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.

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4 Ways to Know If You Have a Great Business Idea

According to Business Insider, over 543,000 new businesses are started up each month. What’s equally astounding is their statement that more than 65% of jobs created since 1995 have been the result of small businesses. If you’re thinking about starting up a new business, you’re not alone.


How to Kickstart Your Kickstarter Campaign

Crowdfunding your ideas instead of seeking traditional VC funding has a number of distinct advantages. It helps you build a customer base, gives you immense access to funding (and maintenance of equity), and validates your idea before even going to market. 

5 Ways to Publicize Your Personal Brand

Today, more and more employers are turning to data available online about potential hires prior to making a hiring decision. At the same time, a great number of professionals are benefitting from network building online.