Saturday, June 20, 2020

How sport prepared me for business success Hult Blog

Written by Marc Ahlers, Global Ambassador and Master Dual Degree student in the Hult Boston Campus Class of 2017. Sports have always been a big part of my life. Not only do I enjoy watching them both in person and on television, but I have also participated in competitive tennis around the world. As a former collegiate tennis player, I learned that being an athlete pays off nowadays. With the French Open, one of the major ATP tennis tournaments in the world around the corner, I have been thinking about how my sports background has helped me in the workplace and in business school. Athletic experiences teach workplace values like teamwork, shared commitment, decision making under pressure, and leadership. Whether it is in class or in the workplace, athletes do better than non-athletes. My coaches told me that, my parents reinforced it, and now I believe it. Just like in competitive sports, business, especially in consulting, is founded upon the dedication to excellence. First of all, let me explain why I transitioned from collegiate tennis to a focus on business education and a career in consulting. After graduating with a dual bachelor degree in International Business and Business Management in May of 2016, I had to make a tough choice. Risk it all and pursue my passion of playing professional tennis, or retire and invest my efforts into the business world. I decided to pursue business because my chances of becoming a top consultant were more favorable than reaching the  top of the tennis game. To me, the business world offers a similar environment. Just like in competitive sports, business—especially consulting—is founded upon the dedication to excellence. As a tennis player, I have developed the attitude, attributes, and behavior to be on the top of my game. And I believe that the same values apply to business: you need to be prepared for change, understand the pitfalls, and find solutions. It was a hard decision at first, but bel ieve me when I say that business and sports are very similar. Its an environment where you need to set high and realistic goals, manage emotions, use positive self-talk, and maintain a positive self-image and attitude. Now, it is time to equally apply them in the comparable â€Å"performance environment† of business, where I desire to  be on the top of my game. [Tweet Teams need leaders that can see through external influences to focus on winning.] Over the course of my tennis career, I learned that there is one key element of playing on a sports team that is a â€Å"must-have† for success in the business world. The ability to look past disappointments and failures is the most important trait and is highly valued in the workplace. All my life, I have won and lost, but I must admit that I have probably lost more than I have won. However, I always got up and kept going because I never wanted to let down my team, my family, and my coach. Just like in business, there were tough times when things were not easy and the future did not look so bright. Nevertheless, I stayed focused and found a way to win eventually. Thus, athletes are great fighters that will give their all to succeed since they are highly achievement-oriented. They learned how to win and lose early in life as most of them started playing sports when they were five or six years old. These skills transfer to the real world. Whether it is in a business school or t he workplace, teams need leaders that can see through external influences and overcome hurdles to focus on winning. Learning how to work together in a collaborative manner is a crucial skill that we need to carry with us throughout our lives, not only in a school or office but also in our personal life. As a student-athlete, I learned to not only be a leader, but also a follower. I understood team roles and knew how to fit in to create an effective and efficient team environment. Overall, athletes are very team-oriented because every single individual and their decisions affect the team’s performance. In college tennis, it takes five players to win a match and thus, if a player gives up and leaves the team behind, chances of winning decrease. The team will suffer. The same holds true for my experience at Hult International Business School. It is a very common practice at Hult to place students in international teams. If the team faces hostility and students venture off on their own to work individually, the team is likely to fail in the long-run. Therefore, learning how to work together in a collaborative manner is a crucial skill that we need to carry with us throughout our lives, not only in a school or office but also in our personal life. Athletes master that skill and st rive in a team environment, where they sometimes have to pick up the slack for a teammate or they need to reach out to others when they struggle themselves. [Tweet Things you do not enjoy are practice for something greater.] Moreover, I learned that I cannot count on luck and opportunities lining up in front of me. I learned that things that I did not like—endless footwork drills, aching muscles, and early-morning conditioning sessions—helped me to prepare for my dream career. Things you do not enjoy are practice for something greater. The glass is always half full and never half empty. Athletes preach that mindset and know that meticulous efforts and enduring pain are steps to victory. Thus, they are self-confident and know that commitment and continuous effort will yield to success in the long-run Last, throughout my college career, my schedule was insane. I had classes, study sessions, strength and mental training, conditioning, practice, work, games, and so forth. Put simply, I had a lot of responsibilities and time was limited. Thus, I learned how to juggle everything as advisors, coaches, professors, and supervisors pulled me in different directions. This turned me into a well-organized and prepared employee and student. There are numerous other aspects that can be mentioned when comparing the workplace and sports, like team bonding and setting SMART goals. So, for all my athletic readers, keep in mind how much your sport can teach you. What you learn may surprise you. Embrace the challenges along the way because they will help you achieve your dreams. For all the non-athletes, if you are already in school and have not yet been exposed to sports, get out there and join a team that caters to adult beginners. It does not necessarily have to be an athletic environment if you feel like a couch potato. Hult, for example, offers a variety of different organizations and clubs that you can join. These environments will teach you very similar skills and help you become a favorite of future hiring managers. Marc Ahlers is a Dual Masters degree student in Finance and International  Business at the Hult Boston campus. His experience in working with KPMG in Germany has motivated him to pursue a career in management consulting.  He was an international collegiate student-athlete at Northwest Missouri State University, where he won conferences and regionals. Apart from professional tennis, Marc is also passionate about traveling. Kickstart your career in this education and innovation hotspot by studying at Hults Boston business school. To find out more, take a look at our blog Hult scores in top 20 in The Economist’s Which MBA? ranking for 2019. Download a brochure or get in touch today to find out how Hult can help you to learn about the business world, the future, and yourself. 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We look for diverse students with a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and interests—students who will thrive in our unique educational atmosphere. Are you ready for a truly global experience? 📠¸: @iambrunadiniz . Each year, Hult seeks to enroll a talented and ambitious incoming class from all over the world. We look for diverse students with a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and interests—students who will thrive in our unique educational atmosphere. Are you ready for a truly global experience? 📠¸: @iambrunadiniz . We’re excited to start 2020 on a ranking high! Hult is proud to have been placed #28 in Poets Quants 2020 rankings for Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the US. Taking a huge leap of 32 places from our 2019 position, we’re also very happy to have secured top positions in key categories like: life-changing experience, practicality of the degree, and global immersion. . With five global campuses, a student body of over 130 nationalities, and a learn-by-doing approach—Hult offers a student experience like no other. . We’re excited to start 2020 on a ranking high! Hult is proud to have been placed #28 in Poets Quants 2020 rankings for Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the US. Taking a huge leap of 32 places from our 2019 position, we’re also very happy to have secured top positions in key categories like: life-changing experience, practicality of the degree, and global immersion. . With five global campuses, a student body of over 130 nationalities, and a learn-by-doing approach—Hult offers a student experience like no other. . â€Å"I’m from an engineering background and needed a whole new skill set for the industry I wanted to switch to. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with being out of my comfort zone. I learned both soft and hard skills, from how to work in very diverse teams to key accounting metrics and strategy. I was surprised by how weak I was at certain tasks in English or how strong I actually was in other areas. Hult gave me opportunities to try new things and meet people from places I never thought I would have friends. . My internship experiences gave me the chance to broaden my view of different cultures and different companies. I had the opportunity to work and live with people whose values differed from people in my home country. I thought that this would be difficult, but it gave me the chance to reflect on my own values and assess if they were a result of my home country environment or if they were intrinsically mine. . Diederick ter Kulve (@diederick.terkulve) Netherlands Masters in International Business . â€Å"I’m from an engineering background and needed a whole new skill set for the industry I wanted to switch to. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with being out of my comfort zone. I learned both soft and hard skills, from how to work in very diverse teams to key accounting metrics and strategy. I was surprised by how weak I was at certain tasks in English or how strong I actually was in other areas. Hult gave me opportunities to try new things and meet people from places I never thought I would have friends. . My internship experiences gave me the chance to broaden my view of different cultures and different companies. I had the opportunity to work and live with people whose values differed from people in my home country. I thought that this would be difficult, but it gave me the chance to reflect on my own values and assess if they were a result of my home country environment or if they were intrinsically mine. . Diederick ter Kulve (@diederick.terkulve) Netherlands Masters in International Business . Say a big hello to our Bachelor of Business Administration program cover star, Elisa Orus Plana âÅ" ¨ . â€Å"I’m excited for the future—especially that I cant predict whats going to happen. Maybe Ill end up in Mexico working for a trading company or maybe in Africa, developing my own business. Everything is possible, and the options are constantly changing. I love the idea that Im never going to be stuck doing the same job until the end of my life if I dont want it to be like this. . Hult really supports me and my ambitions and truly believes that we deserve to be considered as professionals as well as students. Here, I get to express not just my opinions but all elements of myself. From my creative side with the Fashion Society to my finance and business sides in Trading Club and the Management Consulting Club. We get a different type of learning here. Not just essential knowledge and theory, but practical skills and mindset. The school is always evolving. We’re encouraged to innovate and to always look for new ways of doing traditional things. We learn how to be more confident and become aware of how we can impact our environment. The school aims to help you become a better version of yourself and to stand out from the crowd.