a broad range of business associates, peers, current and former co-workers, and like-minded people. 

The Real-Life Lessons of Rudy: Focusing on Your Strengths

In movies and in books, we often celebrate the underdog–the one who worked hard and overcame the odds. The movie Rudy is a perfect example of this.

The movie is a biographical account of Daniel Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger, a kid with a dream of playing football for Notre Dame, who has neither the size, nor the natural talent of the other players. But through his hard work and intense effort, Rudy finally gets into the final game and makes a big play, resulting in wild cheers and adulation from fans and teammates. So what's wrong with this tale?


6 Back to School Hints for Working Professionals

The fall semester at Midland University is upon us—our newest MBA class kicked off classes this week. For those working professionals who are coming back to school, here are some hints on balancing your work and school life. Traditional students should find this list helpful, as well.

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Book Report: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

First published in 1989, Stephen Covey's best-selling business book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has sold over 15 million copies. 25 years later, we're revisiting the Seven Habits outlined in the book. The book was a staple of business classes for over a decade, and our review finds that it still well worth the read. 

Dr. Covey organizes his key findings in three categories:

What Taco Bell Can Teach You About Innovation

Taco Bell may not be the first place you’d think to look for lessons in business innovation, but then again, maybe you haven’t been paying much attention since late March when their new waffle taco hit the menu.

The genesis of the Waffle Taco came from a photo on Facebook. Heather Mottershaw, director for product development at Taco bell, was reading her Facebook updates when she saw a picture of a waffle wrapped around eggs, avocados, and other breakfast fixings, sandwich-style.

Student Profile: Von Bradley, Midland MBA Class of 2014

Hi, Von. We’d like to start with a little bit of information about you. Can you tell us about your professional experience? 

"I’ve spent nearly all of my adult career working in human services.

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Getting Ahead by Being a Giver

What makes a person successful in a job?

Often, career coaches cite “having a plan,” “ambition,” “focus,” “determination,” and other similar traits as the keys to success. But Adam Grant, the youngest full professor at the Wharton School, has different ideas. His first book, Give and Take, specifically sets out the case for altruism as a trait that marks one for greatness.

Student Profile: Jeff Talkington, Midland MBA Class of 2014

Hi, Jeff. To start, would you mind telling us a little bit about your professional experience? 

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Leadership--It's a Village, Not an Island

Stories of great leadership can inspire. We often think about a great person, out in front of a huge issue, taking on the whole world by themselves. Contrary to common thinking, though, leaders are not out on an island. They are part of a bigger world–one that both inspires and supports their vision.