From my experiences in the corporate world, attending IPMI International Business School (www.ipmi.ac.id) for my MBA (Masters) was one of the best decisions of my life. It has played a huge role into my daily work-life in the office and especially in driving concrete results. It also gives me the ability to speak with various other divisions outside of my own division using “their” language to spark critical thinking conversation, as I am currently in the Division of Marketing & Business Development. It also lets me see things with much more clarity.
In attending business school, I didn’t only learn about the nuts and bolts of business such as finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resources, business strategy, etc, but I also learned the importance of interaction within groups and teams to discuss cases and issues for decision making. I also learned that for you to get results in Marketing, you have to go out there in the field to network and talk to people. I mean talk to real people with real conversations; not those virtual conversations, but those genuine relationships you build with people. Upon graduation, I gained a handful of network and connections while being in Business School and automatically part of the large alumni of former graduates.
I also learned the importance of soft skills, attitude and processes. And, I learned that for you to seek a solution, you must have to first define the correct problem. If you rush into solution seeking without digging deeper in the problem definition, you might be wasting your time finding a solution for the wrong problem. Also I learned that when you can conclude or investigate something, you have to base it on concrete data and come back with more concrete data to back up your justification.
But in addition to all that, I think one of the most important things I learned at business school is the ability to think; or in other words, learning about the art of thinking. Having the ability to think is the core of a corporate employee and the core of being successful (In being successful I mean, being able to accomplish what you want to do while benefiting others and getting rewarded for it in terms of money, prestige, links, respect, etc.)
Not many employees realize that they are paid a salary to think. This is one of the most important things any manager needs to understand. They are paid to find sustainable solutions effectively and efficiently for the organization they’re working for by thinking. Thinking is hard work and takes a lot of energy, that’s why few do it and that’s why few are masters at it.
In conclusion, you don’t need to take my word for it to be where you want to be. I’m basing this on my own experiences. Remember that if you are a paid employee, you are paid or given a monthly salary to think, make decisions, develop your team (if you have a team to manage) or be a team player, take responsibility for those decisions, take action, and improve that process all over again. Cheers.
By the way: I graduated from IPMI International Business school > http://www.ipmi.ac.id