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Going through school to get an MBA can take a few years away from your life and work. These days you don’t always have time to take a few years and be a student. You’ve got bills to pay! This list of 100 business blogs can bring you up to speed in the briefcase world so you can take a detour around the MBA education route.

Small Business and Entrepreneur Blogs and Resources
1. Solo Entrepreneur - This site of testimonials and wisdom might be all the push you need to become a solo entrepreneur.
2. Small Biz Survival - If you’re a small town/rural business in these economic times, it can be tough to make it from day to day. With these marketing and financial, make your money woes a thing of the past.
3. The Portal of American Small Business - This site should be bookmarked by small business owners ASAP, as it offers news, reviews, and perspectives that can start saving you money today.
4. About.com: Entrepreneurs - This site helps your own business climb the Fortune 500, and helps you stay motivated while you’re clutching the ladder.
5. The Blog of Tim Ferriss - This blog blends practical entrepreneurial advice with the perspective necessary to help keep your head above the water.
6. Small Business Trends - This sight takes the accumulated tips and tricks from submitted small business trends and offers it as big advice for littler companies.
7. Small Business Brief - If you want small business news in bite-sized chunks, this is it. Quickly play catch-up with the latest online business advice, and read user reviews for just how helpful the advice really is.
8. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur - If you want bootstrapping advice, this is the right place. This fellow created a multi-million dollar tech industry (while sleeping in conference rooms to avoid hotel charges), and after selling that, went on to create a company that found itself in the Fortune 500.
9. Entrepreneur Daily Dose - This site is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, offering advice on sustainability, loan eligibility, and consumer confidence.
10. Successful Entrepreneurial Blog - Another site of practical advice, this site offers advice on credit reform, social networking, and even how swine flu is not so bad for business.
11. Independent Street - This Wall Street Journal blog offers thoughts on small and big business alike, as well as how the government’s financial decisions will affect you.
12. Main Street: Small Business - This small business site offers tips on balancing career, family, and retirement plans.
13. Small Business Blog from Microsoft - Corporate titan Microsoft descends from the throne to offer great advice to small businesses.
14. Small Business CEO - Like the name says, this site offers advice for small business CEOs, such as how to boost online marketing, helpful podcasts, and the benefits of incentives versus larger salaries.
15. The Solopreneur’s Million-Dollar Mindset - This business coach offers in-depth updates on making your business vision a reality.
16. Start-up Toolkit -If you’ve been wanting a one-stop shop for everything you need to start up a business, look no further.
17. The Entrepreneurial Mind - This Belmont University site offers reviews of tech, thoughts on venture capital, and new age marketing.
18. Wil Schroter’s Bigger Blog - This site helps you start a company, keep it running, and adapt to the ever-changing future market.

Marketing Blogs and Solutions
19. The Marketing Spot - If you’re a small business that needs big marketing ideas, The Marketing Spot has got you covered.
20. Duct Tape Marketing - Ancient wisdom holds that duct tape is like The Force: it has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. This site offers the articles, interviews, and resources to hold your business together in the 21st century.
21. Dave Duarte’s Blog - This self-proclaimed “marketing geek” offers practical tips, such as utilizing a corporate social network and avoiding your own business biases.
22. Marketing and Strategy Innovation Blog - This site offers advice on how to bring new marketing and strategy innovations to your site, with a dash of social branding and motivational advice sprinkled in.
23. 5 Blogs Before Lunch - This site offers every aspect of marketing news, with updates that range from the informative to the downright entertaining.
24. Marketing Pilgrim - The focus of this site is on online business, as it offers the latest news on Facebook, Flickr, and AOL.
25. Perry Marshall’s Blog - This amusing site starts off by suggesting that Thoreau’s business advice was given in the haze of crack cocaine, and the biting humor continues from there. This site offers dozens of controversial tips on how to get ahead in the business world.
26. How to Change the World - Offering itself as “a practical blog for impractical people,” this site helps you master the art of salesmanship.
27. Church of the Customer Blog - This site offers business perspectives from the customer’s side, and offers tips for how to avoid heresy in the church of the customer.
28. Marketing Genius From Maple Creative - This site is all about marketing, from building a buzz to pushing a brand to crafting an awesome ad.
29. Be Excellent - If you’re business needs to experience a revolution, it starts here, with in-depth advice about strategy execution.
30. The Engaging Brand Blog - This is the site to bookmark for info about building your brand from the ground up.
31. Name Wire - Another branding-type site, this page focuses on the theories and practices behind product naming.
32. Biz Stone - The cofounder of Twitter offers unique perspectives on the worlds of business and social networking.
33. Smart Talk On Conversation - This site is all about how communication can help your business, from word of mouth marketing to interactive dialogue and social networks.

