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By Susan Grinius-Hill on 1/20/2013 10:59 PM
This morning, for the first time in several months, as I drove out of my neighborhood toward the train station to catch a train into NY for class, the promise of forthcoming sun was beginning to reflect a deep rose across the horizon.  Winter is moving behind us.  This winter was particularly dark – holidays were marred for many in our Northeast region due to storms: literal, physical storms in the form of Sandy, and psychological emotional storms with the tragedy of Sandy Hook – and even political storms in the form of unending economic turmoil up to and beyond the last minute of 2012.  Now, the new year brings opportunity and eagerness for the future.

Classes are settling in to a rhythm for our group.  We have melded as a team and are learning to partner with one another more naturally.   For me personally I’ve found the learning in these courses to be tremendous.  The pace is rapid which I love, and the ability to apply information in real time to the work environment has been excellent.

I have...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 11/26/2012 8:56 AM
After a hiatus from blogging due to several factors, including Sandy the superstorm, a family reunion/wedding, and a potential new gig for my career,  I am happy to be writing again and connecting with readers.   Turns out that my blog wasn’t being cycled through the promo communiques until recently, so it’s possible that almost no one read my blog entries earlier anyway. J.  All is now in order and the universe is aligned.  Well, ok, that’s probably stretching it, but… we are cookin’ with gas!

Our two classes right now are Marketing and Finance.  I am enjoying both of them very much.   I have found that I am learning a great deal in Finance, and am coming to appreciate Marketing in a more nuanced way than I ever have before.   For example, with regard to finance perspectives – I am like a kid who’s just learned how to ride a bike.  A bit wobbly, but really enjoying the ability to pedal and move forward on my own.  In the past, when watching CNBC or Fox Business or Bloomberg channels, I would gather probably...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 11/26/2012 8:56 AM
After a hiatus from blogging due to several factors, including Sandy the superstorm, a family reunion/wedding, and a potential new gig for my career,  I am happy to be writing again and connecting with readers.   Turns out that my blog wasn’t being cycled through the promo communiques until recently, so it’s possible that almost no one read my blog entries earlier anyway. J.  All is now in order and the universe is aligned.  Well, ok, that’s probably stretching it, but… we are cookin’ with gas!

Our two classes right now are Marketing and Finance.  I am enjoying both of them very much.   I have found that I am learning a great deal in Finance, and am coming to appreciate Marketing in a more nuanced way than I ever have before.   For example, with regard to finance perspectives – I am like a kid who’s just learned how to ride a bike.  A bit wobbly, but really enjoying the ability to pedal and move forward on my own.  In the past, when watching CNBC or Fox Business or Bloomberg channels, I would gather probably...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 11/26/2012 8:56 AM
After a hiatus from blogging due to several factors, including Sandy the superstorm, a family reunion/wedding, and a potential new gig for my career,  I am happy to be writing again and connecting with readers.   Turns out that my blog wasn’t being cycled through the promo communiques until recently, so it’s possible that almost no one read my blog entries earlier anyway. J.  All is now in order and the universe is aligned.  Well, ok, that’s probably stretching it, but… we are cookin’ with gas!

Our two classes right now are Marketing and Finance.  I am enjoying both of them very much.   I have found that I am learning a great deal in Finance, and am coming to appreciate Marketing in a more nuanced way than I ever have before.   For example, with regard to finance perspectives – I am like a kid who’s just learned how to ride a bike.  A bit wobbly, but really enjoying the ability to pedal and move forward on my own.  In the past, when watching CNBC or Fox Business or Bloomberg channels, I would gather probably...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 11/26/2012 8:56 AM
After a hiatus from blogging due to several factors, including Sandy the superstorm, a family reunion/wedding, and a potential new gig for my career,  I am happy to be writing again and connecting with readers.   Turns out that my blog wasn’t being cycled through the promo communiques until recently, so it’s possible that almost no one read my blog entries earlier anyway. J.  All is now in order and the universe is aligned.  Well, ok, that’s probably stretching it, but… we are cookin’ with gas!