â€Å" . Elisa Orus Plana French Bachelor of Business Administration Class of 2021 Say a big hello to our Bachelor of Business Administration program cover star, Elisa Orus Plana âÅ" ¨ . â€Å"I’m excited for the future—especially that I cant predict whats going to happen. Maybe Ill end up in Mexico working for a trading company or maybe in Africa, developing my own business. Everything is possible, and the options are constantly changing. I love the idea that Im never going to be stuck doing the same job until the end of my life if I dont want it to be like this. . Hult really supports me and my ambitions and truly believes that we deserve to be considered as professionals as well as students. Here, I get to express not just my opinions but all elements of myself. From my creative side with the Fashion Society to my finance and business sides in Trading Club and the Management Consulting Club. We get a different type of learning here. Not just essential knowledge and theory, but practical skills and mindset. The school is always evolving. We’re encouraged to innovate and to always look for new ways of doing traditional things. We learn how to be more confident and become aware of how we can impact our environment. The school aims to help you become a better version of yourself and to stand out from the crowd.â€Å" . Elisa Orus Plana French Bachelor of Business Administration Class of 2021"> During the final days of 2019, you probably reflected on what you’ve accomplished this year—and even this decade—and what you’d like to achieve in 2020. Let us know in the comments below. During the final days of 2019, you probably reflected on what you’ve accomplished this year—and even this decade—and what you’d like to achieve in 2020. Let us know in the comments below. â€Å"The first time we did group work on the program, I went head-to-head with a colleague. It taught me a lot about how I see people, how people see me, and how conflict can be resolved in a kind and productive way. The best feedback you get, when delivered constructively, is the most critical because it really feeds into how you lead. I’ve completely reversed my leadership style—the result is so much richer and more powerful when you lead from behind and lead with strength. . Studying in tandem with working, whilst challenging, gave me the perfect platform to directly apply learning concepts into my business environment, the competitive landscape, and the real-estate industry as a whole. When I started the program, I was very happy in my corporate role. But my courage and aspirations grew to the point that I took on a whole new direction. Having my career coach, Joanna, as a sounding board allowed me to really be strategic and get to know myself. She coached me thro ugh all the interviews, the research, and the questions. It went in parallel with what I was doing academically and after six months everything just clicked. . I went into the EMBA knowing I had nothing to lose and I’ve come out with everything. Great strength, global friends, amazing learning, mentors from professors, a job I love, and the knowledge that I can set my mind to achieve anything and with the right support and resources I’ll get there.† . Kashani Wijetunga British, New Zealand Sri Lankan Associate Director Senior Strategy Consultant CBRE EMBA Class of 2019 . â€Å"The first time we did group work on the program, I went head-to-head with a colleague. It taught me a lot about how I see people, how people see me, and how conflict can be resolved in a kind and productive way. The best feedback you get, when delivered constructively, is the most critical because it really feeds into how you lead. I’ve completely reversed my leadership style—the result is so much richer and more powerful when you lead from behind and lead with strength. . Studying in tandem with working, whilst challenging, gave me the perfect platform to directly apply learning concepts into my business environment, the competitive landscape, and the real-estate industry as a whole. When I started the program, I was very happy in my corporate role. But my courage and aspirations grew to the point that I took on a whole new direction. Having my career coach, Joanna, as a sounding board allowed me to really be strategic and get to know myself. She coached me thro ugh all the interviews, the research, and the questions. It went in parallel with what I was doing academically and after six months everything just clicked. . I went into the EMBA knowing I had nothing to lose and I’ve come out with everything. Great strength, global friends, amazing learning, mentors from professors, a job I love, and the knowledge that I can set my mind to achieve anything and with the right support and resources I’ll get there.† . Kashani Wijetunga British, New Zealand Sri Lankan Associate Director Senior Strategy Consultant CBRE EMBA Class of 2019 . â€Å"It was now or never. I knew that I’d have likely stayed in my neighborhood for years to come if I didn’t take this opportunity. I’d not lived or studied outside of the U.S. before. So I left my job as a global strategist at an advertising agency and moved halfway around the world. I’ve come back a more culturally aware, well-versed person. I’ve realized that everything is a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Ill definitely carry this mindset with me into the future. Technology and social media allow us to be different people in several places at once. Im excited to see how I can establish myself in whatever city Ill be lucky enough to call home and still maintain deep connections with people all over the world. I’m inspired by my classmates every day. Hearing some of their life stories and how getting this degree fits into their greater mission has been very humbling. My biggest challenge has been finding the ‘right’ path for me. There have been rooms Ive felt like I shouldnt be in, but now Im proud to feel as though I truly belong, wherever I am.† . Dwayne Logan, Jnr. American MBA Class of 2019 . â€Å"It was now or never. I knew that I’d have likely stayed in my neighborhood for years to come if I didn’t take this opportunity. I’d not lived or studied outside of the U.S. before. So I left my job as a global strategist at an advertising agency and moved halfway around the world. I’ve come back a more culturally aware, well-versed person. I’ve realized that everything is a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Ill definitely carry this mindset with me into the future. Technology and social media allow us to be different people in several places at once. Im excited to see how I can establish myself in whatever city Ill be lucky enough to call home and still maintain deep connections with people all over the world. I’m inspired by my classmates every day. Hearing some of their life stories and how getting this degree fits into their greater mission has been very humbling. My biggest challenge has been finding the ‘right’ path for me. There have been rooms Ive felt like I shouldnt be in, but now Im proud to feel as though I truly belong, wherever I am.† . Dwayne Logan, Jnr. American MBA Class of 2019 . Happy New Year, Hultians! . Happy New Year, Hultians! .

