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Master Yoda MBA: Customer Service

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Master Yoda MBA says:

“Give the customer service you wish to receive.”

Categories: Business "Yodaisms", Zen

MS Project: A Formative Reflection on Writing

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Currently, I am working on my MS project so I can finish degree (finally). The project consists of a course paper and a grant. The focus is a student non-profit consulting project. It is as it sounds, Training and Development students work with Marquette Co. non-profits to implement performance improvement technology. The goal for the students is to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a real organizational setting with real resource limitations. The goal for the non-profit will be to use the performance intervention for capacity building and to better fulfill their mission.

In any event, I have enjoyed the writing. Surprisingly, I have not always enjoyed writing. “Formatively” reflecting on the project:

  • Writing is easier (much easier) when you know what you are trying to communicate. Preparing to write and communicate your ideas, etc is important. Prep work might almost equal the time it takes to write.
  • Leave good notation from where you left off. Nothing worse than wasting 5 or 10 minutes trying to get back to where you were.
  • Pick it up, touch it, read it, interact with the writing in someway everyday. Even if only for a few minutes.
  • Screw perfection, write to communicate a point.
  • Writing everyday helps. Even if it is just a quick blog post, commenting or LinkedIn group.
  • Be in the moment. When writing don’t think about work, bills, checking Facebook, etc.
  • Writing and communicating are skills, if we don’t use them, they begin to diminish.
  • Think about your ideas, points, etc, when you are away from the keyboard to find clarity.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread…

I am excited about completing the project, so I can focus on other things….writing.

Zen and the Art of Learning

There are two basic things a person can learn from another. The two things are behaviors we may consider adopting and second is behaviors we should not adopt or make our own.

Categories: Zen