Is the MBA useless?

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Managers Not MBAs: Debating the Merits of Business Education

A Canadian (Henry Mintzberg) and a Brazilian (Ricardo Semler) are giving their two cents on MBA’s to a class of MBA students at Sloan School of Management in MIT Leadership Center.


Hostage or captor?


How are you separating yourself from your peers? Someone already said you are a team of very different individuals, but are you adjusting to your team or being resilient in standing out? So here is my challenge for you – look inward and analyze yourself. What skills are you happy with, where will they most likely take you? Do you want to go there? What is your dream, what skills do you have that fits this and what skills do you need? Do the right people know and how are they currently helping you in this direction? How are you making it easy for them to push you into the direction you want to go into?
Something think about and attempt doing everyday.

Life of a Head Goose.

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Quark, quark, quark…

Geese are interesting creatures. One particular aspect recently was brought to my attention, as an example of team leadership. Have you ever wondered why geese fly in V-shapes?

It is very straightforward. They do so because it gives them better aerodynamics and allows them to fly longer distances while spending less energy. It requires one goose to step up and become the head goose. What is appealing, is that this role switches all the time. Even indication of altruistic behaviour can be observed (E.g. when one goose drops out V-shape due to health, 2 geese will stay with the sick to ensure it will have a V-shape formation to fly in).

It is a compelling analogy giving insight in how a group can rotate leadership. As one steps up and toils away the others will ride along – now you might say they feel peer pressure and obliged to follow or motivated and willing to follow. The underlying condition is that it gives us a few things to consider

– Can teams leverage this for their performance?

– If leadership becomes distributed this way, would everyone become managers?

– How can you ensure this is a motivational factor and not a stress factor?

– How can this be communicated if at all?

– Is this type only suitable for introverts or extroverts?

More of these questions has already been raised in the Leaders Everywhere Challenge.

Paraprosdokians – guest post by jyjchen

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Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.
11. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
12. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..
13. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

14. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

Leo & Tim on goals.

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I just finished up watching this video and can highly recommend watching L&T discussing goals. Both guys are on my list of weekly reads and seeing them grind heads are quite interesting. Somethings that boggled in my mind was

– Achieving 60% of goals

– closing your eyes and reviewing your last 48 hours before your imaginary demise

– Being contend with the status quo

– Not all who wander are lost

– focus vs. presence

– success vs fulfilment

– appreciation vs achievement

The best piece of advice someone has given me.


This is a though one to answer. I carry around so much advice that not one can be justified. Though one came quite close as the best quote. It might sound egocentric when I say it came from me, but perhaps it helps to add I was ten. I said Don’t worry. It will be alright.

The words were said to my grandmother standing to my right.

Just before saying so I gently took her hand.

In front of us lay my grandfather in his casket.

Her hand was cold and yet damp.

Her hand was trembling, and she was crying.

Around us where the rest of my family.

I shifted her hand to my left and reached around her waist.

She fell at ease and seemed to become peaceful.

When we left the room, my father put his hand on my right shoulder:

“Well done. That was very kind of you.”

Many years later, I often recall that memory and the little ten-year old boy. I had very little, if any, idea of what I did back then. Now, I see how kind it was. Even though I can never know all the memories my grandmother shared with my grandfather. Nevertheless, that little kid gave me some of the best advice! Share your best advice and always remember; Don’t worry. It will be alright!

One in five American adults does not use the internet!


This was the findings of a research done by PewResearchCentercompleted this month. Pew also found that “the main reason they don’t go online is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them.” and “Currently, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer“.

We often get amazed by the abundance of information the internet supplies us. Everything from LoL Kittens to how  you build your own open-source tractor and other farming machinery. We share, tweet and blog so everyone can follow or stay updated. We think everyone has access, but are we wrong in doing so? I rarely ponder on if anyone does or doesn’t have access. To me, the phrase: “let me send you an e-mail” has become as normal as “I will call you“.

Denmark has even committed itself to digitizing the public sector and make paper obsolete by default. Signing documents through digital signature has become normal. The other day I learned you can apply for loans electronically in the morning and receive the funds on you account the same day. I was told this works for car loans as well as mortgages. You just collect all needed documentation and submit it through online banking. The same day you will receive a contract that needs you digital signature. When signed the funds will be on your account within the hour. Amazing, but also a little scary.

It raises so many questions, about that 1/5 of the population with no interest. Will they be a lost generation in slow demise? I know the size of this group may be smaller in Denmark, but I believe this to be true with my grandparents and to some extend my own parents and their surroundings. However if you are below 40 I feel this problem is not relevant anymore. But if you are below 40 and without internet connection I would probably not reach you anyway, right?

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