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What If My Research Term Paper is Not Completed?

What If My Research Term Paper is Not Completed?If you are a college student who has been looking to take on a research term paper, then this may be the time for you to read this article. In this article, we will talk about what will happen if you get a research term paper that is not completed and ask you to see what you can do to fix it.This type of paper usually asks students to write about possible topics that they are interested in. They normally ask about things like the history of someone's life, a certain religion, sports, or anything else that is going to be of interest to the student. After students have done their research and written a research term paper, they are expected to present it to the professor for grading and to be evaluated for a grade.If you do get a research term paper that is not completed, you need to ask yourself what you are going to do with it. You can either give it back to the professor, which can create another big problem for you. This can make you look like a slacker or it can also hurt your grade and this is something that you don't want to happen. You want to make sure that you are giving it back to the professor and that you are giving the grade that you deserve.If you don't get that piece of paper graded or the grade is not as high as you had hoped for, then you need to find out why the grade was so low. There could be something that you could have done differently that would have caused the professor to give you a better grade, so it is important that you figure out what the problem is and how you can fix it.If you have the paper graded but it is still not as high as you had hoped for, then you can start working on it. Since it is a research term paper, you want to focus on the things that you are most passionate about. Find the things that you love the most and try to connect them to the topic of the paper. When writing about this topic, you want to connect the topic to other things that you know.When writing, always as k for help when necessary. The professor may not be available all of the time, so getting some outside help is a good idea. It is also important that you have someone look over your paper.You want to make sure that you are sending a high enough grade for you to receive the final grade that you are expecting. This is a small detail, but it can affect your grade, and if you aren't happy with the grade, you won't do very well at school.

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay - 1537 Words

In high school I was assigned to read, do various assignments on, and even be tested about the classic novel, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Unfortunately I decided to take the unethical route to not read the book and instead used sparknote summaries to get by. I chose to read The Lord of the Flies for my elective assignment not only to make amends for the unethical decisions of my boyhood years but more importantly to analyze the ethical decisions the characters are faced with in the story and try to apply them to my own life, especially focusing on the qualities of ethical leadership. One of the main overtones in the Lord of the Flies is the battle between utilitarian and egoistic leadership. I have seen this battle all throughout my own life in different situations like how my bosses have handled themselves or the different styles of leadership I saw from the various leaders I worked with on my mission. This book gives a great example of each of these different ways to lead. Ralph is by no means a perfect leader, we read about many of his faults all throughout the story, but he is a leader seeking to provide the greatest benefit to the most people. Whether it is keeping their signal fire burning strong so that all may be rescued or working together to build shelters so that they may all be protected by the elements, Ralph almost always tries to focus his leadership on helping out the masses. Jack on the other hand is all about egoism, an unethicalShow MoreRelatedLord Of The Flies By William Golding869 Words   |  4 PagesLord of the Flies Psychology Sometimes people wear fake personas like a cloak over their shoulders, used to hide what is really underneath. This harsh reality is witnessed in William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies, a novel that is famous for not only its sickening plot, but also for the emotional breakdowns all of its characters experience. 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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Essay about Graduation Speech - 1220 Words

Ah, life eh? Hello Class of 2012. There are so many things to say to you. I feel so privileged to get to speak to everyone, and there is so much to say. We have come to this point in our lives that many have come to before us. I almost feel like I have done it already, having watched people grow up and graduate before. But now today it is our turn to really do it. To walk this aisle, to sit in the seats, and to play with these tassels. It seems like so long ago and it seems like just yesterday, those perils of adolescence. Brier Terrace Middle School, just seething with awkwardness and emotions, was where I spent most of my days, chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, playing some b-ball outside of my school. One of my most†¦show more content†¦In other activities, we have all made names for ourselves. Athletically, many have achieved incredible things. People have gone to state meets and tournaments, lettered in varsity sports and maybe even have been named team captain for a season or two. In our music and drama departments, students have excelled, securing coveted spots in our schools top bands, orchestras and choirs. Some have put their talents to work and gotten the lead in our school plays or been put in charge backstage making entire musicals go smoothly. All of the clubs at school have had students from our class named as presidents, editors or producers. Our class every year has had its very own government, naming people as our president, vice-president and so on. So much has happened in our lives because of Green Terrace High School and what it has to offer. Individually, something there in that building formed who we are right now and what person we have become. For everything we have accomplished and made of ourselves, there is so much to say. 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