Today I am participating in the orientation of new MBA students at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have some simple advice for them that I think could also be used for any new employee or new member of your team (click on the link to learn more):
1. Unless and until you assume full responsibility for yourself, you force others to assume responsibility for you. Self-responsibility is the foundation for truly healthy relationship with others.
2. Excellence is a form of deviance. You become excellent because you do things your peers are unwilling to do.
3. Excuses are irrelevant. You only have yourself to blame for failing to reach your goals.
I’ve reached the point where I want to do things that matter with people that care (Jim Rohn). If you care, you will matter to me. If you don’t care about me or what I do, I will still do my best to care about you because that is my responsibility as a leader. But if you don’t care, please don’t expect to matter – you won’t and you only have yourself to blame.
Going back to school as an adult is not easy. I know because I’ve been there. Getting an MBA requires tremendous sacrifice, and I admire and applaud you for counting the cost and making the commitment. I’ll do my best to help you become better prepared and more effective than before we met if you find your way into one of my classes.
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