Walt Disney Had No MBA

Walt Disney didn’t have an MBA.  Neither did his older brother, Roy Disney. So?

So, maybe you don’t need an MBA to be successful.  Maybe you do. There are people in both camps – some insisting it’s mandatory, some it’s a complete waste of time and money.

Guess what?  I’m in the middle. I think you don’t need one and you do need one.  So that’s what I’ve set out to do.  Get one and not get one.

Confusing?  It won’t be.  As the days pass and we get nearer to the autumnal equinox, this paradox will become clear.

It’s a four year degree, which I began January 2008.  There are big life choices.  We all get to choose.

For example, ten years ago I chose to be healthier, so I started doing one push up each day.  The second week, two push ups each day. Third week, three a day, and so on.

Last month, I represented the United States in the Master’s Track & Field World Championships, in Lahti, Finland.

Our Similarities Are Different

MBA – If you have one, are getting one, or plan to in the future, an MBA carries a certain clout.

People seek clout for a variety of reasons.  Mostly, it would seem, to advance their career and their paycheck.

In a competitive world, key advantages make for good strategy.  But because everyone knows an MBA increases one’s chances over one without an MBA, you’d think more people would actually get an MBA.

So why don’t they?  Not sure.  In fact, it’s really inconsequential.

The MBA I’m pursuing is for the same reasons, but the approach I’m taking is a completely different strategy than anyone else I know.

Seems our similarities are different.

jungle jeff, Vision, Mission, Brand

Vision, Mission, Brand. Corporate speak? Sure. Critical success factors? Absolutely.  Or, just plain old common sense?

How many successful businesses operate without these?  “None“, would probably be pretty accurate. Seriously, how could they?

And if they can’t be successful, how can we? Ever wonder about your personal life – without a personal vision, mission, and brand?

When companies evaluate their employee, customer and financial goals and results, do you think they could save time and money by not laboring over these things?

Of course. But that would be very short-sighted and very foolish.

Is it me, or is it hot in here?

Yesterday’s post inspired this one.  “Without clearly defined…..”

Tomb of the Unknown Quote

“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” —  anonymous

jungle jeff MBA

jungle jeff MBA.  Who woulda thought, after all these years, I’d be returning to school to get an MBA?

Why do people return to school after decades of real-world leadership experience?  Many reasons to be sure.

The main reason is the pursuit of a better way of life.  Can you imagine, “Nope, heading back to school because I have all this extra time and money.  Plus, I’m bored stiff just sitting around”?.

Dude, seriously, we need to talk.  It don’t happen like this.  In fact, my story is almost a fairy tale of a completely different sort.

My professor is crazy.  He’s cool, but tough.  On the first day, he told me everyone who attends his class has three years to do something that no other MBA requires….