Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Musings of an ABD

I have reached the end of the doctoral cohort course work phase of my journey. Having started out as two separate cohorts, I have experienced a blending of groups that has worked out for the greater good of all.

The cohort model of learning is the definitive model for adult learning. UOP has established itself as a platform leader in this arena. The ability to learn from peers who are experts and experienced in a variety of fields, and bring various skills sets, and personal experiences to the learning process has been invaluable. The application of theories, models and readings two teams projects and group work provided opportunities for project management and leadership that will continue to have value far beyond this course.

This course has provided a good opportunity to integrate our learning on leadership. It also provided a final clarification of our personal values,views and understanding of leadership in organizational settings. I wish everyone the best in their pursuit of this dissertation. Dr. Jason Berman, who is the Dean of the Business School at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY likes to remind me that a doctorate is not a sprint, but a long distance run. There is a Biblical adage:

"The race goes not to the swift nor to the strong, but to those who endureth."

Regardless of our projected, unknown or undetermined date of graduation, wemust remember that to achieve success, we must endure.

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