Read: Leadership!

I remember being asked by a career coach at the start of my career, “What is your best asset?”

I answered, “Myself!” It seemed logical to me.

Mind you, I didn’t think I was at the start of any career, I was just happy to be employed. It was more the norm then: School, college, job.

Now I pay much more attention to what I’m doing and why. So when I saw this-11 Remarkably Effective Ways to Lead by Example-it seemed to be the right time. And time to brush up on some of these skills!

Time to brush up on some of these skills.


I’m not sure what’s going on here, but they’re following something.


What’s a Degree Really Worth to You (and Your Company)?

MBA. MIS. Getting a certification. Updating your certifications. Should you invest your time and money in getting a higher degree? Or is it smarter (not to mention cheaper) to spend that time gaining work experience?

Our Twitter #careerchat wanted to know what companies really think about your education level. Anna Oakes (@aoakes), Lead Organization Development Consultant and Recruiting Manager for Manpower, joined us as our guest expert.

Quick takeaways from the chat:

  • An MBA is like a marathon: There’s no guarantee you’ll finish or even win.
  • Know your goals before starting an MBA or certification program.
  • Pick a school with a network of people who can get you where you want to go.
  • Experience can do more than a certification if you work hard and get good references.
  • Online or not, it’s all in how you articulate what you put into it and what you got out of it.
  • Educate yourrself by reading, listening & being active. Want to learn about social media? Do it. Want to learn about finance, listen to experts. Find out what people you admire are reading from LinkedIn booklists. Copy it!
  • You need to be able to apply what you learned and your MBA into real life situations.


Special thanks to @Kblennon, @aoakes, @ASQ_Trish, @KyleMcShane, @SaleStart, @CaSuPe15, @davecarhart, @KyleMcShane and @WomensAlly.

This way to the chat transcript