"Considered to be"?
Not to be! Just "Considered".
"Regarded to be"?
Not to be! Just "Regarded AS"
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Verbal scores, or to take arms against a sea of of improper GMAT idioms, and by opposing, end them?
"Considered to be"?
Not to be! Just "Considered".
"Regarded to be"?
Not to be! Just "Regarded AS"
The Potato Paradox is as follows:
Suppose a potato that is 99% water and 1% “essence of potato” is dehydrated such that it is now 98% water and 2% EOP. What percent of its original weight does the drier potato now weigh?
(Be very careful to explicitly write out the math. The potato loses more water than you think!)
Our assistant also wrote the following executive summary. Who knows? You may not even need to go to business school after reading it ; )
Just kidding. But seriously, have a look. Chapters and summaries:
If you found the summary useful, you might be interested in buying the full book.
I asked my assistant to make an executive summary, which I share with you here:
“Street smarts” that one should know but that can’t be taught in a classroom
Business is a “duel”—to win, must stay one step ahead of competitors
Innovation, creativity, and intuition are as important as technicalities that are taught in MBA programs
Part 1: People
Chap 1: Reading people
Must understand potential and current clients—what they want, are motivated by, etc.
Can deduce this from observation; must get their guards down and make them feel comfortable if they are to behave and speak sincerely
Important clues—posture, tone, facial expression, etc.
Listen more, talk less
First impressions are important; convey warmth, competence, and detachment
Don’t let people know how much you know about them, and be selective with what you let them know you know and in what manner you do this
Chap. 2: Creating impressions
How to build a good reputation
Many small, sincere gestures are better than a few grand ones that could be interpreted as phony
Secretary/receptionist should interact with clients in a way that mirrors desired image—if your receptionist is rude, that reflects poorly on you
Dress well—people stereotype based on clothing; use that to your advantage
Keep promises and go the extra mile to be nice, compromise, etc.
Common sense and humor are most important; putting people at ease and maintaining perspective
Chap 3: Taking the edge
Take advantage of other people’s perceptions of you
Take initiative in social and business situations, but don’t rush or act without thinking
Take all possible opportunities—unknown which will pay off, so invest broadly (but wisely)
Discipline—know when to act, and when to wait
Chap 4: Getting ahead
Some people fail and some succeed—this is because they know (or don’t know) what they are capable of, and act accordingly
Contextualize failure and success
Say “I don’t know,” “I need help,” and “I was wrong”—shows humility and sincerity
Part 2: Sales and negotiation
Chap 5: The problem of selling
When selling, buyer and seller are unconsciously and consciously weighing pros and cons of transaction
Salesmanship is very important even in non-sales contexts
Most ideas that don’t succeed don’t because they were timed badly, not because they were necessarily bad ideas
Be patient, try multiple times, and wait for good opportunities
Renew contracts when people are happy, not when deal is expiring
Be efficient with people’s time
Chap 7: Silence
Be comfortable with silences; they force/allow other party to talk without making you overshare
End meetings on positive note
Chap 8: Marketability
Connection between product/service and consumer
Market according to consumer perception of product
Be enthusiastic about product
Consider what they want and emphasize those facets of product
Imaging—get people to associate certain traits that they value with the product, to increase its value
Chap 9: Stratagems
Sell with different strategies depending on situation
Must be able to answer the questions: 1) what is the customer’s need? 2) who is making the purchase?
Make customer feel like they are smart for choosing your product
Make them feel like the product is already theirs
Sell directly and alone to the highest-authority person—one-on-one deals allow for more personalized sales tactics
Limit choices—alternatives can compromise perceptions of your product
Don’t overuse visual aids—not necessary for quality product
Chap 10: Negotiating
Getting people to buy is more complicated than establishing terms of purchase
What is the exact thing for sale?
When will the buyer benefit from their purchase?
Where can and can’t buyer use the product?
How unique is the product?
How much time and money will this purchase save or consume?
Let buyer make first offer—it shows what they think product is worth. If the offer is high, accepting it makes them feel like they are making a deal
Don’t take low offers personally, and ask why if they offer something that doesn’t benefit you—if they aren’t deliberately doing this, they will make better offer
Present deal as mutually beneficial
If you know their deadline, make the deal feel urgent
Stick to position and know whether you are ahead or behind
Will you use legal contract or informal agreement? Both have pros and cons based on trust between participants, size of deal, etc.
