May, 2014

“Share Your MBA Impact” Contest: The Winning Submissions Announced

Lake Effects Blog

Friday, May 02, 2014

Share the Impact

We would like to extend our thanks to the students and alumni who participated in our “Share Your MBA Impact” contest.   We received many interesting and inspiring submissions that reflected on the measureable results created by Lake Forest Graduate School of Management students inside a variety of organizations and niche business sectors.

We are pleased to announce three winners:

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Planning the Next Phase of Your Career – Two Years or Twenty

Ellen McMahon, EdD

Friday, May 02, 2014

What are your goals for your career and how do you plan to get there?  Generally speaking it is a fair question to ask when you consider that no goal (no matter how big or small) is ever achieved without strategic planning. How much time have you invested in plotting your own career trajectory?

Interestingly when most professionals are asked, they are able to pick out the details regarding the type of job or level of career advancement they would like to achieve.  They can tell you what market they would like to serve, and the kind of team dynamic they would like to be part of collaboratively.  However few people are able to assign a timeline or projected schedule for these goals to become realized.  And that is where most professionals run into somewhat of a problem.

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Five Discovery Skills that Lead to Great Innovations

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Clayton Christensen and his coauthors in The Innovator’s DNA highlight five key skills that we can develop to become great innovators. The good news is that we do not have to be good at all five skills to be a good innovator. For example, Scott Cook of Intuit is strong in observational skills. Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, is good at networking, Jeff Bezos’ strong suite is experimentation. Steve Jobs was strong at associating.

Research involving identical twins suggests that only about 20-25 per cent of our creativity ability is genetic. So close to 80% of our creative ability can be developed.

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