Goals, Audiobooks, and EMBA’s

November 10, 2008

I know I mentioned on this blog that I’m a bit obsessed with audiobooks.  I’m thirsty for knowledge and I find that I can ingest the greatest volume of information as efficiently as possible in this format.  

Recently I’ve been listening to another great audiobook called Goals! How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy. Setting Goals, seems like an obvious thing for professionals to do, but not everyone sits down and actually maps out what they’d like to achieve. I try to do this as often as possible.  Trust me – it’s not as easy as you think, and it will challenge you to focus on what you really want.  Give it shot.

Another audiobook that I’ve been “re-listening” to (I tend to go over the ones I really like a few times over the course of months). is:  Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success

Jon C Maxwell discusses in this book how leaders are readers of themselves.  He addresses the value of introspection, and self analysis.  I continually address my own strengths, skills, weaknesses and current state of mind.  Recently while doing this, it dawned on me that I’m a perfect candidate for an EMBA program.  So I aggregated as much information on the topic as possible, and began to hone in on the Cornell EMBA program here in New York.  Last week I attended an information session, and I’m in the process of filling out the application.  I also met with the Dean of the Fordham University EMBA program.  As I evaluate which program will suite my needs I’ll look to see which will help me develop new skills, fill in gaps in my current ability, and reinforce, and cultivate my strengths.  Although I already hold an MS in Direct Marketing from NYU, I understand that I received this degree when I was much younger, and with much less responsibility in my work environment.  Today as I find myself so thirsty for knowledge regarding management, I see an EMBA as the natural progression of my education.  Who knows what the future may hold, but I know for certain that I will continue to grow, and change – because without change – there can be no growth.  I not only commit to change, but I seek it.   I know I’m not perfect, but I don’t hide those things from myself.  I confront them head on, and evaluate how to improve them. I hope that you do too.

Best questions

November 10, 2008

I have one week before I start my new job at MIVA, Inc.  I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I feel like I’m getting ready for my first day of school.  I’ve been aggressively thinking about what I can immediately bring to the table.   I’ve compiled a list of questions that I want to ask each MIVA employee.  I encourage any of you that are reading this to comment, and – either answer me directly – or I at least introduce yourself.  

1. What’s the essence of what MIVA stands for?  

2. What are some successes that each of your teammates share?

3. What has been a common trait of people that have failed at MIVA in the past?

4. Who are the 5 most influential people in the company, and why?


If you feel odd sharing this information in a public setting, then I encourage you to share with me directly at chrisdessi@gmail.com



Looking forward to hearing from everyone.