General Business Blogs
34. Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog - This blog focuses on the tips, tricks, and tools you need to get your business running, and the mistakes to avoid so it can keep on going.
35. All Business - This blog offers its own business-friendly advice (such as how to make sure the tax man doesn’t come for you), as well as featuring expert advice from dozens of other businessmen and women.
36. Seth Godin’s Blog - This bitterly funny blog offers business advice framed in cold, hard reality.
37. The Franchise King Blog - This blog offers frank, down-to-earth advice from the franchise frontlines.
38. Business 360 - This CNN blog offers business news that’s intimately tied to real-world developments.
39. The Becker-Posner Blog - Here’s some new-school advice from some old-school businessmen, offering in-depth commentary on every aspect of our economy.
40. Working Life - This opinionated site is chock-full of views on the auto industry, American labor, and the global business world.
41. The Business of America is Business - This site focuses on in-depth analysis of the quirkier aspects of business, such as the leadership tips to be garnered from Ugly Betty and Ocean’s 11.
42. Business Pundit - This easy-to-read site offers info on software industries, finance, and outright weird jobs.
43. Blog Business World - This great resource for business people offers business book reviews, podcasts, and much more.
44. Influxinsights - This site specializes in unique views of business, offering you tips culled from the worlds of art, social networking, and luxury trends.
45. The Curious Capitalist - Offering thoughts on the modern market and economy, this Time Magazine blog brings you clean, concise business news.
46. Tom Peters’ Blog - This humorous site offers over 160 ways to succeed in the world of business and marketing.
47. Cali and Jody’s Blog - This site offers perspectives for CEOs, workers, and parents alike.

Human Resources and Ethics Blogs
48. HR Bartender - This humorous and relatable site offers wit and wisdom for the world of human resources.
49. Lauren Bloom’s Blog - This ethics-centric blog offers practical advice navigating business woes and coming out smelling like roses.
50. The Exceptional Workplace - If you’d like enthusiastic coworkers instead of drones living for the weekend, check out these awesome tips for making your workplace…well, exceptional.
51. Principled Profit - A site promoting “good business,” this page helps you with social networking, social media, and PR lessons.

MBA Survival Guides and Business Career Blogs

52. The Personal MBA - If you’re a business learner wanting to become a business master, this site will provide the training you need.
53. Boot Strap Me - If your business needs to pull itself up by the bootstraps, this site provides all the advice and resources you could ask for.
54. The Hire Sense - This site’s primary goal is helping you to survive in this economy, with tips on what sells in a recession, how to deal with customers, and how to parse job statistics.
55. First Jobs and Career Opportunities Blog - This site waxes philosophic on the job market, offering interview tips, promising jobs, and whether or not following your passion is always the best course in life.
56. Main Street: Career - If you need career advice—from who’s hiring, who’s firing, and how you can secure your future today.
57. MBA Depot - Offering resources for MBAs and managers alike, this site offers books, quotes, articles, and more to help you succeed in the world of business.

