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Tools and resources from the Nitron Advisors team. We tend to blog about investing, leadership, management, career acceleration, personal productivity, securities research, and online networks.

July 6, 2006

Prescription for Gaining Greatness in Work and Life

Dennis Kimbro’s Prescription for Gaining Greatness in Work and Life
What makes the great, great? It’s a question author Dennis Kimbro took 20 years to research, interviewing leaders from diverse backgrounds from Earl Graves of Black Enterprise magazine to Bishop T. D. Jakes. His findings were eventually culled into a book of the same name and recently shared with aspiring corporate and entrepreneurial leaders of the future at the inaugural Black MBA Diverse Leadership conference at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Among the offerings, Kimbro advised students to be “driven by your vision. Get a big dream and believe in yourself when no one else will.”

June 14, 2006

Was Earning That Harvard M.B.A. Worth It?

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 10:27 am —

ABOUT a year before Adam Richman was to graduate from the Harvard Business School in 1996, he took on an extracurricular project. It was long before the Internet bubble inflated and burst, and well before one of the school’s graduates landed in the White House. Mr. Richman wondered: What was the real-world value of a master’s in business administration, especially one from the iviest of Ivies? Was it, as widely perceived, an ace in the hole, a get-out-of-jail-free card, a ticket to the good life?

more from the NY Times…

Senior Media Entrepreneurs/ Executives Manhattan Lunch, 6/27

Posted in General, Events, Personal Productivity, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 10:26 am —

Senior Media Entrepreneurs/ Executives Manhattan Lunch

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

If you are investigating new businesses to grow; have sold your business and are looking for your next move; or perhaps have just exited a senior level executive position; please join us at our lunch for Media Entrepreneurs and Senior Executives Seeking New Business Growth. Participants typically had C-level responsibility for at least a $50M budget in the media industry (broadly defined).

Due to the overwhelming interest in our topic and limited space, we can only accommodate individuals whom the event is addressing directly. We welcome referrals.

1345 Avenue of the Americas, 49th Floor
(Between 54th and 55th Streets)
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006, Noon sharp until 2pm
Cost: complimentary

Your Hosts:

+ David Teten, CEO, Nitron Advisors
+ John Adelman, CIMA and Paul Lewis, CFM, Wittenstein Adelman Group
+ Allan Grafman, President, All Media Ventures; Operating Partner, Mercury Capital (formerly President, Archie Comics Entertainment; CFO, Hallmark Entertainment; Tribune; Cap Cities/ABC)
+ Claire Delong, Accolo

Please RSVP with your one-page text biography to Avi Mally, AMally(at) , 1-212-682-5874 . Pre-registration is required; we will distribute your one-page biography to all the attendees. Please make sure to include your contact information on your biography, and ideally, your photo. Also, please indicate any dietary preferences (vegetarian, kosher, halal, etc.)

(Our thanks to Jeff Meshel of Mercury Capital for inspiring this event.)

June 6, 2006

Startup Manual by John Doerr

John Doerr’s Startup Manual is still timely (even though it dates from 1997).

Via Marc Cenedella’s blog

June 4, 2006

Younger siblings, better entrepreneurs?

Younger siblings, better entrepreneurs?

Which slot in the birth-order sequence makes for the most successful entrepreneurs?
Ben Dattner: It’s not that cut and dried. There are positives and negatives — and examples of successful business people — from all the places in the birth-order spectrum. For instance, first-born entrepreneurs tend to be more extroverted and confident than their younger siblings.

In a business where somebody needs to maintain a high PR profile, you could imagine that it might be easier if you’re naturally extroverted and confident. Especially if you’ll be called on to talk to the media as the public face of your company. First-borns also tend to be more assertive and authoritarian, dominant and inflexible. They’re good at executing a plan, following it, and driving others to follow it in a disciplined way. Conformist, task-oriented, disciplined, and concerned with getting things done right — all these traits are naturally found in first-borns.


May 26, 2006

Great collection of job-hunting resources for MBAs

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 10:43 am —


May 24, 2006

Advice to Fledgling Consultants

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 9:19 am —

Greg Narain has some sound Advice to Fledgling Consultants.

May 23, 2006

Master US Job Board Directory

Posted in General, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 11:16 am —

AIRS has a master directory of job boards by geography and industry:

May 22, 2006

Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 9:41 am —

Tricks to Improve Your Memory

7 ways to recall your PIN number, the location of your wallet, or other key information.


Via Lifehacker.

May 18, 2006

Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA Handbook

The MBAs of the Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA program have posted summaries of all of their classes at:

This is a handy reference site—a summary of what you learn in an executive
MBA, all on one website.