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The Babson MBA, One Year Later




Graduation is a happy day for everyone. My daughter's reaction was to ask "why are you wearing a dress daddy?"

Graduation is a happy day for everyone. My daughter's reaction was to ask "why are you wearing a dress daddy?"

A little over one year ago, I finished up my final coursework for my MBA from Babson College. The program I completed was the Fast Track MBA. For two years, I was part of a cohort of 88 classmates who met face-to-face every six weeks on Fridays and Saturdays, while also completing weekly assignments, discussions and attending lectures online. On average I spent about 20 hours a week studying and fulfilling the requirements for the Babson Fast Track MBA, while continuing to spend my normal 50+ plus hours a week working full-time. 

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Rugby Refereeing and Business




It's an Acme Thunderer. The official whistle for Rugby.

It's an Acme Thunderer. The official whistle for Rugby.

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller – “Life moves pretty fast on the rugby pitch”. No other sport has the equivalent number of players on the field with so few officials. In Rugby there is one official, always addressed as Sir or Ma’am, and 30 players playing for 2 40-minute halves.

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Making Way For New Talent




A great breakaway forcing a missed tackle and an Old Gold player is on his way to another try.

A great breakaway forcing a missed tackle and an Old Gold player is on his way to another try.

This summer at a rugby match I was watching an formerly good player play a position at which he once excelled, but was now half a step too slow to be consistently effective. His play calling was perfect and he found the defensive holes to exploit, but now instead of getting his passes off cleanly, he was getting tackled and losing scoring opportunities.  He was at a point in his career when he needed to share his expertise from the sidelines as a coach and let someone else step into his role as a team captain.

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The Importance of Labeling




This model has been a workhorse producing labels for years.

This model has been a workhorse producing labels for years.

Recently I was labeling some bulk spices in the kitchen larder using a P-Touch Labeler  – can you tell the difference between fennel seed and caraway seed, well neither can I without a label –  And I thought about the times, places, whys and whens I’ve used a P-Touch Labeler and what I put on those labels.

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Your First Hire as a Manager




Saying these two words is almost as much fun as hearing them.

Saying these two words is almost as much fun as hearing them.

You always remember your first hire, especially when ultimately it’s your decision to make, and not one made by a hiring committee. Being promoted into a managerial role is a big step in every career – in addition to more responsibility, the work is usually more interesting and sometimes the pay and benefits are better.

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