May 19, 2009, 5:00 am

What I Have Learned From My MBA Colleagues Part 3

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: MBA
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Miss “Y”

Just by the name of that person, I know that some people (Genius) will have a good laugh! The fun part about this series is there are actually some people in my MBA reading my blog 😉 Since it became a great part of my life, I decided to talk about it in a few conversations. People actually like it and I really don’t mind if people know that I am The Financial Blogger or not.

I didn’t think it would be possible, but I encountered my feminine alter ego in this class; young, fearful and ready to get what she wants. I rarely meet people that are direct and will speak their mind up without thinking if it could hurt people feelings or not. While I try to become more diplomatic over time, it is good to see that I am not alone in this situation 😉

Pareto principle

Miss “Y” is a perfectionist. She will always deliver very high quality work. She is smart and she is not afraid to work like a crazy animal. However, she was the perfect example of where I should draw the line of not. While she is having all the A+, she is working so hard and putting so many hours into it that I really wonder if it’s worth it. I prefer to use the Pareto Principle where 20% of my effort will give me 80% of my result. Therefore, I can use very few energy and get what I really want out of it. I used Miss “Y” to benchmark the work/reward trade off we both have. I realized that I was happy with A’s and didn’t need A+ to feel good. Anyway, MBA grades don’t really matter 😉 It is just nice when you give your marks to your VP so he can sign off and pay for your classes!

Synonym of excellence

We “recruited” Miss “Y” 2 sessions ago. I’m glad we did it because she brings expectation up in our team. We were already working hard and trying to deliver high quality material. However, with her on the team, I feel like I have to deliver something even better. Therefore, we learn more while doing our researches and writing our papers. We push a little bit more to understand key theories and apply them in our day-to-day work. Since I would not feel comfortable to send her “okay” work, I now push a little bit more. Don’t get me wrong, she would not say anything, but since I respect her implication, I feel like I should deliver something good as well.

She is not rough with people, she just want them to work

We get along pretty well because we have a strong point in common: we do not accept lazy people. Those people will always have a good excuse to not meet the deadlines to be late at class or at a meeting. They don’t work, but they believe that they do and that pisses me off. It is nice to see someone else being ticked off by the same kind of person. The point is not to be an ass when we talk to those “lazy people”. We don’t mean to be mean, we just want them to respect other teammates and respect their engagement 😉

So here are the 3 things I learned from this person:

– Use the Pareto principle and quit working hard for the extra 5%… this will require too much effort for nothing.

– When you need to deliver something, do it right the very first time. What you deliver is the picture of yourself!

– When people are lazy, this may be not the best way around, but you are aloud to tell them and smack their head (it’s only an image 😉 ).

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