As an executive, I have experienced an environment where it was critical to develop strategies that would ensure growth within a revenue declining atmosphere. To survive within the industry, it is clear our strategies need to be redefined through an improvement plan based on a systematic fact analysis and encompassing a broader bandwidth. I believe an Executive MBA degree from Cornell is the most structural way to learn how to build organizational values, culture and design organizational structure and hierarchy. An important part of management is developing vision, through strategic planning determining where the organization is going over the next year or more, how it's going to get there and how it'll know if it got there or not. The focus of a strategic plan is usually on the entire organization, while the focus of a business plan is usually on a particular product, service or program. My leadership role requires developing a road-map and setting milestones that will lead to long-term objective while keeping short-term goals in mind. Knowledge gained through the five learning themes: Management Fundamentals, Strategic Thinking, International Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Leadership will allow me to take these considerations into account, balancing it with reality.
Looking into the future, I will need to lead in an environment where leadership is also characterized by the talent and knowledge to build successful teams in a competitive arena understanding the cultural, economic and financial forces that drive the marketplace. I believe the curriculum at Cornell focusing on the ability to develop effective strategies and to "think" like an entrepreneur will assist me in building a sustainable environment.
I have been fortunate to have experienced success and growth within the industry and I have continued my education by achieving CCM (Certified Club Manager) and CCE (Certified Club Executive) certifications which is the "hallmark of professionalism" within the club industry.