Success in the Kent State MBA Program requires that a student possess a variety of skills and attributes; your work experiences also add to your ability to succeed. Characteristics such as a talent for working with numbers, a passion for learning, or a wealth of experience in the business world are examples of useful tools for MBA candidates to possess.
In an MBA Program, the student’s attributes and skills are valued as much as, if not more than, work and life experiences. This is so because the program is designed to present the bigger picture of the ever changing and complex business world to the students. To amplify the program’s learning approach, the students are encouraged to apply their personal skills and experiences to different business context. However, to gauge the student’s success on the program solely on this basis (as enumerated) is inequitable. Adjudicating success based on the scale of what the student has at present is an unfounded conclusion because a lot of external and internal factors can influence success in the MBA program. The identified skills and characteristics are basics that may influence success but are not absolute determinants of student’s success in the program.
Success as the achievement of something desired through a process can be influenced by factors not evident at the start of the program. Accordingly, success as a process touches every aspect of the student’s life, thus it cannot be hinged only on particular identified positive skills, characteristics, and experiences in the student’s life. The foundation of success is not so much on what you have at present but how you learn along the pathway to your goal and how you consistently give your best commitment and determination from the start until the end of the task. Along with the student’s skills and experiences, behavior and attitude are also very important determinants of success. The person’s behavior and attitude determine the consistency of the person’s desire and focus on the goal especially when the road towards it is beset by challenging ups and downs. Above all, the relationship with significant others in the student’s life contribute greatly to his success. It is to be noted that nobody can exist alone and no one can operate in a vacuum.
Just like any of my endeavor, I have already prepared myself for the challenges that the MBA program may bring into my personal and professional life. When I decided to embark into this enriching yet challenging program, I have already set my goals and stamped these indelibly in my mind and heart so that I can keep my eyes focus into it. To reinforce this, I have given my full commitment and determination to really succeed on the program. Based on experience, I know that what would propel a person towards the achievement of his goal are: positive attitude and behavior, determination, and commitment. One may not have the sufficient tools at the start of the endeavor, yet if those positive personal internal factors are present, resourcefulness and initiative will come in and success will never be difficult.
When I started my job twenty- one years ago, I have also met a lot of challenges. Fortunately I was able to turn those challenges into opportunities to become a better person and to improve my performance and that of my organization. My determination and commitment amidst adversities and challenges coupled with my conviction that I can really make a difference in our organization enabled us to bring our company to greater heights. My sense of ownership to the endeavor of my organization and my sense of responsibility to the people I am working with bolster my desire to really improve our company. With the help and support of the people who also believe in my vision for the organization, we were able to increase and grow our gross operating profits many folds for the past years. We have successfully translated our vision into distinct, tangible results that redounded to the benefit of everybody. Along with my commitment and dedication to my job, I also attribute our success to the people I am working with in the organization. According to Dowd and Taguchi “people can help in articulating and meeting goals: (2004, p. 34), so they should be given due importance.
Indeed my experience taught me the importance of determination and commitment to my goals and dealing and working with people. It also taught me the importance of objectivity, flexibility, and the utility of several effective communication techniques. For example, I learned to use my sense of humor as an effective tool to persuade, disarm, or motivate others. Communication though may take in many forms but still the same is the “lifeblood of organizations” (Heller & Hindle, 1998, p. 18). The balanced and open communication formed the foundation of mutual trust and respect in our organization. Now, regardless of the volatility of the situation we will be in, our communication and relationship will help make positive things happen to us and to our organization.
It is true that my courage and determination have stunned many people but it also enabled them to believe that once a person has the commitment to achieve something, the possibility of failure is remote. In fact I attributed my appointment as a member of the medical transportation board to my attitude towards challenges and towards life. My perception also on the significance of working together to achieve a common goal has also influenced the people I am working with.
Due to my commitment and determination to achieve my personal and professional goals, I have refined my skills, developed new techniques of dealing, leading, and managing teams. I have also developed other people and taught them how to become better persons and better professionals. In the MBA program, I know that these attitude and behavior of mine coupled with my solid experience in the business world can help me in my success.
Lastly, I am aware that a sense of balance on the different demands of life is vital to my success in the MBA program. Thus, my only concern right now is on how to make an immediate adjustment on the demands of time in my personal and professional life as well as my studies. Yet, as I ponder on this, I realize that to attain balance on these roles, I only need to keep a daily personal goal-setting activity that can guide me and enable me to integrate my personal, professional, and MBA goals. The daily goal-setting activity will help me attain balance and focus on my personal, professional, including my MBA program goals.
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Heller, R. & Hindle, T. (1998). Essential Manager’s Manual. New York: Dorling Kindersley.