"“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – attributed to former President Harry S Truman.
I get a lot of unsolicited advice, to which I listen carefully because it gives me clues about things that might really matter. Here’s a recent example.
I called on the CEO of a major enterprise, a man of no scarcity of opinions. He is a scourge of business schools—and yet I respect him and count him as a friend of over a decade. It had been a while since we talked, so I should have guessed that he had bottled up quite a rant about management education, which, when uncorked, went something like this:
New MBAs can’t do anything valuable like start or run a company, invent the new iPad or search engine, or reorganize a dying business to make it successful. They are focused too much on frameworks, theories, and abstractions about how the world works. They just re-hash ideas from anthropology, economics, psychology, and sociology. Why can’t they just focus on business directly? B-schools aren’t doing their job..."
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Source: Robert F. Bruner, Dean