16 June 2009

A Picture...


Sometimes people ask me why I went back to school. In terms of this diagram, I wanted to move left from the area labeled, "Learn to say 'No.'"

10 comments:

Ali said...

So what exactly did you do on your return to school? Phd, MBA?

David said...

I'm halfway through a PhD in Strategic Management.

Brit said...

That picture makes it look so simple.

Peter Burnet said...

Yes, everything David needed to know he learned in kindergarden.

David said...

Other than Hierarchical Linear Modeling.

Harry Eagar said...

Hurry up and finish. You are desperately needed.

joe shropshire said...

Desperately needed doing what, exactly? Every GS-14 worth his tasselled loafers has a shelf full of books on strategic management. Ocean's full. But at least you've got a trade to fall back on.

David said...

That seems odd to me. Strategic management, the study of why some organizations outperform other organizations, really doesn't have much to say to federal bureaucrats.

Harry Eagar said...

I was thinking that many important private businesses seem not to know what they are doing.

Perhaps I shouldn't say this, but many years ago a reporter I didn't think much of went off to business school, got an MBA and was named vice president for strategy for one of the state's biggest corporations.

I wouldn't have trusted her to cover a 2-alarm fire. I left not long after, so I don't know how she did.

On the other hand, I have long contended that businessmen would be well rewarded to hire me, or someone like me, to look over their strategic programs with an historical eye.

I am not an admirer of American management on average, but at least in principle it could be improved.

Ali said...

Make you sure you give the Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig a good thumb-through.