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To MBA or not to MBA?

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131002144820-95015-should-i-get-an-mba-entrepreneurial-finishing-school

Good read.  I’ve come across the question a few times in my career thus far.  For the record, I don’t have an MBA.  I do have a graduate degree, though, and that helps me sleep at night.

Do I wonder I’m held back because I don’t have a business degree?  I used to think so.  But instead, I think I’m just not ready to be where I think I should be.  It takes a fairly honest look at yourself to come to this resolution.  “Why haven’t I been promoted?”  “Why didn’t they give me the job they waited 9 months to fill?”  Well, the answer is…”You’re not ready for it.”

Regardless of whether you’re in school or not, there are opportunities to learn in the workforce.  Often, I’ve found myself learning what not to repeat ever again.  But lately I’ve seen more and more examples of things I should emulate in the future.  It will help me get closer to my 5 year goal and what I want to be in business and as a person.

My advice?  Keep at the path you’re on.  If MBA is required for that path, you’ll know pretty quickly, either because you’ll explicitly be told so, or the universe will align and you’ll get into your dream school.  I don’t think you should go get an MBA unless you really need it to be successful and if you don’t get into your dream school.  The cost just doesn’t justify itself otherwise in this day and age.

Another thing to consider is the disruption happening within MBA programs.  More schools are offering 1 year mid-career programs for those who need a booster with emphasis on certain skills they are lacking to make a jump in their career (horizontally or vertically).  I can’t say that the cost is any cheaper, but it’s worth a look-see.

Happy educating!

Unlearning

Is there value in unlearning what we do for the first 22 odd years of our life?  Penelope Trunk thinks so.

I’m not so sure I find as little value as she does in the traditional tools that help children develop intellectually.

From my own experience, I started off as a poor student until I got the assistance and focus from private education.  From there, I was taught how to reason, how to apply effort in structured ways to meet societal norms around consuming information and sharing my own ideas and innovation.  These concepts spanned mathematics, science, literature, history, and economics.  (note, no geography 🙂 but that’s another topic).

I can’t 1. imagine being able to unlearn that and 2. I think these tools have their place.  Certainly there are pieces that I don’t disagree with, namely grading systems and rewards for completing your homework.

What do you think?

Watch A Teacher Make Her 3rd-Grade Kids Hate Each Other For The Best Reason Imaginable

OMG. I wish I had seen this in school. Amazing teacher. This type of education should be brought back into institutions.

Little River School Online

images“I saw this video in college, and I immediately changed my major. The payoff at the end is brilliant and a perfect metaphor for what we deal with and face every day in our society. Like “Catcher in the Rye” is to high school students, this is part of your Upworthy required reading.

1:30: This teacher begins a study that will be talked about for 40 years.
3:00: She re-creates segregation and racism in her classroom.
7:45: Mrs. Elliott flips the entire class on their heads.
10:00 Jane Elliot makes the most profound discovery about us all
11:43: The students learn something that the world is still struggling to.
There are too many great moments to point out. Just watch.” – Rafael Casal from

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