Economy Trends and News
58. Gulliver - This business site with a conservative focus examines the business industry on all levels, with a particular focus on Government’s role in that business.
59. Freakonomics - This NY Times offshoot offers business predictions, advice, and—of course—opinions.
60. Financial Times: Alphaville - Another site great for business folks on the go, these pint-sized updates on the entirety of the financial world can be read easily over breakfast.
61. The Bing Blog - This site’s goal is keeping the economic recession in perspective. It’s tough to freak out about a low-performing stock market when it’s next to the black plague.

Investing News and Financial Blogs
62. Steadfast Finances - This informative site offers everything from a historical look car industry woes to meta concepts such as “the fear trade.”
63. The Market Movers - This site offers its updates in condensed sections, allowing you to digest as much or as little of its business wisdom as you wish to.
64. Calculated Risk - Finance and economics advice to help you not only survive but thrive during the turbulence of this global economy.
65. Blogging Stocks - This stock-centric site isn’t afraid of offering its two cents into the world of current events.
66. Stress Free Tax Help - If you want to make more money and pay less taxes…join the club. Seriously, though, this site aims to help you do just that.

Resources for Business Women
67. Learned On Women - This feminist-friendly site offers women-centric advice for navigating the often-testosterone-layered world of business.
68. Sylvania Ann Hewlett’s Blog - This blog also offers global business tips, with a focus on women and minorities in the workplace.
69. Girl Power: Female CEOS - This site offers tips and tricks for smashing through the glass ceiling, offering thoughts on the best way for women to excel in the business world.
70. Women’s Leadership Exchange - This site offers events and resources in order to promote, build, and develop women’s leadership in the world of business.
71. WonderBranding - Another girl-power site, this focuses entirely on marketing to women.

Online Business Blogs and Tools
72. SEO Book - Offering wisdom for the ages through wisdom from the ages comes a site offering what to do (and more importantly, what not to do) with your business.
73. Practical Ecommerce - Designed for online merchants, this site will help you market, profit, and maybe have a little fun while you’re doing it.
74. SEOmozBlog - This site offers all of the SEO web resources you could ever need, and should be bookmarked ASAP.
75. The Internet Strategist - This 12-year veteran of internet marketing offers tips and tricks for online marketing and services.
76. Internet Business Coaching by Terry Dean - Those in the internet business world could learn a thing or two (or three or four) from this amazingly thorough site.
77. Net Promoter - This site of bite-sized updates offers ways of promoting yourself and your business over the internet.
78. Daily Blog - This blog offers a more personal touch, with the tips, tricks, and tweets that have helped the blogger be successful in business.

Management Resources and Information

79. Incentive Intelligence - This site has a singular focus: to provide you all of the theories, testimonies, and tricks for using incentives as a motivation for workers.
80. The Practice of Leadership - This site has everything you need to build communication skills, navigate backfiring goals, and communicate your vision to your workers.
81. Management IQ - This site is all about the managers, offering ways of reducing stress, locking down job security, and becoming the future CEO.
82. Journyx Project Management Blog - This IT-centric site offers project management tips, ways of dealing with difficult fellow workers, and beliefs that can doom IT leaders.
83. Workhappy.net - If you’re a business manager or leader, you can’t miss this site, with its wealth of business theories, easy tips, and lists for maximizing your own communications with workers.
84. DrivenLeaders.com - Through contests, tips and tricks, and branding secrets, this site gives you the drive to be a better leader.
85. Management Issues - If you’re a manager, you’re the heart of your office. This site offers tips and tricks for keeping the body and the heart alive into the 21st century economy.
86. The Outsourcing Weblog - Like the name says, this site offers everything you need to know about outsourcing…from finding good outsource workers gentle ways to leave your outsourcers.
87. CEO Blog - This site focuses on time management and directness, and how each one helps your business grow.
88. Leading Blog - This site’s all about business leadership, offering books, habits, and creative games to lead your team to success.
89. Management Craft - If your business management technique needs state of the art theories and practices, you’ve come to the right place.
90. Leading Answers - This picture-heavy site offers views on business leadership that range from humorous to practical to downright bizarre.
91. Ask the Czar - This leadership-centric site offers ways of using love, inspiration, and excitement to motivate your workforce.
92. Web Worker Daily - Aiming to “reboot the workforce,” this site offers software and hardware to make web working easier.

