Student Profile: Leslie Donohue, Midland MBA Class of 2014

Hi, Leslie. To start, could you please tell us a bit about your background and experience?

I graduated from Midland University in 2005, and went to work after graduating in the mortgage industry. I worked there for a short period of time doing entry-level work like you might expect, and moved in 2006 to FCSAmerica in their residential lending department.


Decision-Making Tips for Good Leaders

Making good decisions is the hallmark of being a great leader. But it's not always enough to make “good” decisions—a manager also has to be decisive and quick with responses.

In his book Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf said, “On an important decision one rarely has 100% of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over. This is the terrible dilemma of the hesitant decision maker.” 


4 Questions to Ask Yourself before You Start a Small Business

Owning and running a small business is an exciting, yet challenging way to make a living. There are many upsides to being your own boss: unlimited earning potential, freedom to create a work-life balance that's suited uniquely to you, and the ability to make your own decisions without compromising your vision, just to name a few. With over 500,000 small businesses started each month in the U.S., it’s safe to say there are a lot of entrepreneurs.


What Separates a Leader from a Manager?

Have you ever heard the terms manager and leader used interchangeably? It's not uncommon for companies to call their management level “the leadership team.” It's that kind of thinking that waters down the effectiveness of real leaders in an organization. In fact, leaders can reside in any level of an organization, while not every manager is really a “leader.”

Faculty Profile: Jill Slupe

Jill is CEO of Verde Martin, a sales consulting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her MBA from Creighton University, where she is now an adjunct professor of business, and teaches sales and leadership in the Midland MBA program.

Hi, Jill. Tell us a little bit about your background.

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: