all types of leaders, with all types of personalities and career goals, and the
Executive MBA program offers a personalized experience to fit each of them.
Montgomery, class of 2013, knew he could do more in his company, and wanted to
move up faster, but knew he needed the credibility of an MBA to get there. Jeff
works in banking, and after the financial crisis in 2008, felt he had hit a
road block in his career. While his employer didn’t sponsor him in the
Executive MBA program, Jeff found it worth the personal investment thanks to
the financial and personal ROI, including lifelong friendships. Today, Jeff is
a branch president at Cendera Bank.
Here’s a look at the program from Jeff’s
Return on Investment
It didn't take until the end of the program to see the ROI. I was
immediately a better employee. I had my best-ever year at that company while I
was doing the MBA, because it untaps all this potential that you don't realize
you have until you're put into a pressure cooker.
From a financial ROI, I make more now per year than I paid for the
entire program. So it had an immediate benefit, and I paid off every penny of
my MBA in three years.
Developing as a Leader
We all have a unique leadership style. You've got to develop
something that's genuine to who you are, so the coaching in the program is so
critical. I'll never forget my coach telling me at one point in the process,
when I was struggling, she said, “Well you know, Jeff, you just might have the
ability to tolerate a little bit more chaos than other people.”
It was kind of an “aha” moment. I was trying to change who I was instead
of just sticking with my core values, and being who I am.
As a leader, I'm not a dictator. I'm more of a collaborator. So,
how do you lead a team from a collaborative point of view? I found a way that
works for me, but it's not the only
right way. It's the way that I can
lead, and be authentic. I don't think I would have ever developed that self-confidence
to be exactly who I am, and be the leader that I can be, without that trial-by-error
Building Lifelong Relationships
Another part of the ROI is the relationships you make. I'm leaving
on a ski trip with half the guys in my class on Friday. That’s six or seven
years after we started the program. So, the program would have been worth every
penny to me, just for those relationships. I would do it over without
Finding the Time
Several hundred people went before you and all figured it out. So
there's a way to make it happen. My work made me come in early and stay late on
the weeks that we had Friday class. That actually turned out to be a huge
blessing, because I used that extra time in the morning, and in the afternoon
or evening, to do all my school work. If I'm sitting there in the bank, I might
as well use that time – there weren't any customers before nine and after five.
My wife and I had a kid while I was in the program, and while I
might not suggest it, we still made it work. Your spouse will amaze you with
what they can get done; your growth is imperative to them, too. And your kids
are resilient. So if you have a kid right now, who’s in that age range, that
you think, “I can't imagine all that time being away from them,” it's a short
period of life if you really think about it. I don't think there's an age group
that you can't make this work.
The Bottom Line: Unlocking Your Potential
If you want to talk about unlocking your potential as an employee,
or as a business owner, as whatever, I believe that we all have more potential
than we're realizing. It takes some kind of outside force. Whether it's the TCU
program, or some pivotal person in your life, or whatever it is, there's some
outside agent of change that can unlock your potential to make you a better
employee, a better employer, a better spouse, a better parent, whatever it is,
and I found that the TCU EMBA program did that for me.