MBAs should be pass or fail

Pass Or Fail
Pass Or Fail

Ever have so much to say that you don’t know where to start?

Sitting here, fingers on the laptop keyboard, I’m hard pressed to find the right place to begin.

And as someone who has worked professionally for 36 years, been to hell and back (twice), overcome addiction, overcome (an invisible) disability, constantly struggles with health challenges, and generally has the weight of the world on my shoulders, inspiration for today’s post should come easy.

But it’s not.

Maybe Sundays would be better off as a “day of rest”.

If that would prove valuable, I’d like rant about MBA degrees. In searching for an MBA program that would suit my ADD, high achieving, aggressively unfancy, professionally antagonistic, uncommonly insightful, intuitive, and overall impatient personality – this may prove helpful in annoying people enough to change.

MBA degrees should be pass or fail, and require a three year commitment.

At the end of your studies, if you do not have a profitable business, you fail.

However, if your tax return, for your entrepreneurial business, has turned a profit, you pass.

And a few moments ago, it seemed as if today’s post wasn’t going to happen.

It’s good  to disagree, and I respect you if you do (and most of you do). It’s also good to measure usefulness. Try taking your MBA degree to the Bank.  See how much they’ll give you for it.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. JJ, I have a BS and a Masters in Education. I’ve never taught in any public or private school system…and yet I use the skills, techniques, & procedures that I learned every single day.

    Upon graduation I didn’t chose the education field.

    In your “Rant” you assume that the person with an MBA wants to run thier own business or wants to be in business. Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up….I’m still working on it myself.

    However, that MBA graduate may make an excellent teacher, investor, consultant, author, administrator, etc…and maybe somewhere in the business universe.

    Sometimes as we walk down our path doors we didn’t know existed or considered open up to us.

    Just a thought.

    Please accept my heartfelf congratulations on overcoming some demons and achieving what you have so far.

  2. Skip, thanks for agreeing to disagree. That’s one of the absolute rules here. No one is the complete authority (well, there is One). Disagreeing is not only expected, but demanded in world-class scenarios.

    None of what I do is meant to be disrespectful. Calling myself addicted or disabled isn’t intended to be derogatory. It’s intended to challenge.

    And yet, an MBA, an addiction, a disability, are all enormous opportunities to grow and prosper well past any limiting beliefs society generally has.

    The challenge is we inherit society’s inaccurate stereotypes, mostly.

    I see so many people sacrificing to get an MBA, with the warped sense of the payoff.

    It isn’t the paper that does it, it’s the transformation in the person that does it. Unless there is serious effort to transform yourself upon graduation, the MBA isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

    I accept full responsibility that I may be wrong and full responsibility that I may be right.

  3. One of my long-term goals is to use these blogs to create a dialogue among readers. And to simply serve as a conduit for transformational thinking and transformational behavior.

    We must become the change we wish to see. If we don’t step up, why should anyone else?

    This is a lofty vision that may be impossible. It also may not be impossible. Ya with me?

  4. I would submit to you that an MBA proves at least one thing about a person. Something that is or should be on the mind of every interviewer in every organization.

    An MBA proves that a person has the discipline to learn. That they can be taught.

    There are, of course, other ways of proving that.

    I chose my MBA program based on the St Leo’s reputation for academic excellence and on a program that fit my life.

    One other thought. Life isn’t pass or fail. Salvation or Damnation. Life is about the way you spend your time on the dash between the dates.

  5. Love this diversity of perspective. Have to run for now, but will be back later to add some more diversity. Thank you Mike and Skip for not being agreeable. Seriously. 🙂

  6. Ok, thought about this overnight (mostly because I was too busy working), and have decided that another blog post is appropriate.

    Meanwhile, I still believe what I wrote. And you believe what you believe. (and I still love you guys, in spite of that)

    What’s hidden in this discussion is ultimately the whole point in the first place.

    Expect a different approach to the same idea. Ok?

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