Challenge Your People, Challenge Yourself More:

I would love to take this opportunity to thank all the readers of my blog. I’m surprised almost daily by someone at work or a family member who mentions they are reading it and what they like (or not).

Full disclosure, I did not decide to just start blogging one day. I’m currently wrapping an MBA with the University of Nevada, and this final course is on personal branding. I bring this up because I joined the MBA program in order to challenge my skills and continue an education that started more than 40 years ago.

The real reason to take on this challenge, and put myself in positions like blogging and tweeting, is because I don’t believe you can ask your employees to be better if your not attempting to make yourself better as well. Furthermore, managing people is a privilege that if your not trying to get better at your probably getting worse at.

Truth be told, I actually have really enjoyed almost every class in my program (except for that stats class…different blog). This personal branding class has pushed me to be far more cyber social than I would have ever been on my own; I do have to say that I have really enjoyed it. I also started this adventure at the encouragement of an employee who understands that when one of us is better, all of us are better.

Bottom line, I’m proud that a fellow employee thought enough of me to encourage my self-improvement. I’m proud that I accomplished this and proud of the friends I have made during the process. I’m so proud that my wife mustered the courage to put up with me for this time. There are so many reasons to be happy that I took this on, but the best result is found in the added ideas and tools for managing people this program has given me.

Will I continue to blog? You bet. I will be LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebooked and WordPressed till the end. Will I keep up with the friends I made while getting this education? Without a doubt, all of us depending on each other and have become great friends. But most importantly, will I use these tools to further my management skills. I already have and will push further after this MBA. I’m not sure what that adventure will look like at this point, but it’s right around the corner.

A much needed vacation for my wife and myself is first, followed by a first rate blow out celebration and a graduation. And now that I’ve spilled the beans, all my extended work friends can stop assuming that I’ve been blogging to get a different job.

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