Is an MBA worth the cost?

“Is an MBA worth the cost?” is the challenging question Jessica Stillman brightly addresses in “5 lessons you learn your first year at Harvard Business School”, extensively reviewing a post by Ellen Chisa, Harvard Business School student, who singles out the main lessons from each of the ten core classes.

Variables of expected return on investment largely depend on individual criteria, as successful business people have both advocated and renounced the degree. While going through her bright analysis, a prospective student may eventually make up her mind on whether to continue dreaming about Boston or not.

Is an MBA worth the cost

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Principles of Leadership


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  • Do I heckle my subordinates or strengthen and encourage them?
  • Do I use moral courage in getting rid of subordinates who have proven themselves beyond doubt to be unfit?
  • Have I done all in my power by encouragement, incentive and spur to salvage the weak and erring?
  • Do I know by NAME and CHARACTER a maximum number of subordinates for whom I am responsible? Do I know them intimately?
  • Am I thoroughly familiar with the technique, necessities, objectives and administration of my job?
  • Do I lose my temper at individuals?
  • Do I act in such a way as to make my subordinates WANT to follow me?
  • Do I delegate tasks that should be mine?
  • Do I arrogate everything to myself and delegate nothing?
  • Do I develop my subordinates by placing on each one as much responsibility as he can stand?
  • Am I interested in the personal welfare of each of my subordinates, as if he were a member of my family?
  • Have I the calmness of voice and manner to inspire confidence, or am I inclined to irascibility and excitability?
  • Am I a constant example to my subordinates in character, dress, deportment and courtesy?
  • Am I inclined to be nice to my superiors and mean to my subordinates?
  • Is my door open to my subordinates?
  • Do I think more of POSITION than JOB?
  • Do I correct a subordinate in the presence of Others?

Source: Leadership now


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Learn, Unlearn, Relearn


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The Diplo calendar 2015 realized by Stefano Baldi and Ed Gelbstein presents a selection of the wisdom accumulated by humanity over the centuries that has stood the test of time and remains as valid as ever. The hope is that it will inspire you and lead you to explore the thoughts of the people who in one way or another have changed human history for the better .

For the month of October the selected quotation is by Alvin Toffler (b. 1928) – American writer and futurist known for his works discussing the digital, communications and corporate revolutions arising from technological innovation.


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10 Invaluable Books for Moving Hearts and Minds


The Roman philosopher Epictetus once said, “Books are the training weights of the mind”.

Reading is an exercise that enriches the way we think, feel, and behave. Reading makes it possible to reach a new understanding about ourselves and the world and to expand our knowledge.

In this articlePaul Jun draws up a subjective list of the books he feels are timeless and helpful in both our personal and professional endeavors. Actually reading reflects a willingness to learn and change minds, to be open to new ideas and concepts that may indeed bolster both personal and professional endeavors.


Four Biggest Myths About Being a Great Leader


A lot of people who think they understand leadership have fallen for some common myths and misconceptions. According to Lolly Daskal, it would be better to learn what these myths are so one can uncover the truth.

The truth is that ‘leadership is a privilege—maybe even a calling. It’s something that has to be earned and learned over time’.

To be a real leader, make sure you’re not building your own leadership on any of these commonly held myths:

1. The myth of entrepreneurial leadership

It’s easy to assume that all entrepreneurs are leaders, but just because someone has a great and timely idea and can organize and operate a business, the truth is they aren’t necessarily a leader.

2. The myth of management as leadership

Leadership cannot be equated with management, even if it often occurs. If you’re a manager, you’re focused on maintaining systems, processes, and best practices. But if you’re a leader, much of your time is spent working to influence people. They’re both important roles, but they’re not the same thing.

3. The myth of trailblazer as leadership

Just because you’re standing in front of the crowd, you’re not necessarily the leader. The best leaders take their place alongside their people, helping propel them forward to a shared mission and vision. They may even be behind them, watching their backs.

4. The myth of position as leadership

The No. 1 top myth about leadership is the idea that leadership resides in certain positions. If you’re a at the top, you’re a leader. If at the bottom, there’s no room for leadership. In reality, the truth is that leadership has absolutely nothing to do with position.

Every business and work group has a boss, but only some have a leader at the helm. So if you’re in charge, or if you aspire to be, you have a decision to make: are you going to be the boss or are you going to be the leader? If you’re going to choose the second approach, remember that:

1. True leadership is about influence, nothing more and nothing less.
2. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed or assigned.
3. True leadership can never be mandated, only earned.

And the best proof is not the leader’s personal success but the success of those who follow.

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Struggling with deadlines? Write down a to-do-list!


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A simple but effective solution to flying deadlines could be writing down a to-do list: chunking your daily tasks into easy to digest, bite-size pieces could actually revolutionize your working strategies improving your overall performance. This article by Vanessa Loder provides you with five tips to make your to-do-list even more helpful:

1.Keep it simple.

2.Write your to-do-list the night before.

3.Tackle the first item on your list first thing in the morning when you are fresh.

4. If you have a hard time limiting your to-do-list to a maximum of three items write a mind dump.

5. Sometimes small is big. Be strategic about your energy.

To-Do List

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