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  • content of the class is especially interesting the day to day classroom dynamic this semester may have been a bit less than hoped for though I ll note that this dynamic is likely the result of a combination of factors number of 1Ls in the class number of 3Ls in the class professor style being second semester bad classroom etc not just the professor More importantly however may be the fact that I ve got a few big picture things on my mind which seem to be taking precedent over any singular class I ve got a few business ideas that I m working on I ve got some improvements to my website in the works I m in the process of making some important partnerships I have a few plans I m trying to finalize for summer 2010 And I also have a interesting opportunities in the works for summer 2011 So for me the year or even the week doesn t end with finals I ve got to keep moving things along for a few weeks after finals and in reality will be just as busy up until I start work on June 1 In essence I m running past the finals Finish Line In any event I do have to get back to studying so I ll keep this post short I suspect this is going to be a pretty long night of studying especially if I decide to head to a Cinco De Mayo get together later this afternoon as I m currently planning to do Fortunately employment law is interesting Tags Exams Finals Law School Wednesday May 5th 2010 Law School 4 Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social

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  • week and communicated with a diverse group of students and professional all across the US on careers and admissions issues And nearly nine months later the morning after my last exam many of us feel like it all finally paid off because 1L is finally over Most people I see now are finally smiling again Others have a skip in their step and are stopping to talk and shake hands more often than they were last week And many people have taken off for vacations or begun the writing competition for the law school journal Personally I ve spent the last few days catching up on my blog posts scheduling a couple of upcoming business trips reconnecting with old friends at Kellogg and at the law school and also hanging out with an awesome old friend from MLT and her friends from Chicago who came to town for the week But more important than many of these great activities is that now I also have time to reflect and think about the world again something that s hard to do in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of 1L or any year in law school for that matter This morning I ve read a few articles and looked at a few pictures about the earthquake that hit Haiti in January the volcano that erupted in Iceland the oil spill that approached Louisiana the Goldman Sachs corporate governance fiasco and the hot button immigration issue in Arizona that s taking the world by storm I m taking the time to think about these events and how I can better understand them and maybe even make a difference After all that s why all of us came here to law school and to business school right To gain new opportunities all over the world And to learn how to understand these global issues and also how to effectively analyze them in a way that s meaningful and deliver a message about them in a way that s compelling And upon reflection all the complaints I ve heard and made about 1L struggles have begun to fade And they ve been replaced with thinking about how we can leverage our new experiences and skills to increase the odds of having impact Some of us by making a lot of money and giving back to organizations Others by pushing the agenda as change agents in public service or government agencies And another group of future entrepreneurs or politicians who want to roll up their sleeves and drive change from the ground floor So I look forward to continuing to catch up on the issues to learning more about them and maybe even discussing a few here on my site over the summer And in the end at graduation I also look forward to using my new experiences and skills from the JD MBA program to figure out how to help and how to create change not only through written posts and articles

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  • perspectives began in different places which made for an interesting conversation Conventional wisdom suggests that finance is king That company performance is tied to financial metrics and that understanding those is critical to communicate with investors and eventually move the company forward And as you might guess her perspective was more similar to conventional wisdom than mine was She valued her accounting training in undergrad and her post graduate experience and gave her view on the important of that knowledge in CFO level role She was also happy that she didn t get drilled too badly on technical questions in her MBA interviews And that s a a really nice advantage Similarly I ve heard the same story from a few high level leaders over the past few years in my career In an old post last year comparing HBS and Kellogg I wrote about a Bain recruiting event where I heard this from a Senior Manager at the firm He said That finance is the language of business and if you don t know finance and accounting you probably won t get to the top And even if you did you wouldn t survive for too long because you can t speak effectively to the CFO can t compel shareholders to invest and may not understand some of the typical economics cycles of the company My professional mentor and Partner at another large consulting firm agreed as he studied finance accounting and engineering in college On the other hand there is a viewpoint that differs from conventional wisdom Business gurus like Peter Drucker suggest that culture will eat strategy for breakfas t and at the same time Political leaders like Colin Powell say that the best leaders know that communications values are most important to maximize your impact I think the main idea is that cultural factors are important because they have the potential to create divisions in a company and the potential to also create connections which form communities and drive the actions the work in business In a recent interview at a consulting firm my interviewer referenced team culture and referenced the Pittsburgh airport test in choosing new hires at the firm Similarly in his exit interview from HBS a few years ago Dean Kim Clark said the exact same thing That he wished he would have engaged in leadership in his role sooner And that HBS and other schools look for cross cultural leaders first before anything else And that includes technical skills The main lesson I take away is that anthropology and accounting culture and strategy are both important 1 Without culture you won t make people feel valued and enjoy their environment and they ll be naturally less productive and committed to their work 2 On the other hand without finance you won t always be able to understand the most important business issues and won t be able to execute a strategy that drives a company forward to operate in today s complex

