Tag Archives: Education

Sample Chapter of DON’T PAY FOR YOUR MBA Now Available

This week we take a sneak peek at Laurie Pickard’s Don’t Pay For Your MBA. In her new book, Pickard shows self – starters, career changers, and budding entrepreneurs how to navigate the expanding universe of online education. Building on her popular No – Pay MBA blog.

Don’t Pay For Your MBA: The Faster Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need by Laurie Pickard DontPayMBA

Like many eager to pursue their MBA, Laurie could not shoulder the steep price of most MBA programs such as NYU’s Stern School of Business, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and other top business schools whose average debt exceeds $100,000.

However, through her own research she found some of the top business schools offer MOOCs (massive online open courses) which  acquired her to gain all the skills she needed without all the debt. By picking the right courses, she tailored a curriculum to best fit her needs – and in Don’t Pay For Your MBA she explains how you too can do the same.

Click here or on the cover image for your free sample chapter.

Laurie Pickard founded the No-Pay MBA website, which has been featured in Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Financial Times, and Bloomberg Business. She also works as a business and entrepreneurship development consultant, most recently at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Rwanda.

Podcast: Jason Wingard on Keeping Up with Business Education

Jacket cover of Learning to SucceedIn today’s ever-evolving world, successful companies don’t remain successful by continuing to do exactly what they did before. The best companies are dynamic–and driven by employees and leaders who constantly learn new ways and new skills. Jason Wingard sat down with the AMA Edgewise team to discuss his book, LEARNING TO SUCCEED: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change, and how to make your organization one that actively embraces learning throughout its ranks.

Jason Wingard, author of Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change, has a formula for how to keep up with the ever-changing business environment. On this episode he lays out a concise training strategy and how to overcome barriers to learning integration, with great tips for how to keep up with the expanding global market.

Listen to Jason Wingard on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.

Jason Wingard, author of Learning for Life


JASON WINGARD, PH.D., is Dean and Professor of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University and President and CEO of The Education Board, Inc. Previously, he was Chief Learning Officer of Goldman Sachs and Vice Dean of Executive Education at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of LEARNING FOR LIFE: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy (AMACOM October 2015).


Listen to more interviews with AMACOM authors on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.

A Big Thank You to Your Administrative Assistant

The following is a guest post from Kevin Wilson, co-author of The Administrative Assistant’s and Secretary’s Handbook.

Administrative Professional’s Day is the time to thank your hard-working assistant for putting up with those endless requests from you and your colleagues. This year, rather than a gift card to Starbucks or a spa gift certificate you would like to keep for yourself, how about giving the gift of development. (Or perhaps in addition to a gift card or spa gift certificate!)

Gone are the days when an administrative assistant might work 30 years for the same company, many of those years for the same boss. Corporate restructurings, which have affected hundreds of thousands of people over the past few years, have been a mixed blessing for administrative assistants. In the wake of restructuring, some assistants have to leave their position when their boss leaves, but others are asked to take on greater responsibility, to “take up the slack” as middle managers are phased out. Either situation could be professionally devastating if an administrative assistant is not prepared.

While it is important to offer training on the skills needed for the current job, such as computer skills, it could be strategically helpful to acquire other essential business skills whether or not they are needed right now.  Look for training opportunities in areas such as business writing, research, customer service, purchasing, budgeting, bookkeeping, invoicing, training new employees, presentation skills, and supervising an office staff.  The American Management Association offers a wide variety of seminars on these and other topics.

Having these skills will give your administrative assistant the most flexible preparation to meet any challenge he or she may face—either an on-the-job crisis or a career advancement opportunity.

Another development idea that is more closely related with your assistant’s current job would be to support his or her effort to become certified by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (formerly the National Secretaries Association) as a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) or Certified Administrative Professional (CAP). This certification is granted only upon the successful completion of examinations in various aspects of secretarial/administrative procedures and skills. Being certified can be a tremendous boost to your assistant’s career.

Giving the gift of development shows you care personally about your administrative assistant’s future and well-being. If you have a limited budget, offer to pay for an adult education course of your assistant’s choice at the local college. There are also many useful online courses that can help your assistant acquire new skills.  And above all, talk with your assistant about what they see themselves doing in the future, and then work together on a development plan that helps them achieve these goals.

Kevin Wilson is the co-author of The Administrative Assistant’s and Secretary’s Handbook and is Vice President of Videologies, Inc., a company that specializes in training administrative professionals in Fortune 500 companies.

Back-to-School Books

For children, the school year has just begun or just about to begin. For parents looking for the best experience for their child, check out these books.

