Tag: MBA Relationships

MBA Students Do You See Yourself as Your MBA Peers See You

Recently, I suggested that MBA programs might want to develop a “no asshole rule.” In response, one Associate Dean at a major university created a blog post asking his readers if their MBA programs needed a “no asshole rule.” While there may be a need for such a rule, not all MBA programs will establish one. Without a “no asshole rule,” the burden of managing behavior shifts to individual MBA students and a good starting point is one’s own behavior. The key is to make sure others do not perceive you as an MBA asshole.

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MBA Program No Asshole Rule

Building a Civilized MBA Program and Surviving One That Isn’t

Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton starts his New York Times bestseller book, The No Asshole Rule saying, “When I encounter a mean-spirited person, the first thing I think is: ‘Wow, what an asshole!’”

My version of his statement, “When I encounter a mean-spirited and obnoxious MBA student, the first thing I think is: Wow, what an asshole!” Most of the time I did not share this thought with anyone. However, during MBA class periods when a particularly obnoxious MBA student acted like a jerk, you could see by the expressions on faculty members’ and students’ faces there was a consensus that this student was indeed an MBA asshole.

MBA programs have their share of assholes. As hard as they try to filter them out, MBA program recruiters and admission committees do on occasion accept one or two assholes into a class. Furthermore, deans and department chairs will sometimes assign asshole faculty members to teach an MBA class. With this in mind, and staying with the title of Dr. Sutton’s book, I want to ask, “Does your MBA program have a no asshole rule?” If not, should your MBA program adopt a no asshole rule?

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MBAs Enhance Your Wellbeing by Sharing Your Homework Time

Managing work-life balance, social wellbeing, and family activities while earning an MBA is challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced electronic world. For MBA students finding time to do that which is important is difficult. One option MBA students may want to consider is sharing homework time.

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