If you want to succeed in business school duplicate the characteristics of Business School Superstars. Post this list of characteristics where you can see them throughout your business coursework: commitment, self awareness, independence, people skills, literacy, quantitative and technology skills.
Students who apply the following characteristics are well on their way to becoming a Business School Superstar:
Commitment: Establish clear reachable goals, write, revise and check your goals off as they are accomplished. Look at your goals daily. Be passionate and persistent in completing your goals. Acknowledge and appreciate your strong work ethic.
Self Awareness: Realize your strengths and weaknesses, your style of learning; auditory, visual, or tactile. Once you’ve identified your learning style, determine effective study habits to accommodate your learning style. Identify what skills you need to improve on and what skills you are willing to teach others. Tutoring other students builds confidence and effective communication skills.
Independence: Self motivation, determination and your positive attitude will propel you through course work. Participate in class discussions and ask questions. Confidence grows with every success you experience. Seek out all support services available to you on campus and online. Use the services that benefit you as often as needed.
Strong People Skills: Work well with others in small and large groups. Focus on your listening skills. Share your thoughts clearly; rephrase what you believe you heard to confirm your understanding. Know when to empathize, re-direct or diffuse confrontations. Accept change that will benefit an objective. Moreover demonstrate appreciation and speak highly of others often. A willingness to participate on team projects facilitating discussions and activities is a highly desirable characteristic in business.
Literacy: Reading, writing and presentation skills are essential. Read proficiently, articulate thoughts effectively, employ memory techniques, highlight key concepts and ask questions. Writing effectively builds credibility. Identify your audience prior to writing. Choose words with clear meaning. Correct punctuation and spelling are a must. Presentation skills are acquired by actually presenting! Practice in front of a mirror, friends or on a mountain top. Volunteer to read in class or recite as much as possible. Drink water not coffee on the day of your presentation. An effective communicator is held in high esteem by others.
Quantitative: Hone your skills and build your confidence in algebra and statistics. Seek assistance from available support services.
Technology: MS Office Suite, wireless technology and project management software will be used on a regular basis. Take advantage of the benefits of using all available technology available to you to produce your assignments and complete projects. Stay abreast of the new technology in your area of expertise and study. You don’t need to be the expert, locate an expert and ask for help.