Art Kleiner, author of “The Age of Heretics” a book on management strategies discusses preparing for a career as a manager. Kleiner casts doubts on the value of obtaining an MBA degree stating that there may be a glut of MBA’s in the near future. He discusses alternate skills and characteristics that he believes will better prepare people for management careers.
- In business, differentiation is the path to success: standing out from the competition, through your position or capabilities or sheer force of will, enough to carve a future for yourself.
- Personal differentiation isn’t just about building a personal brand, although it is valuable to establish a reputation for insights or expertise that few others can equal.
- As you go through school, spend as much time as you can learning about real enterprises: volunteering or doing internships, working during breaks, perhaps even founding your own.
“Everyone else will be unconsciously following the dictates of some dead economist. In the country of the MBAs, you’ll have to strive to cultivate your judgment and figure out which ideas are worth heeding.”