Tag: MBA

Smarty Pants

I wanted to mark today, specifically to mention here so I don’t forget it. My memory is lousy and no matter what the future may hold, I want to mark down today as a day I was inspired.

My sister-in-law graduated today and now holds a degree in Dietetics. I’m not quite sure what letters she can now use after her name, I’m guessing BSc, but I do know she got the equivalent of a 2.1 (but they don’t state that as she isn’t doing her Honours).

She’s not the type to make a big fuss over things, and chatting with her after the graduation ceremony she was quite calm and accepting of the fact. And why shouldn’t she be? She’s done all the studying, the essays, the juggling of placements around her work hours, so I guess she’s at the point where it’s a bit of a given that she now has a degree.

Her kids are all very proud of her, three of them were there today but unfortunately her oldest son couldn’t because he’s just (this morning at 2am) become a Dad for the first time, and I’m certain her Dad is thrilled and the only shame is that her Mum couldn’t see this day.

So, well done Claire. I don’t think there are all that many mothers who aren’t long past THAT ‘big’ birthday, have brought up four wonderful children, have kept down a job and who have just received a degree (which included a year of pre-degree coursework at college).

I have to admit I had a little pang of jealousy as, having not found my passion until later in life, I didn’t finish my degree (Electronic Engineering for what it’s worth… not much, trust me!). It might spark me into pursuing that MBA I’ve been eyeing up for the past couple of years.

Regardless, I’m chuffed to bits for her, she’s worked her ass off these past few years and I’m sure the true sense of her achievement will start to sink in soon.

And I’m really not trying to bask in her glory by suggesting that proof-reading her essays was what really made the difference, honest I’m not…

You can quote me

Remember when I mentioned a friend’s MBA, well he asked me to proof read his dissertation. I’ve just finished it and I’m jolly impressed. Turns out he’s quite smart after all! (you’d never tell from looking at him).

I’m kidding of course, he’s possibly one of the smartest people I know.

Anyhoo*, I did pause when I realised that he had lifted a quote from my post on the topic, then I remembered that he DID ask my permission. What a terrible memory I have.

His dissertation is fascinating, and I’ve started looking up some of the quoted authors, so if I start spouting forth about corporate culture in the coming days, you’ll know why. Best find so far is Herman Dooyeweerd (by way of G Morgan). Just the name mind, I’ve not gotten into his philosophy yet.

*I MUST stop using this word. It can’t be good for me. Or you, dear reader.

MBA

So a friend/work colleague is doing his MBA. Part of it requires a look at corporate culture. He sent round a short questionnaire to some people, including me, and we got together today to discuss it.

I was quite amazed, if I’m honest, that we all said similar things, and after about 30 minutes we all started to broaden our view as well. By the end of it we were even admitting some of the guilt for low morale, bad communication etc etc (and rightly so of course).

I’ve been told that once a company gets to a certain size it loses that ‘team’ feel. As the size of our company has fluctuated around small to ‘mid’ sized over the past couple of years, the company culture that has evolved is a strange one. One of the main problems stems from the fact that the culture is similar to a large corporation despite the fact the Glasgow office (HQ) only houses around 40 staff.

Mind you, I’m sure my co-workers are sick of me harping on about how good the corporate culture was at Dr.Solomons. Still managed to have a small company feel, until those bastards McAfee paid £625million to rip it’s heart out.

Anyway, I’m wondering if the discussions we had today will have an effect on the people involved. Not directly, as the main focus was as source info for an MBA and won’t be circulated round the company, but if it has caused the people involved to pause and re-consider their own input and focus. It did for me.

Right, enough of this corporate nonsense (Lyle does it SOOOOO much better).

Off to bed. Changes are afoot!