We are just starting the Fall, 2014 semester (this is only the third day). I thought this might be an appropriate time to share some insights with students who are reading this weblog. There are a number of things that make me go hmmm… Consider this a slightly different take. I want you to understand how to prosper in class (and later in business). Keep in mind that most of the reasons I respond in certain manners is because I am trying to help you define traits and behaviors which will help you succeed in business.
Item 1 – Never, ever, ask me the following question – “Is this what you are looking for on this assignment?” Here is my translation of what the majority are asking (after many years of responding) – “Is this the absolute bare minimum that I need to do to receive a satisfactory grade on this assignment?” From this point forward, I will refuse to answer such a question (and may well direct you to this weblog post). In a business environment, this is a sure way to let your boss know you are uncertain and only trying to do the minimum (think of Wally on Dilbert). It is not a good way to impress anyone. From a business best practice, here is how you should phrase such a question – “How would you suggest I improve on this work/ assignment?” This tells me that you recognize one can always improve and you want to do so. Read more »