The One Thing That Changed How I Think About Risk

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  Last month, I left a comfortable job, affordable apartment, and plenty of good friends in New York City to move to a foreign country for an internship in a new industry (Career Protocol, wink wink, nudge nudge). It was big risk. Once I’d decided to move, I would lay awake in bed at night wondering, did I make the right choice? I knew I … Read More

You can learn charisma in 3 minutes and 34 seconds (with some help from a dancing monkey)

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charisma in 3 minutes

I am obsessed with this video. If you don’t know what you are looking at, this is Francesco Gabbani’s winning performance at the San Remo music festival, which determines Italy’s entry to Eurovision, essentially the European ancestor of America’s Got Talent, but with all musical acts. You can see it has over 4 million views. 2 million of those are mine. Nah. But without hyperbole, … Read More

Real Leaders Don’t Use the Word “Led”

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Leader Verbs

Stop right now and look at your resume. Do you have one or more bullets that start with the word “Led”? You have to get rid of it. The word “led” is a surefire way to identify yourself as an amateur with no real demonstrated leadership potential. That goes double if you are using the word “Lead.” If the word “Lead” is on your resume it’s because … Read More

How to Be a Selfish A** in Job Interviews

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One birthday, I had dinner at a restaurant with some friends. I did the inviting and reserving, and we were all still recovering from major MBA student debt, so when the check came, we shared an awkward moment. It was my birthday, but I had also chosen the restaurant and invited everyone. The appropriate payor was unclear, and everyone sort of subtly averted their gaze … Read More

You’re Doing Your MBA Applications Wrong

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MBA Program Fit

In addition to running Career Protocol, for the past 8 years, I’ve been an MBA admissions consultant with mbaMission – the world’s premier MBA consultancy IMHO. I do that job because bschool apps are really about my two great life passions: self-awareness and communication. MBA program fit. Based on my years of experience helping bright, talented people on this journey, I’ve got some good news for you: You’re doing … Read More

Top 10 Tools for Your Creative MBA Essays

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Creative MBA Essay

You are applying to business school and you are ready to tackle your MBA essays when suddenly, you realize that plugging through weeks or months of GMAT study, revising your resume to make it MBA-ready, corralling two or more recommenders, and crafting your life story in essay form aren’t enough. On top of all of that, some of the world’s most elite MBA programs want you to show them … Read More

Something really important the toilet taught me

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toilet water

When I was 8, I drank toilet water. I was playing truth or dare with some friends, and even at that young age, I was never one to back down from a challenge. The fact that I actually followed through on the dare and lived to tell about it is not what makes this story interesting, though. What makes the story interesting was my rationale … Read More

3 Things to Do Before You Quit

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3 things Before quit

It’s that magical time of year when ambitious young professionals everywhere quit their hard-earned jobs and shuffle off to that hallowed realm we call “The MBA Program.” It’s a small scale mass exodus all over the world. But this post is really applicable to anyone who’s leaving their job at any point and for any reason. That includes if you were laid off for downsizing, … Read More

LinkedIn Profile Protocol for MBAs

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Want to know why a great LinkedIn profile is essential, even if you plan to get your next job on campus? Follow this quick guide to looking good online! You probably already have a LinkedIn profile, but if you are like a lot of MBA students and graduates I talk to, you probably aren’t entirely sure why you should have one or why it’s worthwhile to … Read More