Monday, January 18, 2010

Broader MBA Horizons

In response to the concepts of Roger Martin in the Harvard Business Review, the expansion of depth and breadth along a dynamic axis in current MBA programs is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

Knowing that the days of business as usual are over, the world is searching and waiting for solutions to the problems we face. Given the current crisis in Haiti, we need all the help we can get. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

With all business problems that are more easily surmountable than providing aid to Haiti, it doesn't need to seem so drastic. All Roger Martin is really asking for is that MBA students maintain their own identities rather than becomes cogs in the wheel.

With a little help from enlightened thinkers, this current generation of MBA's can become the solution the world needs. It means we must collectively find the middle road. The hard-hearted must soften and the soft must harden to survive.

An MBA should feel comfortable when speaking his or her mind, primarily when it comes from an understanding that we are all in this together. We must collectively create the paradigm shift necessary to pull us out of the negative cycles now commonly known as the GFC.

A new generation has arrived, here to provide solutions to the problems of the past, but only if we position ourselves as having the power to do so. We give our power away if we fit too easily into the machine as it stands. The machine needs an upgrade. We are the repairs.

I wouldn't advise anyone completing an MBA to be content fitting into a predefined job description for long. If we aren't actively changing the language of business as we mold it in our image, we are doing the world a disservice.

Be bold and thoroughly yourself. It's what the world is waiting for.

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