Jacket image, Overcoming School AnxietyOvercoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia and Other Worries by Diane Peters Mayer, MSW

For children with school anxiety,  upset stomachs, sweaty palms, and panic are a reality to the school year. Parents can help their child do their best with advice from an author who has treated many, many child who suffer from this very common disorder.

Jacket image, A Parent's Guide to Special EducationA Parent’s Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed by Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D., ABPP, and Alan W. Brue, Ph.D., NCSP

This book helps families select and make the most of available alternatives by offering information that helps with an often overwhelming process.

Jacket image, Raising Gifted KidsRaising Gifted Kids: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Exceptional Child Thrive by Dr. Barbara Klein

This book helps parents make the best choices for their child’s happiness, while also encouraging them to reach their greatest potential.


Jacket image, Strong Kids Healthy Kids by Fredrick HahnStrong Kids, Healthy Kids: The Revolutionary Program for Increasing Your Child’s Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week by Fredrick Hahn

Help kids get an edge in school sports with strength training.

Random Quotes from New Books This January

Why don’t you ring in the New Year with some of our books?

Jacket image, AMA Business Boot CampAMA Business Boot Camp: Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career
edited by Edward T. Reilly

“Coaching requires a level of preparation that managers often underestimate. The session should not have an ad hoc quality, leaving the direct report wondering how seriously to take the whol thing. As Jim McCormick suggests, the coaching process is about developing a strategy for a course of action as opposed to throwing out ideas for improvement. Taking the necessary time to plan for a coaching meeting will have a major impact on its effectiveness. the little time it takes will pay off by providing a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish.” (page 47)

Jacket image, Leading the Learning RevolutionLeading the Learning Revolution: The Expert’s Guide to Capitalizing on the Exploding Lifelong Education Market by Jeff Cobb

“Not surprisingly, the potential downside  most often mentioned when I discuss virtual conferences with my clients is the loss of interaction and intimacy that they feel comes with the medium. It’s tempting to simply dismiss this perception as outdated. People, after all,  have become dramatically more accustomed to interacting in meaningful ways online since the rise of Facebook and other popular social media. Certainly, the evolution of social media in general has made the virtual conference much more attractive. Even so, there is often a very real loss that occurs when human beings don’t have the opportunity to communicate in person.” (page 79)

jacket image, Real InfluenceReal Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In
by Mark Goulston and  Dr. John Ullmen

“This quickly creates a vicious cycle, because the more snakelike you get, the more agitated your amygdala becomes. Pretty soon, your human and mammal brains are entirely out of the loop. So you’re not connecting with peopoel logically, and you’re not connecting with them emotionally. Instead, you’re cornered in your here, and you want to either escape from the people who are upsetting you or hurt them.”

Jacket image, Success Under StressSuccess Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure’s On by Sharon Melnick

“When Brianna’s thoughts about ‘I’m not good enough’ get activated, she feels bad about herself; she thinks she needs to protect herself from being taken advantage of. That’s why she feels deflated and ‘loses it.’ When Brianna learned this insight, she was blown away. ‘I am shocked at why I reacted. But I can see that’s definitely true,’ she told me. In short, the real reason she snapped was that her husband’s question activated her own doubt.” (page 166)

Jacket image, What Your CEO Needs to Know About Sales CompensationWhat Your CEO Needs to Know About Sales Compensation: Connecting the Corner Office to the Front Line by Mark Donnolo

“Yes, sales skill is still a big part of the sales manager’s role. Leaders from front-line sales managers up to the CEO continue to play a critical role in direct customer selling and relationship management. The situation described in Chapter 5 regarding the CEO building the relationship with the global customer’s CEO in London illustrates a common role for senior leaders. As the sales team organizes its facings to the customer (which team members face off with customers), everything needs to match all the way up the organization chart like good man-to-man or zone coverage on a basketball team. While the sales managers should resist jumping in and selling for the rep, he should play on ongoing role in building relationships at and above the level where the sales rep is working.” (page 193)

Jacket image, Who Says It's a Man's WorldWho Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination by Emily Bennington

“On the other hand, if a recurring pattern of excuses and poor performance becomes apparent, you have to address it. But before you write off the employee as a dud, start with a little internal detective work. First, you want to find out if the person’s success metrics were clearly defined–in writing–at the beginning of the project, not midstream. (Sometimes what we think of as ‘mediocre’ is the end result of vague communication.) Next you want to dig in to the time allotted for the project. Was it a total rush job? In that case, what did you expect?” (page 161)

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