Part 3: Running a business
Chap 11: Building a business
Be aware of all steps between current state of business and desired state of business
Don’t grow business beyond what management can handle
Diversify and expand after management is stable
Chap 12: Staying in business
Business becomes harder to manage as it grows
Systems change and things that may work early on won’t work later/vice versa
Maintain structure and make employees feel necessary
Don’t let policy become dogma; evolve it with company’s progress
Balance between successful precedent and innovation
Balance flexibility and consistency
Pay salaries and bonuses according to employee value; low wage and high bonus at beginning to incentivize them, and make them aware of dollar value of benefits—increase salary with experience so that long-term employees feel that they are progressing
Criticize and praise in balance
Give employees agency in their tasks
Prioritize long-term over short-term gains; quality is important and can be seen as an investment in your own business’s long-term success
Chap 13: Getting things done
Be organized and in control of schedule
Plan for the future
Record details simply but accurately
Write down ideas as they come up
Plan next day at the end of each day; expand to weekly, monthly, and yearly plans
Adhere to schedule
Account for human behavior of colleagues and associates
Make calls, rather than receiving them, and end calls as soon as objective is accomplished
Be aware of own habits and behaviors, and account for them
Make decisions quickly and don’t overanalyze
Use simple and specific memos
Maintain a tidy workplace, where necessary information can be easily found
Chap 14: For entrepreneurs only
Be emotionally committed to your work
Examine motives before starting new business, and be aware of problems that will come up
Implement existing skills and strengths, and be practical
Money is not a sufficient motivator, especially not at first
Pay low but compromise with stock and/or bonuses
Be cautious in partnerships
Prepare for potential failure
Lessons from sports:
Don’t be complacent
Don’t be arrogant
If you’re reading this, you’re nobody’s fool – you know to clean-up your social media presence before you start applying, right? We all make mistakes (looking at you Gov. Northam!), but you don’t need a reminder to clean-up your messes, right?
Good, glad we got that out of the way; now, we can have some fun.
Think about the “bad” aspects of social media – the “fake” news, the witch-hunts, the trolling.
What do they all have in common?
I’d say their most important commonality is a complete lack of critical thinking. Face it, we should know better: so many of those stories can’t possibly be true.
I think these “panics” demonstrate an important economic insight: rational ignorance. For most of us, the truth simply doesn’t matter most of the time; consequently, we don’t bother to investigate. Honestly, think about the most recent conversation you had with anyone about anything: how much of what they said did you investigate in any way? Did you ever bother to consider whether their statements matched their previous statements? The objective evidence? Your previous beliefs?
Was the “truth” of what they said very important to you? Or were you mostly just chatting? Or taking orders? Or giving them? If your boss is wrong, do you care? If you’re wrong, do you care to be set right? If you think about it, we often don’t care about the truth, and, thus, we often don’t bother to look for it.
Why does this matter? Because the MBA admissions officer reading your essay will suffer from rational ignorance: your life will change if he or she makes the wrong decision on your application, but his or her life won’t; consequently, she won’t be trying that hard to get to “know” you.
You need to overcome that rational ignorance – you need to make your application interesting enough to make yourself worth knowing.
So think about social media: what do you read? What catches your eye? Obviously, you can’t talk about the Kardashians or any of that, but why do people like to read about the Kardashians?
Ask yourself what makes clickbait clickbait and how you might be able to incorporate those elements into your own application. How can you increase the conflict in your story? How can raise the stakes?
What do we read? The rise of the unknown, the fall of the privileged, the life and death of the protagonist, the star-crossed lovers, love at first sight – it’s the same basic stories over and over again. These stories work as click-bait, and they work as application essays because they’re common human experiences we all care about.
To put it another way, no one really cares about your award at the I-bank because everyone else has one and because it’s got nothing to do with them, but everybody cares about job loss, bankruptcy, and disgrace because we all share those fears. If your victory over those fears culminated in an award, then that’s a story that will overcome any admission officer’s rational ignorance – even though it’s the same story.
In short, it’s all about presentation, which is precisely why you need our admissions consulting.
By Josh Jones
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