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By Mike Zani on 5/22/2013 3:35 PM
This goes out to my fellow classmates: The Incredible EMBA Class of 2013. Graduation is only a few short days away, though it's a pretty strange feeling not having any schoolwork to attend to.  The required readings, the drafting of papers, or the preparing (actually cramming) for team conference calls.  Yes T5ers, I crammed for those calls like any college kid would.  So what if this college kid...
By Mike Zani on 5/2/2013 10:29 AM
According to the dictionary, the definition of community is, “The social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.”

One of the many great aspects of the Johnson community is the ongoing involvement of esteemed alumni.  We, as current students,...
By Mike Zani on 8/19/2012 10:23 PM
Before anything this Sunday evening, I must first “own up”.  I have completely slacked in the frequency of my blogging.  As Gus “The Angry Greek” Maimis (one of our esteemed class members) would say, “Michael, three months?  Really?”  Yeah seriously, that’s exactly what he’d say.  I’d tell you to ask him but he’s in Sri Lanka with his study team on his Global Business Project (GBP).  We’ll talk about...
By Mike Zani on 5/18/2012 11:12 AM
Once we have each submitted our Marketing Management final paper, due Monday at 8am, the Class of 2013 will have officially concluded its first year of the program!  This also means that the Class of 2012 has completed all their coursework, and will be graduating next week.  To that class, I would like to extend a hearty Congratulations - Class of 2012!

So you are probably thinking that our class is just simply thrilled to have reached the halfway point, huh?  The end is sight…  Only one more year left of this self-inflicted pain we fancy as calling “going back to school in our adult years”….  Well, for many of my classmates I am sure this is their sentiment.  But, for me?  Hmmm, not so fast.

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By Mike Zani on 4/2/2012 5:03 PM
“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.” – Tara Brach

OK, so before anyone begins thinking that our program is a deeply spiritual experience where we begin each day holding hands, singing Kumbaya, and pass around...
By Mike Zani on 3/20/2012 11:21 AM
"It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago." This is a quote I once heard, and not sure who gets the credit. So, until it's credit can be properly referenced?  I am using it. Wow!  Did we really just finish off two more courses?  It literally feels like a minute ago when I last posted a blog...
By Mike Zani on 2/7/2012 10:35 PM
Residence Week seems like a distant memory at this point, yet it was only a few short weeks ago.  Since Ithaca, we have resumed classes and just a couple days ago returned home from another weekend at the Palisades.  This time everyone scurried home in a frenzy to prepare to watch yet another Giants Super Bowl spanking of the Patriots.  Hey, even though I am an Eagles fan… this is NY, after all…  You...
By Mike Zani on 1/6/2012 11:45 PM
For those of you in the 40-plus year old generation, you may recognize this blog's title as the title of an Allman Brothers album.  For those of you reading this who are in the traditional MBA program, I sincerely hope you have even heard of the Allman Brothers, or albums for that matter...  One of my all time favorite songs is from that album, "No One Left To Run With", and right now one particular...
By Mike Zani on 12/13/2011 11:47 PM
It is now just a little more than a week ago that brought the close of our first semester, and the proverbial “icing on the semester cake” was two Final Exams.  I actually have to laugh each time I hear myself say “Final Exams”.  The last time I uttered those words as something I actually needed to prepare for, the only person I knew who owned a cellular phone was Gordon Gekko!  Yes, I know he’s a fictional character, but you get my point.  Well, the finals have come and gone, and they were indeed as challenging as you can imagine.  As I await my last final grade for the semester I have been able to exhale a bit, grab some personal time, and get back into a (somewhat) normal balanced daily regimen.  Have to say, it feels pretty darn good.  The mind is a little clearer, can focus better, though could probably still use a little more decompression time to feel fully refreshed. 

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By Mike Zani on 12/8/2011 10:08 PM
Wow!  I am bursting at the seams with excitement about my new blogging position.  I would say I am speechless, but that would not make for an interesting blogger.  As I post my regular entries, I will strive to provide you with a read that is honest, accurate and hopefully entertaining.  Above all, I aim to paint for you the mental picture of the experiences as a CEMBA student.  Before I dive into my weekly chronicles of the ongoing CEMBA student life, here is a little about me: