The Greatest Stress

At the risk of sounding too philosophical this month, here’s one of my favorite passages.  Nietzsche, in 1882, wrote about “The Greatest Stress.”  Essentially he said to imagine that what has happened, and is happening, will happen again and again and again (eternal recurrence). “This life as you now live it and have lived it,

Success in 2013

Everyone seeks to be successful, yet success is a matter of setting, moving towards, and accomplishing goals.  When thinking about goals, I think about Earl Nightingale’s talk entitled, The Strangest Secret.  Nightingale essentially says that to meet your goals you have to know what you want.  He gives the metaphor of a ship without a

A Worm in Horseradish

“To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish”

–Isaac Bashevis Singer

The horseradish phrase was shared by Malcolm Gladwell when talking about Howard Moskowitz, a market researcher, who really got into his research on horizontal segmentation of spaghetti sauce. (For a really entertaining TED talk, click here). For my part, I’ve been thinking a lot about segmentation analysis for the past several weeks. Segmentation is a process of grouping things or people together who have similar attributes, while things or people in different groups are maximally dissimilar. [Read More]

Stretch Goals

I’d like to start this newsletter with advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation told by Joseph Campbell:
As you go the way of life,
You will see a great chasm. Jump.
It is not as wide as you think. [Read More]

Completing Your Degree Using the Stages of Change Model

As Lao-tzu said in 604 BC, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” While this might be true, research suggests that after that step, there are stages of change individuals go through to achieve their goals. In this newsletter, I present a stages of change model that can be applied to any change you may want to make. One big journey is completing graduate school. [Read More]

Stay Focused on Your 2012 Dissertation and Business Goals

Remember four or so years ago when you were applying to school? You were filled with hope, the image of you walking through the graduation line, with family and friends watching and cheering…Now fast forward a few years to today. Committee feedback seems unrelenting, your resources to accomplish aspects of your dissertation are daunting… [Read More]

Principles, Values, Context and the Dissertation Process

To get what you want out of life, you have to align your values with the principles of the world. Values are what you consider important, and they may or may not be unique to you. You may believe that pain is bad and to be avoided at all costs, while others may believe that pain is an opportunity for a lesson and that it allows you to become stronger. Principles are fundamental truths about the world…[Read More]

Cramming vs. Planning: Accurately Assessing Your Dissertation Timeline

As you move through the Ph.D. process past the comprehensive exams and into dissertation writing, it would be natural to apply the academic behaviors that brought you success in the past, to the dissertation process ahead. Unfortunately, dissertation writing is unique to any academic experience… [Read More]

Dealing With Committee and IRB Issues? You Are Not Alone!

Admit it—the dissertation process can be challenging. The challenge is in part exacerbated by the process. For example, this morning I spoke with a frustrated client about the six weeks to find a chairperson, eight weeks for the IRB process, and the $4,000 a quarter she was paying in the meantime—yikes! [Read More]

Remembering Your (Dissertation) Why

When we forget our purpose, we may come to believe that we have no choice, going through our days like an automaton, not truly connecting with what we’re doing and not connecting with our personal why. I ask you to remember why you choose your doctoral degree, and why you choose to continue doing your dissertation. It is not about the frustrations…[Read More]