Just the words ‘corporate finance’ rings of something boring and businessy! Yet the MBA course on this has been surprisingly interesting. Fascinating, even. One big learning point for me has been the inaccuracy of the financial metrics that are used within the finance sector. Yet this doesn’t stop professionals from using them. They are aware of the caveats and assumptions in their metrics and they then work with that.
I’m currently taking an Operations Management module on the University of Cambridge Executive MBA course and our list of recommended readings includes a book call The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. It’s described as a “business novel that introduced the theory of constraints and changed how America does business”.
‘Bully’ is a word that stirs emotions in many of us. It may bring back awful memories from your childhood. Or maybe more recent memories if one of your children has had to deal with a bully at school. Bullies make us feel small, hurt us physically and emotionally, and can have a devastating effect on our mental health and wellbeing. But we don’t only encounter bullies at school.
A friend of mine has just spent six weeks working on something that has now turned out to be a waste of time. His friends had questioned him on the effectiveness of the work that he was doing (particularly as he was working long hours including over weekends). He is the same friend, in fact, that gave me a copy of Cal Newport’s Deep Work that points out that an overworked brain can’t filter the relevant from the irrelevant. So why is he in this situation where he has, in fact, spent a huge amount of time on irrelevant work?
We had a presentation skills session last weekend on the Executive MBA course. We were divided into small groups according to how confident we felt at presenting and how we rated our presentation skills. My group were very confident and we ranked ourselves high. And I wondered what we could possibly learn. The answer was a lot!
We recently attended a talk by Rachel Kelly about how to build resilience and well-being. What an inspiring speaker! She spoke of her own experience with mental health issues and how since then she has been working to help remove the stigma around mental health. Her specific focus has been on mainstreaming the research about what works in terms of addressing depression.
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