MBA Connect Blog

Students Staying Connected
Staying Connected in 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021

2020 seemed to last forever, and despite the pandemic, wildfires and resulting power outages, the brutal social injustice occurrences, and a contentious presidential election, there are many silver

State of Mind Matters
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Are you generally optimistic, hopeful, and resilient? Or are you pessimistic, fatalistic, and defensive? As it turns out, your answer has big implications. Having a positive psychological orientation improves work performance, job satisfaction, and overall happiness.

Where Is the Sympathy? The Travails of My Journey to Bordeaux
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Greetings from Bordeaux, France, where I am in the final days of a business trip for Sonoma State University. Prior to leaving, when I told my colleagues about my busy itinerary, they were completely unsympathetic.

The True Value of Your Alumni Network
Thursday, June 21, 2018

You are connected to a network of prominent leaders in business, government and non-profit organizations representing every sector of our economy. You have access to a pool of high-potential managers with advanced business training, many of whom are open to new employment opportunities. You are tapped into a reservoir of expertise in every business discipline and in numerous industries. Are you actively engaging the Sonoma MBA alumni network of resources? If not, what is going on? I am in the privileged position to know many of you quite well, so I know the value of this network and use it regularly. This post explores five reasons why some of you may undervalue this network, and makes the case for reconsidering this situation.

Women in Leadership and the Sonoma MBA
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

There are compelling reasons for promoting women into organizational leadership roles. A well-known study concluded that gender (and racial) diversity on corporate boards has positive impacts on both ROI and ROA (Erhardt, et al, 2003). Why aren't more women applying for MBA programs and what can we do about it?

Trial by Fire: The Lessons of Resilience for MBAs
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Devastating fires traumatized our community. The web of support in our North Bay region for responding to and recovering from a disaster strengthened, building confidence that our region will emerge from this disaster with greater resilience. What lessons can those of us with MBAs take from this experience?

Think like an Expert Entrepreneur
Thursday, May 25, 2017

A surprising career path that many of our graduates have embarked upon is the path of entrepreneurship. The most important theory of entrepreneurship that you never heard of (but is known by every scholarly researcher of the field) is called "effectuation".

Mission: Critical
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In 2000, I shut down a lucrative business (sales and marketing of computerized industrial equipment), built over 15 years, that provided a great lifestyle.  I rarely needed to work 40 hours per week, and had complete control of my schedule. I gave that up for a role in higher education in which I was working twice (or more) as many hours for one-third the compensation. I still work more and earn less than I did in the late 90s. What gives?

Brain Activation for MBAs
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

There is an optimal level of stress that brain researchers call "eustress". Less than that and you may not be motivated enough to perform at your best. More than that and you become less productive and head toward burnout.  In eustress, managers and leaders feel a compelling sense of purpose that is motivating and energizing.

Five stacked rocks at the beach.
Work Life Balance for MBAs? Yeah Right...
Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the late nineties, I worked about 25 hours per week and earned more than I make now. I achieved work life balance! But that work had no personal meaning beyond supporting my family. In 2000, I decided to become an educational entrepreneur. My new work was very meaningful, but in short order it was also burning me out. That is when I started my journey of re-establishing work life balance at a greater level of work responsibility.