What is a leader’s business? A leader’s business is training and developing people – human capital – the most valuable asset any organization has.
Emotionally intelligent leaders are more influential because they project more strongly and positively through more powerful leadership presence, and that can be quantified through measuring emotional intelligence. Leadership presence is the spirit or aura projected by leaders: the very thing that impacts a leader’s ability to do their job – influence, train, and develop people! Read more ›
Take a look back at his blog posts on Texas MBAs Talk from 2008-10, and you’ll quickly see that Ryan Brown, MBA ’10, was quite a busy student – as are many during their time at McCombs.
Ryan, third from left, pictured with several others from the Class of 2010 at a former classmates recent wedding.
During his two years as an MBA student, Ryan participated in the McCombs Adventure Program, case challenges, treks, Super Week, and the list goes on.
In his final blog post, Ryan looked back on his time in the program and reflected on the moment he found out he was admitted to McCombs. “I had no idea what the next two years would entail. All I knew was that this could possibly be a life changing event,” he said. “Looking back on my two years I can say that I was right.”
I recently caught up with Ryan to see what he’s been up to since his days on the Forty Acres and hear a little bit more about his time at McCombs. Read more ›
Here with Casey Andrews, MBA ’11
Two Texas MBA program directors and I were treated to a tour of Rackspace company headquarters in San Antonio last Wednesday following a Texas MBA information session held on site. Our tour guide? None other than Lawrence Reyes a.k.a SugarBear, Ambassador of Culture. He took us on the grandest of interactive tours that included peeking into themed departments and conference rooms (think game shows, cereal, 80s movies), viewing installations by local artists, traveling down memory lane in a 1968 Hemisfair gondola chair, and a very quick slide down to the first floor! Read more ›
Each November in honor of Veterans Day, Military Transition News releases its Top 40 Under 40 Military edition which recognizes the top service members who are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces.
This year, two current Texas MBA students – Sandy Vithayanonth and Adam Hamilton – were among those recognized. The excerpts below come directly from Military Transition News.
Sandy Vithayanonth, MBA ’14
The “proudest achievement” for former Army CPT Sandy Vithayanonth was co-founding a non-profit, called the “Duke Association,” with a mission to build a memorial dedicated to the 118 fallen soldiers of the “Duke Brigade.” “Despite having no previous experience in non-profits and fund-raising, we were ultimately able to raise over $175,000,” he says. As a Platoon Leader in Afghanistan, Vithayanonth “heroically saved the lives of his fellow soldiers by exposing himself to enemy fire and halting Read more ›
We’ve all been there. Despite all the preparations, research and rehearsals, you find yourself nervous about your MBA admissions interview. While this isn’t technically a job interview, you may do well to treat it like one. An MBA admissions interview is a very important part of your overall application and ultimately one of the first steps towards your post-MBA life.
At McCombs, interviews are by invitation only and can come at any time before the decision release date. While some applicants may look forward to the opportunity to interview, others may not exactly enjoy the anxiety thereby engendered. If you are a member of the latter group, look at it this way: the interview affords one of the only opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process, so here are a few ways you can take advantage: Read more ›
When all else fails…
You know how this ends. Most likely you’re thinking “How hard can this be?” But trust me, after serving on the admissions committee for a top-ranked MBA program for the past five years, the simple act of reading the directions can provide you with opportunities to have more meaningful interactions with the admissions committee during the application process.
This past year not only did we overhaul our admissions section of the website, we implemented a new application system that includes embedded instructional videos and links to help you get through the process as you work through your application. Even with all that there’s always a special situation that wasn’t addressed, and we’re here to help everyone with questions.
So here are some A’s to your top 5 FAQs, and some tips that go above and beyond what the instructions may provide. Read more ›
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Current MBA student Courtney Leffall, winner of the inaugural Texas Venture Labs Scholarship with his pitch for GrillMobile, got an early start in entrepreneurship. A very early start.
While just a kindergartner, Courtney’s first taste of being an entrepreneur came when he began trading currency at his school. Using the four quarters his mom would give him for the 90-cent school lunch, Courtney would make a pitch to the other students, “I’ll trade you this shiny piece of silver for that wrinkled piece of paper.” His classmates would always make the trade and he would net three dollars every day.
Eventually, school administrators caught wind of what Courtney was up to and gave his mom a call, threatening to kick her son out of school. But instead of punishing the young entrepreneur, Courtney’s mom explained that if he wanted to do business he needed to offer something of value to his customers. She also convinced the administration not to kick him out of Read more ›
The MBA Veterans Career Conference in Chicago is one of the newer national MBA conferences. This year marked their sixth annual conference, with 31 corporate sponsors and 335+ students in attendance. I was stoked to see 18 McCombs students signed up; we had the largest group of students in attendance after the University of Chicago. I decided to attend to support our students onsite and to connect with diversity and/or military recruiters—another touch point with these companies, many of which we already have a recruiting relationship with.
There are several factors unique to the MBA Veterans Career Conference which sets it apart from other national career conferences. Unlike the other national conferences (NBMBAA, NSHMBA, etc.) which are open to all MBA students, only MBA students who are veterans (U.S. or their home country) can attend.
Also, employers who sign up as a sponsor can access candidate resumes/profiles all year long. The benefit of signing up as an MBA candidate goes much longer than just the conference itself. Three years ago during his second year at McCombs, Mark Hayes Read more ›