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  • one of my readers sent along a great article about the college majors of CEOs The premise of the article is that there are a number of top CEOs that did not study business in undergrad Instead these business leaders and entrepreneurial tycoons took more unconventional academics paths They studied philosophy medicine psychology medieval studies and English The article also suggests that philosophy might just give them the exact skill set they needed in order to lead at these big companies The article is titled Accidental Moguls College Majors of Top CEOs and I put a short blurb on the article below You can also click here to read the article now Thanks everyone for continuing to read my website And a special thanks to those of you who send in positive and useful feedback such as recommendations for posts Please keep reading And be well TITLE Accidental Moguls College Majors of Top CEOs AUTHOR Business Week Bloomberg Lavelle Louis BLURB See below for article blurb Not every corporate chieftain studies business in college Many of them major in history psychology or even philosophy It may be one reason why they succeed In this the graduation season the thoughts of college students naturally turn to the four years behind them the lifetime ahead of them and the connections between the two For business students especially those with the biggest of corporate ambitions this is a particularly introspective time Role models seem to be everywhere whether it s the rags to riches story the brilliant entrepreneur or the middle manager turned MBA turned corporate leader It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that a lot of big company chief executive officers studied business in college After all click here to continue Tags Careers Finance Tuesday May 18th 2010 Careers

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  • connections I make And the good news is that if can manage that part of connecting with others than the timing may not make a difference in the end On the other hand the more urgent you need the help the more likely it is that you may come off as desperate and less sincere And if that s the case I suspect that those characteristics will probably be evident to those you re speaking to And so if it is the case that you have greater urgency than I d say that be transparent about it Because that way you re still being sincere and you can still build a relationship based on trust and honesty and as a result maximize its impact 2 Find the right people To that end it might also make sense to ensure that you connect with the most appropriate people up front in order to maximize your chance to get sincere connections Because your questions will be related to the things they know best and your interests will be highly correlated with their passions I ve read a few books by Keith Ferrazzi he and I share a uniquely similar background in almost every respect and one of the main things he emphasizes is that to really connect with people you have to find a way to become part of the things that are most interesting to them or most important And relating back to point number one I personally would be careful not to manufacture that process Because in the end sincere connections those built on trust and on honesty are the ones that will last but conversely those manufactured for personal gain often don t And this may be especially important when you re networking with the right crowd because that crowd may be in your target industry and it s best not to hurt those relationships in the long run 3 Channel your aggression To points one and two there s nothing at all wrong with being aggressive Being aggressive in your career journey is important In fact critical Being aggressive at a conference or at a networking session is also important After all almost everyone who s made it to the top has been aggressive at some point In the end though you have to balance being aggressive in your career search which includes networking along with being respectful showing class showing respect for other people s time and having a real genuine interest not only in the careers you seek but also in the people you meet speak to and who take the time out of their day to help you Because in the end many of them are busy and are being generous by helping so you don t want to simply take up their time without showing patience and appreciation So from that angle I don t necessarily like the words passive or aggressive when it comes to networking I similarly don t like the word

