Category: Anecdotes

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What ERP and ice cream have in common

Over the past 11 months, I have traveled all over the world as the #NetSuiteNomad. In most countries I have visited in Europe, Africa, and South America, ice is still a luxury. I have learned the word for “ice” in over a dozen languages in order to ask for it in my drinks. This experience...

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Why I put a ring on it, and you should too

There are many upsides to choosing a career in sales (or stumbling into the career as most end up doing). You can make great money, control when you work and when you don’t, network with movers and shakers, and charge fancy client lunches to an expense account. But with all these perks come a serious downside...

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Because I said so…

The gate to my apartment complex is broken. My landlord has decided to attach a large rope to the gate and insists that when anyone opens or closes the gate that they put the rope around the end of the gate to keep it closed – I will never do this. There is no reason...

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How Perspective makes Problems seem Smaller

A friend called me this week in a panic “I need your help, I really messed up.” She was in a panic over a business decision she had made and couldn’t see how she could come back from it. My friend is completing her MBA at Florida State University and works part time at a...

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College to Career

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I intend to keep this blog going through a new phase of my life- post college! I made some big promises to my readers when I first started this blog in November 2011. You can see my very first post here with my definition of...

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What is a Decision Matrix?

Using a Matrix I am a total nerd about this whole job selection thing, that’s why I’m writing a book about it. But stay with me a little longer and the idea of a decision matrix might just change your whole life- I know it changed mine forever. What is a decision matrix? A decision...

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Find a Mentor

By far the most important thing you can do for yourself while in college is find a mentor. Entire books have been written on the benefits of mentorship. While you are a college student it is so easy to get “grown-ups” to help you out. Business professionals love helping out ambitious college students, especially from...

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Ask for a Pony to get a Goldfish

Negotiation is a skill I learned early on. One of my first lessons in sales and negotiation was asking for my first pet. There comes a time in almost every child’s life when they decide they need a pet; unfortunately, that time generally comes before parents think their child is responsible enough to handle a...

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Opportunity Cost

In decision making, opportunity cost is the difference between the net value of the path which was chosen and the net value of the best alternative which was not chosen. I have framed my entire life around this principle. Opportunity cost is not just something you learn in an economics class, it’s a way of life...

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Let’s put Bells on Cats!

There was once a colony of mice terrorized by a cat. They couldn’t come out of their hiding places to explore and search for food, in fear that the cat would attack. Finally, the mice held a meeting to discuss what they could do. Many ideas were proposed. Then, one mouse declared, “We will tie...

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