Browsing the blog archives for January, 2010.

Doctors getting MBAs

Broader role, Geek 5, Leadership, Managing people

Jane Porter at the Wall Street Journalwrote an interesting article about doctors getting MBAs.  Most doctors fall into our definition of a geek.  They certainly have the deep technical expertise.  Most of them have also focused on their specialty instead of general management skills – hence the later need for an MBA.  Not all of them would self-identify as a geek, but if it looks like a geek and smells like a geek…

The article, Doctors Seek Aid from Business Schools, touches on many of the issues covered by the Geek 5.  The article covers the need for basic management skills,  leadership skills and financial/ business acumen.  She cited a statistic that the University of Pennsylvania health system now spends $1 million on leadership training. 

This is a great example of geeks gone pro.  The doctors rise in their careers due to the technical stuff.  But at a certain point, the professional skills become just as important and help determine career advancement and success.  If they can do it, so can you!

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New Year Resolutions

Geek 5, Leadership, Managing people

It is that wonderful time when the year is just starting and everything seems possible.  Since 2009 was a rough year, 2010 is bound to be better.  Along with weight-loss goals and planning to be more organized, it is a good time to sit down and think about your career goals and work-related resolutions. 

What do you want to accomplish in 2010?  Do you want to go from good to great in your current job?  Do you want a promotion or a raise?  Do you want a new job with a new company?  Are you unemployed and searching for a job?

Spend some time thinking about this.  Set some realistic goals.  Write them down and share them with a spouse or significant other or friend.  Look at them every couple of weeks and write down what you’re doing to accomplish them.

 That will help you set your own career goals and direction.  But remember, to be successful at a leadership level, you also need to consider concerns beyond your personal success.  That can include contributing more to your company, supporting your co-workers or providing improved leadership to your direct reports.

Gayle Lantz wrote a guest post at Smart Blog on Workforce called “Replace Those Resolutions with Questions“.  She sets out a nice series of questions to consider for the new year.  They focus on strategy and leadership and making a difference.  Check it out!

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Happy New Year


Happy New Year, everyone.  It feels good to close out 2009 and focus on the possibilities of 2010.  Be safe with all of your celebrations!

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