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  • decided that I ll be presenting on Labor Economics and the state of the labor force in the Latino community There s a lot of good stuff out there But more importantly as I continue to say here on my website I believe that the labor force is the big issue of our time I think the key to giving a good presentation will be engaging the audience And compelling them with interesting information Fortunately my topic lends itself well to that But I plan to spend the next week or so figuring out how to be effective In a recent article I read that the human body is capable of experiencing over 5 000 emotions But in the course a single work week most people only experience a dozen of them To me means there s a lot of opportunity to evoke emotions that people tend not to have because they spend so much time on work family and other day to day things Emotions like fears vulnerabilities concerns and motivations And that s what the current economy has done to a lot of people Made them fear being of out work Become vulnerable to admit and discuss their fears and perceived failures Feel concern for friends and family who struggle with those fears And then find motivation to overcome their circumstances So there s a lot to work with and I hope I ll be able to come up with something good Overall it should be an interesting event The variety of presentations should be interesting the rewards of the conference should be manyfold and it will be a great way to meet a lot of new people As always stay tuned to hear how things turn out PS I ll also note that not only do I

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  • at a time become adept at cutting through information and learn to work in a way that is cumulative On the other hand it s not always the best setting for those who need to manage chaotic and overbooked schedules For many people this means that you have to be more aware being sure to finish uncompleted tasks understanding how much time to allocate to competing priorities crossing things off your to do lists and then moving on to the next ones This is especially important for people like me who always default to focusing on the bigger picture have a high number of seemingly disconnected interests and overbook their schedules with zeal and optimism of changing the world often leaving lots of work to finish during the midnight hours and limited time to finish it The good news for me though is that my jam packed schedule isn t for lack of focus and most of my activities are part of organizations and activities that I want to be part of not only for career or networking opportunities but also for the skill building and because I want to have impact n those arenas Also because some activities are similar there are some economies of scale which I can take advantage of So I don t mind burning the midnight oil in most cases because I ve got a few very specific things I m doing and very specific goals in mind In my view the more specific you are about what you want to do the more likely it is that you ll accomplish it Sure part of that is establishing relationships with people and with organizations both of which I love doing On the other hand though it is also about achieving results and getting things done

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  • friends and family members because they tend to give a lot of positive reinforcement which is not always what you need But people still tend to default here That s because but finding real connections let alone mentors is hard For some people it takes months even years to find someone who understands you and cares for you and your goals And so going through the networking process you asked about tends to be the best way to do that That means continually engaging with new people getting and giving new information and over time connecting with others Unfortunately this kind of reaching is no easy feat and there s a lot of grunt work involved It takes a lot of thoughtfulness as you write emails make calls and navigate your way to finding new connections Similarly you have to know more about your target industries and have a better sense of who you are as you go out to meet with these people so you re sure not to waste their time And as a result of that it takes time energy and perseverance But so do all relationships right Staying in close touch with friends and family during 1L was almost impossibly hard for every single person I knew Similarly working toward any dating relationship often takes a lot of time and effort In my opinion there s not much difference Nonetheless the grunt work involved in networking tends to keep people from really engaging in the reaching out process I do realize though that everyone is different and that one person s propensity to reach out people may be different than mine or than yours So in some respects you have to do what you re comfortable with so you can be effective when you do meet new people On the other hand I d also strongly recommend pushing yourself out of your comfort zone just a bit and reaching out more than you might otherwise get in touch with especially now as you seek information on business school and careers After all if you don t get comfortable with it now you ll be forced to on the first day of business school a year from now not to mention for years to come afterward Now I ll respond more practically to a few of the things you mentioned First my opinion is that there s absolutely no need to have any initial fright because there s a pretty large many people who would be willing help someone in your shoes Most people that you d be reaching out to tend to be proud of their institutions school and employers And even if they re not they tend to be proud of the advice they can offer Similarly a lot of people are looking for ways to give back to their communities and to those who may want to follow in their footsteps I mean consider the reverse What if someone came up to you and

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