Harvard Business Heavy Hitters
93. Daisy Wademan Dowling’s Blog - This blogger specializes in career coaching advice, including leadership and planning.
94. Anthony Tjan’s Blog - If you need help building a business—particularly an online business—this site’s got everything you could ask for.
95. Gill Corkindale’s Blog - This Harvard Publishing blog offers unique insight to the world of global management and leadership.
96. Peter Bregman’s Blog - This blog offers global management advice for CEOS and their leadership teams.
97. Management Essentials - These articles were collected from the Harvard Management Update, and offer down-to-earth advice for managers and execs.
98. John Baldoni - This blog should be your go-to for advice regarding leadership consultation and coaching.
99. Babak Nivi’s Blog - If you need advice on anything venture capital, this blog will have everything you need.
100. John Quelch’s Blog - This world-traveling blogger offers world-class advice on global marketing, branding, and marketing communications.

After bookmarking all of these business blogs and sites, kiss all those MBA school applications good bye and start climbing workplace ladders.

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Here is a guest post by Paul Thornton, who writes and teaches about management. It has always been my belief that a great manager shows up as the person the employee needs at the time and that this changes based on the individual, the situation, and the time.

Management Styles

By Paul B. Thornton

As a manager I use three basic management styles—Directing, Discussing, and Delegating.  

Directing Style--When I direct—I tell the individual or a group:

  • What to do
  • How it’s to be done
  • When to have it completed by

I’ve learned it works best when I’m organized, clear, concise, and provide the right amount of detail. Also, I’ve learned it’s important to treat people as adults. On occasion I have acted like the parent telling my immature child/employee what to do. Not good. I came across as being condescending and arrogant.

Use the directing style in the following situations:

  1. Your boss has given you specific directions.
  2. Your employee is inexperienced and lacks needed skills.
  3. Emergencies

Don’t use the directing style if your employee has done the task 28 times. 

How can you be a better director? I have found it’s useful to ask employees questions like the following:

  • How well do I communicate my expectations?
  • How clearly do I explain what I want you to do?

The Discussing Style—I’ve learned the discussing style works best when I ask focused and genuine questions. Genuine questions come from my curiosity and desire to learn.

Use the discussing style in the following situations:

  • You haven’t made up your mind. There are opportunities to influence the goals and plans.
  • Discussion and collaboration will improve the quality of the decisions.
  • There is need for buy-in and commitment from those who will be implementing the plan.

In meetings it’s important to get everyone involved in the discussion. I often begin meetings by saying, “I want to start by giving each of you two minutes to discuss your views on this topic.” Managers should withhold their opinion until all employees have had a chance to comment.

Don’t use the discussing style when if you have already made up your mind.

How can you be more effective when using the discussing style? Prepare the questions you will ask ahead of time? The better the questions—the better the discussion.

Delegating Style—Using this style, I assign tasks to the employee. I let the employee decide what needs to be accomplished and when it must be completed. But there are times when I defined the “what needs to be done” and “when it must be completed.” However the how-to-do-it part of the equation is always left up to the employee. 

Use the delegating style in the following situations:

  • The employee knows or is capable of figuring out how to get the work done.
  • You want to use the assignment as a developmental opportunity to broaden the employee’s skills.

Don’t use the delegating style if the employee lacks confidence and know how.

Summary

Like a good doctor, managers must diagnose the situation before deciding what management style to use. As employees gain experience, skills and confidence managers need to move from directing to discussing to delegating. 

About Paul:
Paul B. Thornton is a speaker and author. His latest book, The Big Three Management Styles (Multi-Media Publications) is available atamazon.com and bn.com. His e-mail address is PThornton@stcc.edu.

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分類:政大 AMBA
2006/12/27 23:51

1.首先要找一個符合你的學校及科系,例如名校EMBA可能比較不適合一般中階主管去讀的,除非你是某上市公司的高階主管或老闆.

