Steve Jobs never called himself an innovator. He called himself a master connector.
Are All MBAs (and I am talking about better quality MBA programs) really successful?
Are all non-MBAs struggling to achieve greater heights?
No. In fact, some of them are leading teams of high profile MBAs.
Hence, you don’t need to be an MBA to be successful. But, what is the catch here?
MBA beyond a 3-letter word
So, what is an MBA?
Let’s decode a magical black box where people enter and after a year or two, leave wearing business suits and talking jargons. Like most educational bodies, good business schools also (or should) provide you with a structure to fix some important aspects for your future growth:
- Your business perspective. Understand the world better. Ability to see the big picture and plan actions.
- Your ability to articulate your vision and align ecosystem around you. Ability to form opinions.
- Building connections and network.
If you are not good in these areas, you can receive some help from a business school provided you are proactive and want to fix these. You can view them as catalysts.
So, what about Steve Jobs?
Would anyone disagree that Steve Jobs seemed to know where the world is going, how technology can change behaviour, and above all, what customers need? He was a great combination of big picture vision and minute details.
According to Dr Ram Charan, most people don’t know that Steve Jobs never called himself an innovator. He called himself a master connector.
Some of it would be genius and some would be experience. Remember, he never did anything which we can call “safe and comfortable”.
And what about us?
If you believe that your business perspective, your ability to connect, articulate & influence is comparable to Steve Jobs, I am sure you don’t need any help now. You are good to go. Congratulations!
But, if you need to enhance them, then do something. I am not suggesting MBA but do anything that would help. Remember, objective is not a certificate but the skills behind that.
- Open a startup! Give it your all. You’ll learn a lot in process even if you fail (which is highly probable).
- Ask for more responsibility in your job even if you have no idea how to deliver it
- Write blogs, produce videos, make them viral. Learn about audience preferences
- Choose an intense hobby so you can connect to people on a weekend.
- Negotiate for no reason. Negotiate at a fixed price store. Don’t take no for an answer and see what happens
If you find these ideas unstructured, address it through an academic program. You will find similar people who need constant motivation and clear structure to learn.
Don’t be in denial! People unable to quit smoking will give you an example of a chain smoker who lived 113 years. Don’t do that; you are not Steve Jobs.
Don’t do an MBA but be aware and build your skills.