Our two classes right now are Marketing and Finance.  I am enjoying both of them very much.   I have found that I am learning a great deal in Finance, and am coming to appreciate Marketing in a more nuanced way than I ever have before.   For example, with regard to finance perspectives – I am like a kid who’s just learned how to ride a bike.  A bit wobbly, but really enjoying the ability to pedal and move forward on my own.  In the past, when watching CNBC or Fox Business or Bloomberg channels, I would gather probably...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 10/26/2012 7:42 PM
Whew, what a week! Three assignments due at once, plus an upcoming test, and another major project being announced on Saturday.   Hurricane Sandy is upon us and this weekend in Manhattan may be an adventure – ominous warnings about the perfect storm are everywhere.  But, we’ll be studying – nothing will stop us!

Even though the week was incredibly packed, it’s been GREAT learning about the world of finance and taking time to reflect and build a marketing plan for a web 2.0 company. 

For Finance, we created an overview and assessment of the company Waste Management.  It is absolutely AMAZING the amount of information you can find on the web about companies, executives and competitors if you know where to look.  We learned a good deal about the direction the company has been going in recent years and that they are innovating and doing research into creating energy from waste. 

In Marketing we have been reading about pricing.  There are several philosophies around how an item’s price can be...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 10/21/2012 9:01 AM
Another class under our belt tonight and finished, except for the final which comes in a week or so – this time it’s Macro Economics.   This program is flying by.  The sheer amount of information and knowledge we are being exposed to at a rapid pace is exhilarating.   But I think one of the most valuable aspects of this program is the relationships with other students, the professors and the Cornell community.   We proved in our first onsite sessions in Ithaca and Kingston that many heads are better than one, and the connections we are making as we learn together are invaluable in that regard going forward. 

Today I gave my husband a virtual tour of our classroom in the New York Cornell Club center via text message, so I thought I would do the same for you as a reader.   This is probably the most swank of all the team meeting rooms because it is at the Cornell Club.  Many cohorts meet in Regis centers or other local buildings around the two Americas, so I wouldn’t say it’s wholly representative, but it...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 10/16/2012 10:41 PM
Are you a curious person?  Do you love learning new things just to know more about life and the world around you? I’m that way.  In reflecting back on my classes so far, I realize how many new things I’ve been exposed to and what I’m taking away from this all.  I only wish I could absorb an even higher percentage of the content that seems to be speeding by at 90 mph (or for my Canadian classmates, 145 kph). 

I would have to say that my favorite classes so far are MLO (Managing and Leading Organizations) and BDM (Business Decision Modeling).  While all of the classes have been fun and I’ve learned a great deal, the two mentioned above made me think and question my own understanding of what is going on in the world of business.   They caused me to grapple with ideas and things I’d thought were truisms to see them in a more sophisticated or nuanced way.   They challenged me in a fundamental manner that will cause to me apply my learning in everyday business life.   And they gave me tools – tools I can use...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 10/16/2012 10:25 PM
The thing I love about being part of the Cornell community is the access to opportunity.  You might have thought I would have said “access to information”, but it’s more than that.   The information available to us and connections to potential partnerships provide each Cornell student with the ability to shape our future and the future of others around us.   I’ve engaged with the Entrepreneurship activities at Cornell and just this week alone have the opportunity to:

Hear from two entrepreneurial thought leaders about their experiences

 -Jen Dulski ’93, MBA ’99 -  about founding a small tech company (Dealmap) and merging into a larger one (Google)  -Doug Rowan ’61 MBA ’62 - about setting valuations in a startup  

Learn a new tool to help lean startups get loose ideas into communicable structure – the business model framework  - http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas...
By Susan Grinius-Hill on 10/15/2012 11:03 AM
At it again…the sun is just starting to rise and I’m clickity clacking along the tracks from Trenton NJ (I live in the burbs outside of Philly) into Manhattan for our Sunday of classes.  This is our last Sunday class day.  From here on out we will move to Saturdays. (We shared the facility with last year’s class of 2013 and they are now finished with their class meetings on Saturdays, so we will move into that spot going forward for the remainder of the program - -approximately one year from now).

I like the Sunday classes because traffic getting into and out of the city is much lighter, but it will be very nice to have Sunday’s for family time back in my schedule again. 

This has been exhilarating and a great learning experience so far, but we are really getting rolling now.  I liken it to a roller coaster ride where you take off and have a few curves and hills to begin with, but then you round that one corner, and the speed increases -- you start whipping around the loops and chugging up the tall...