2.為何要去讀書?工作瓶頸,轉換跑道,交朋友,休息,進修,語言,殺時間,補充學歷.........自己想一個吧,如果沒有的話,好好工作吧

3.全職或在職?自己可以算一算機會成本看看,每個人都不太一樣,因為薪資不同,升遷機會不同,環境不同,未來展望,所以你可以自己設計一張表格算算看....如果管過預算或合理化專案應該沒問題

4.申請或考試?其實目前學校跟補習班沒啥兩樣.而在職或專班碩士班也考不多,頂多是考 一兩 科而已,而我申請的學校均不需考試的(其實我本來打算申請台大English MBA,但因某些因素所以作罷...)

5.書面審查?非常重要,如果沒達標準,就不會有面試.

         先確認要繳交資料,可先作成確認表,逐一完成,例如申請成績單,推薦函,個人資料,讀書計畫等等..其中推薦函要注意,如果你準備離職去讀書,直屬主管根本不會幫你寫,不過話說回來其實推薦函並不會佔很大的比例,找一位與你工作有關係但職位高你一些就可以,當然如果職位越高的人當然越好,主要還是看你的工作經驗,讀書計畫,其他證明這三個部份.

         工作經驗大家都很豐富,但想要與別人家不一樣就要特別著手於讀書計畫,其他證明這兩個部份,首先其他證明可將取得之證照一自排開(例如TOEIC成績,ISO稽核員,受訓紀錄,得獎紀錄,重要事蹟等等......),像我也有把公司上課之資料印出當作一份資料(500多小時的OJT).

        最後則是讀書計畫(其實我是截稿最後一天才開始寫).讀書計畫最好與應考科系有關係,像我的題目為PLM(Product Lifecycel Management)系統成功之因素探討,加上一些Digital Factory 之資料就完成了.但要注意不要寫太多頁,7~12頁即可,因為很多人應考,看到長篇大論就沒興趣讀.最後我還跑去買標籤註記頁碼,也有利用螢光筆將重點註記裝訂.~~有點像出書一樣

...............而我在書面審查項目中於100分中拿下了97,我認為還可以,其實仔細回想一下,其實還滿感謝以前在公司作文書資料時 ,所培養出來的能力與經驗.才能讓我在短時間完成上得了檯面的報告.~~總而言之就是把這份報告當作是給總經理看的態度去作就可以啦............    

6.面試?其實我沒有特別準備,但網路上有需多面試時需注意之資料,你可以上Yahoo知識去搜尋看看,不過還是提供我的經驗給你參考.

        (1).英文面試:(一人五分鐘/一對一),先請你自我介紹,然後問為何要讀MBA?接下來由書面審查資料中抽問一題,最後問你讀完後要之計畫為何?.........結論就是考你英文口說之能力,而其英文用詞均非常簡單,個人認為多益如果考650~750分左右應該都沒有問題.

        (2).中文面試:(四人一起面試共20分鐘/三教授對四考生)其實教授早已確認過書面資料,所以不需自我介紹等等然後以情境式問題,由考生逐一回答(我們是問有新舊產品,其利潤也不同,請問你要推銷那一個?),聽完後請四位考生針對一同考生中不認同之觀點提出反駁接下來穿插是否有看過某一本書(我們這一場是問"地球是平的"),請考生逐一回答接下來 又問一個情境式問題,由考生逐一回答(你是主管,而你的部下其業務成績已經連續三年未達目標,但今年你自己也沒有達成業績標準,請問你要如何做?),聽完後請四位考生針對一同考生中認同之觀點提出說明最後教授針對年資較淺(2)之考生詢問其報考動機.............重點為個人之表達能力,儀態,觀念正確,邏輯順序不可顛倒,口語表達清楚,....講白一點就是如果常參加公司會議,應該都沒有問題.

7.最後如果你有興趣的話可以上這個網站查查....................http://www.get.com.tw/master/screen/index.shtml   希望對你有些幫助... 

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前年曾接觸政大EMBA所謂"團隊經營課程" 惟目前尚無法親自體驗, 

無意中發現這篇文章, 希望未來帶領團隊及課程安排上, 能有所啟發與行動!

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分享"團隊經營課程"中印象最深刻的活動

分類:政大 AMBA
2007/06/11 21:44

        工程背景的我從來沒有想過可以利用戲劇表演的方式來學管理,而這幾天的幾天課程都讓我印象深刻難忘,但還是有幾項特別影響我的課程,下列則是我的說明。

 

課程導論

   宜蘭之旅:心的建築

      記得剛上火車時,老師要大家交換位置,與不認識的同學分享改變生命的重要一件事。其實剛開始時看到不認識的同學時,大家彼此之間都有些防衛心。所以開始時很難講到重點,但是我想如果自己不分享的話,別人為何要告訴你改變生命的重要一件事,也就是要先與你的同伴分享,你的同伴才會與你分享,所以我就先分享一些事,而同學也因為你的分享而開始放開心胸。最後兩個人開始互相聊了起來,而當同伴在說他故事時,自己就必須專心的傾聽,此時對方自然會分享更多心事給你瞭解,此時彼此的距離突然由疏遠變成親近,短短的幾十分鐘內,我又多了一位夥伴, 沒想到分享傾聽的力量居然是如此之大。

 

   第三堂課程:團隊合作的方法Ⅰ鏡子中階領導

     鏡子讓我充分瞭解到領導者追隨者的角色,當自己擔任領導者角色時,必須考慮追隨者是否可以跟上腳步,而當自己成為追隨者時,也需要觀察及跟上領導者的動作,開始進行默契的培養,兩者之間的關係就像指揮樂團,大家必須協同一致,才能呈現出完美的演出。最後當在角色互換時,我們的心中必須還要有對方,因為我們不可能永遠當領導者,學著當個稱職的追隨者也是使團隊成功的重要因素之一。

     中階領導正是我們目前所需要的,課程中透過老師的講解,使我們瞭解中階領導的方法,而同學的分享,使大家明白,原來中階領導還有許多事情要注意的,所以透過團隊學習的方法,使得大家可以在短時間內學習相當多的知識,這也是課程特殊的地方。

      

    第三堂課程:團隊合作的方法Ⅱ(傳藝中心~閉眼一遊

     雖然看過別人利用閉眼走路的方式來感受團隊,但從來沒有自己體驗過,仔細回想一下,其實那一天下午的太陽真的很大,每個人都是汗流如柱,但也因為是這種環境,所以大家都留下深刻印象,而每個人也因為信任同伴,所以才有辦法閉眼在傳藝中心走一回。這個活動不僅是要信任前方的同伴,也需盡量照顧後方的同學,利用暗號來引導同伴,使同伴不要遭遇危險,這就是所謂的團隊,我認為這體驗對大家於來說真的非常難得難忘。

 

   第五堂課程:說故事的演練

      劇本到演出,其中投入的心血,只有參與的團隊才會瞭解。而演練則是實現劇本的一環,透過練習使我們團隊可以培養默契,讓我們更加緊密的結合在一起,當然過程中,在老師指導下也體驗到劇團表演的專業性,然而,這一切都是為了將最好的表演呈獻在觀眾的面前。而當我們朝共同的目標前進時,我看到大家的團隊在發光

   第六堂課程:願景的建立

      觀賞別人的演出真的是種享受,你可以感受到大家的心血,雖然大家故事結構看似雷同,但都是利用團隊的力量在困境中尋求突破達成目標,所以我認為所有的團隊都是夢幻團隊

對我而言,這是難得的機會,因為我是第一次上台表演,其實有點緊張,但當完成表演時,台下的同學給予熱烈的掌聲,我心中也放下一塊大石頭,我們的團隊一起完成表演,這讓我們更加有信心

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