Showing posts with label harvard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label harvard. Show all posts

Friday, October 26, 2012

MBA Mission Control

In a recent post, I waxed poetic about the meaning of culture from a sociological perspective and applied it to business school in my typical post-meta ridiculous.  (That's a self-referential joke about being silly that is in itself not even that silly.)  I made a distinction between schools that promote the achievements of individuals versus those that promote the impact one has on society.  I wanted to delve deeper into this idea, to explore the mission and vision of different business schools to see what kind of comparisons we could draw.  The way I see it, all schools fall along a spectrum between the two. Leadership has a purpose, and the question is whether schools are cultivating businesspeople to be Great Leaders or Great Changers.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Anxiety of Meaningless Data

Talk about a birds-eye view of the situation!
The waiting season has really begun.  When you look at the admission process as an objective observer, you're bound to see how silly it all is.  We stress and bemoan the waiting time, but in the end, we're all waiting exactly the same amount of time.  Sure, some of us get invited for interviews earlier than others, but at the end of the day, no one is going to hear until mid December.

The biggest issue right now is the overwhelming amount of informational "pseudo-data" (i.e. candidates saying they were invited).  Great! This tidbit here tells us nothing about where we individually sit in in the process!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Visit Overload

Over the past week I have gone from extreme enthusiasm to utter overload. My exposure included alumni panels, informational meetings, all-day events, and networking activities. After 5 events in 10 days, my brain needs a serious reprieve from applications and business school.  I am hoping that a quick brain dump into my blog will empty the clutter and provide the respite I need.  Or at least keep my brain from exploding.

So in chronological order with the highlights and concerns either of the event and/or the school:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sassiness Scales

I am mostly done with my first round of drafts for my four applications, and I decided to devote a post to rating and discussing the relative difficulty of each school's overall application. The scale I'm using is my "Sassiness" meter.  How much sassiness does it take to ask these questions?  And how much grit and gumption will we need to answer them? Read on intrepid sasser and fear not.  Our sass is tops! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Project B-school!

Your business school application essays should be like runway models.  They should be polished, dramatic, and authentic.  The fabrics and styles must define you.  In fact, if you've got the raw material, whip up that silk charmeuse, wool knits, and seamless leather into something fabulous.   You've got the goods, now deliver!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Princess and the Pea: My visit to the castle

Schools are looking for the best people for their pearly white towers.  They want someone special to live in their castles, places already rich with tales of great political battles, of grand slayings of fiduciary dragons, and of noble ventures in banking.  They're looking for delightful, charming, and beautiful princesses. Fortunately for us though, we earn keys to the castle if we prove we're truly princess material. If we can prove that we princesses are worthy of the title of MBA Queen, we'll grab ourselves a prince!