Grad School: 1, Leah: 2

I completed my hardest course to date: Financial Decision Making. In neither my undergraduate nor graduate career, have I ever been as challenged and perplexed as I was with this class. I know some students, (well most students) put some blame on their professor due to their teaching style or failure to explain the material. If you all were in the class, however, you would understand why I must also blame part of my frustration and difficulty with this course on him. But alas, I finished with a B! Who would’ve thought that right?

I am now on to MBA 630: “Leading in a Multicultural Global Environment”! In this class I will examine issues that relate to contracts, employment law, and potential civil and criminal liability. I will also get the chance to make recommendations on the best legal and organizational structure for a new business (my own)!

Week one started last week and I am already loving this class. I typically do much better in classes that require more papers and less math.

After the intros, we took a quiz to determine where our “business brains” are currently. We then compared our results to those who already have their MBA’s. My score was not too far off from the “masters,” but it did show where I should focus this semester. In addition to taking this quiz, we were also required to complete a GAP analysis. A GAP analysis is something I am now very familiar with since each class has made it a point to complete. The analysis helps you determine where you are, both businesswise and personally, on a scale of 1 to 7. Usually, the GAP analysis is completed twice each semester: once in the beginning and again at the end of the course. The goal is to honestly rank yourself and see where the “gap” is. Once you know, that is what you will work on for that particular semester. This semester I am working on how best to analyze legal documents and how to effectively handle a possible legal dispute in regards to a given company.

This week our task is to analyze three different cases and determine legally and ethically who is at fault and what the consequences should be. The deliverables are three power points (YES!). I guess you could say I get my chance at both being a lawyer and a manger this week.

Once I complete this course, I will be just two classes away from being Leah T. Franklin, MBA and I am thrilled!

In the work world, things are moving very quickly! This type of work requires focus, but also flexibility as things change all the time. With this position, and in this current class, I am learning that being able to adjust to any circumstance is what could separate you from everyone else. And so, I am taking on this mindset as a challenge that I will complete.

Till Next Time, The Game Ain’t Over Yet.

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