At the beginning of the spring semester, I entered my Negotiations class with a defeatist attitude. I’m going to be awful at this. I hate conflict, I don’t like being aggressive, I don’t like when people are upset with me. I just want to get through these negotiations as quickly as possible without letting others take advantage of me.
Part of being a successful leader is learning what individual leadership styles are effective in your environment and applying them. Experimenting with new and different styles is key, but this can be a delicate matter in the workplace.
If I told you that I had taken nonprofit management this fall, you might think, “Oh, that’s nice — a class about philanthropy. Good for you.”
The trip started with a bang, as we stepped out from our Uber and into the terrific accommodations at the Mayflower, quite the insider hotel. President Harry S. Truman called it “Washington’s second best address.” The location within the city was amazing, and I jogged to the White House before classes each morning, bonding with classmates.
It’s 8 p.m. on a Tuesday — time to get some homework done before falling asleep to Netflix. But tonight, I’m not studying in the library or in my home office. Instead, I’m in aisle two of my local Kroger, staring at the mustard selections.
One sunny afternoon in July, I took a GMAT study guide off the shelf in my local bookstore and skimmed a few pages. I immediately closed it, put it back on the shelf, and said, “Nope!”