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# Essay - Impact

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24 Sep 2006, 23:55
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Please tell us about a time when you had an impact on a person, group, or organization. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

Do you think it is okay to narrate an incident that is not yet complete. Something that was started in the past but is yet to show some definate results?

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25 Sep 2006, 03:19
I'd like to define the word 'impact' as 'the positive change you made on others'.

Changes should be lasting and sustainable.

You can say you did this and that on others, but you cannot say how others are changed because you don't see the results yet.
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25 Sep 2006, 14:39
sm176811 wrote:
For the Qn -

Please tell us about a time when you had an impact on a person, group, or organization. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

Do you think it is okay to narrate an incident that is not yet complete. Something that was started in the past but is yet to show some definate results?

Thanks,
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No I dont think so. The problem is that you can describe felt, said, did, etc but there's no end result - no positive end. There has to be SOMETHING positive at the end of the story.

That being said, maybe you can come up with one. For example, lets say it had to do with some project you are on that isnt finished --- but did your changes do any of the following?

1. Reduce Cost (less headcount, less time, lower level employees doing the work instead of lots of leads? etc etc etc)
2. Reduce timelines (was the project plan timeline reduced?)
3. Streamline processes (did you have less headcount required to complete the project)
4. Mitigate risk (did you identify processes to save the firm?)

Cause, even if the project isnt done with - you have something to point to.

Also, I could have sworn I'd seen this question somewhere. Waht school is this?
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25 Sep 2006, 14:58
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Also, I could have sworn I'd seen this question somewhere. Waht school is this?

..MIT. A few other schools have similar questions, like Ross, Wharton, etc
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