Leadership consultant Kevin Brimhall of JFD Performance Solutions Speaks with Meredith College MBAs

Whether or not you are thinking about getting an MBA or possibly already have one, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your MBA experience.

Online PR News – 03-September-2010 – – Kevin Brimhall, President of JFD Performance Solutions, a business coaching and consulting firm, spoke last week to the entering class of MBA students at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Brimhall’s participation is one component of a Meredith MBA program initiative developed to integrate career and academics.

Brimhall challenged the students, most of whom work full-time and many of whom hold business leadership positions, to broaden their perspective on their upcoming MBA experience. With the task in front of them of successfully completing a challenging two-year, part-time MBA program while balancing their already busy personal and professional lives, Brimhall said he wanted to focus his talk on two primary objectives: exposing them to a broader, leadership perspective regarding their upcoming MBA experience, and providing them with some practical ideas and actions to help them get the most out of the next two years…and beyond.

The session began with Brimhall asking why the students wanted to get an MBA. Responses were thoughtful yet consistent with what one might expect, such as improved job skills, higher earning potential, new contacts, exposure to new subject areas, and improved job prospects. Brimhall comments, “When I received my MBA I did a lot right, but there were many areas where I could have done better, and having a broader perspective was one of them. Leaders take the long view. Leaders put current situations and activities in context, and MBA students need to do the same.” He then discussed with the students a variety of ways that this could be accomplished. “These concepts will help our students think about how the MBA experience can enhance their career long before they actually earn their degree,” stated Page Midyette, Director of the MBA Program.

“The Meredith MBA provides a uniquely personalized experience as compared to many AACSB accredited MBA programs and our students seek more than just a degree,” Midyette continued. “This initiative is one more way to provide a comprehensive MBA experience that creates an immediate connection between the classroom and the workplace.” Students noted that Brimhall’s talk revealed new ways of “looking at the big picture” by giving “good suggestions on incorporating classroom knowledge with work, now and going forward.”

About Kevin Brimhall: Kevin Brimhall established JFD Performance Solutions in 2003 after eighteen very successful years in five different General Electric (GE) businesses. Kevin leverages his unique perspective and experience to provide the best of business coaching and consulting to meet the individual and organizational needs of his clients. Kevin speaks regularly at area businesses, industry conferences and trade organizations, and JFD Performance Solutions hosts frequent webinars on topics related to organizational and personal excellence, leadership development, productivity improvement, and business development. As president of JFD Performance Solutions, Kevin is active with a variety of professional and community organizations. For more information, please contact Kevin Brimhall, President, at kevinb@perfsolutions.com or 919-758-8502. www.jfdperfsolutions.com.

About Meredith College School of Business (www.meredith.edu/graduate/business/index.php): Designed for working professionals, the Meredith College MBA program prepares men and women to succeed in today’s global business environment. Meredith's School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the “gold standard” for business schools worldwide.