Work-life balance for a newly-wed MBA

Ajay Rao, Crosby MBA studentAfter obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, second-year Crosby MBA student Ajay Rao began his career at GE developing and manufacturing electronics hardware. Utilizing this experience and his training in the MBA program,  Ajay is now part of a cross-functional team helping aspiring entrepreneurs develop ideas into products. Although he’s a newly wed who is protective over time with his family, Ajay is seen as a leader among his peers.

The Crosby MBA program is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills, grow existing ones, interact with people with diverse backgrounds, and build lasting partnerships. While these advantages inspired me to apply for the program, I didn’t consider accepting an offer until I understood how to balance my new wife’s ambition with my own.

Little did I realize at the time, that this challenge would continue today as I am working my way through the program. Let me highlight some of these challenges and what we are doing to overcome them. (more…)

The impact of human-centered consulting in the social sector

Crosby MBA Katie Wehmeyer with children during her internship in Peru

Some of the girls that befriended Katie during her Fellowship in Manchay. They laughed at her Spanish attempts but included Katie in every game they could possibly think of.

Katie Wehmeyer will graduate from the Crosby MBA program in May 2016 with a concentration in Management. She graduated from MU with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and wants to work in a space where she can make a social impact. Katie’s colleagues readily describe her as one of the kindest and hardworking individuals in the program. She loves exploring, whether its finding the best coffee shop in Columbia or hiking to the top of Machu Picchu.

Either a movement is happening, or I am just now becoming aware of a new way of thinking. Maybe it’s both.

This movement is based on listening.

As an MBA student, there are many times I jump into problem solving-gear before understanding, eager to apply my newfound market research skills and benefit measurement methods. Numbers start running mentally before even putting a face to the project. But what if the approach involved direct engagement with the beneficiaries, enabling co-creation of a solution that would best serve their needs?

This concept has been a repeating theme for me recently. This summer I participated in a consulting fellowship with Emzingo that gave the participating fellows cross-cultural, social sector experience. The fellowship gave us a consulting framework that explicitly started with listening, ideally to multiple perspectives of the challenge being addressed. Even with these instructions we would find ourselves halfway in, having to pivot away from a solution that didn’t address the challenge correctly. In order to produce a solution that would actually be implemented, we needed to align it to the organization’s existing resources and capabilities. We learned that we had to think like the managing team, understanding their reality, their constraints, and the way that they worked. We had to see the challenge through their eyes before putting on our business-minded lenses. Active listening allowed for us to produce a solution that the organization would be willing and able to implement. Even the most thorough solutions are useless if not paired with true understanding. (more…)

Top 8 Things Employers Do to Make Good Employees Quit

Caroline Farchmin, Crosby MBA studentCaroline Farchmin, a second-year Crosby MBA Business Generalist student, chose to compliment her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Miami University of Ohio with an MBA to get a more broad overview of business. Although she never lost her passion for finance and numbers, Caroline discovered how much she enjoys working with people as well. She picked up an interest in Human Resources and serves as the Service Projects Director for the Crosby MBA Association, organizing events that allow MBA students to give back to the community.

It’s important for any business to have engaged employees. Not only is the cost of turnover high, but the productivity levels of highly engaged employees is much higher than those who are actively disengaged, or even those who are neutral. While many businesses may believe they have no control over the issue, and people are either great workers or they are not, there are a multitude of things employers can do. Here are the top eight things employers do to make good employees quit.

Overworking their employees.

Many managers are unaware that they make their employees work too much. They are tempted to give their best employees the best projects, wanting to give them exposure to as many aspects of the business as possible, which leads to unhappy, exhausted employees. A study from Stanford reported that productivity per hour heavily declines once the workweek exceeds 50 hours. Good employees can handle a large workload as long as they are not suffocated. (more…)

10(ish) Great Business Accounts to Follow on Twitter

Crosby MBA student Joe LangworthyJoe Langworthy is a second year Crosby MBA student, with emphasis areas in both Management and Marketing. A true Mizzou Tiger, his undergraduate degree is in Hospitality Management/Sports Venue Management from Mizzou. He currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate management class, Business Communication as well as the MBA Association Vice President of Membership Engagement, planning professional and social events for MBA students.

If you know me, you know that I’m a big social media fan. As a sports obsessed guy, most of the accounts I follow only tweet or post about Mizzou football or the St. Louis Cardinals, but I also follow quite a few business related accounts. I’ve compiled this list of “best Twitter follows for business,” or at least my favorite follows.

Note: these are not in any particular order.

Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)

  • Rovell is a sports business writer for ESPN. He tweets a lot of useless factoids about sports related business, but every once in a while he’ll come up with something interesting. Plus, he’s worth a follow just to see all the hilarious things people say to him (spoiler: most people make fun of him a lot).

Sports Analytics Blog (@SAnalyticsBlog)

  • This is an account dedicated completely to (surprise surprise!) Sports Analytics. It’s not for everyone, but if you like sports, business, and/or analytics, this account has something for you.

CNN/Fox News/CNBC (@cnn, @foxnews, @cnbc)

  • I combined all these together, because I think it’s important to stay updated on what’s going on nationally and around the world. We can make better decisions when we’re well-informed, and the best way to do that is to get news from several different sources.

Entrepreneur (@entrepreneur)

  • Obviously this account is geared towards entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, but most of the articles they write are applicable to businesses in any stage of development.