导读:Manage your ego — and more advice for MBA students 给MBA学生的忠告,正文如下:

As MBA students start their programmes, we ask leading professors for tips on how to glean the most from business school.



‘Focus: there is nothing else’



Professor Ayelet Fishbach, professor of behavioural science and marketing, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

芝加哥大学布斯商学院(University of Chicago Booth School of Business)行为科学与学教授阿耶莱特?费什巴赫(Ayelet Fishbach)


“Students must be prepared to challenge themselves, rather than prove themselves. And be open to challenge from others. MBAs must be willing to engage in everything on offer because the qualification goes way beyond just taking classes.



“Some MBAs come to the course with a college mindset, thinking it is all about grades and stick to things they are good at. Give yourself space to develop.



“And prepare mentally. For example, put away other things in life, be in the classroom — and for that time there is nothing else. Some find this very difficult, especially since we are all email addicted, but students really need to focus on what needs to be done.”



‘Managing your ego is a huge challenge’



John Colley, associate dean and professor of practice, Warwick Business School

华威商学院(Warwick Business School)副院长、实务教授约翰?科利(John Colley)


“From day one, get involved in class discussions, rather than sit out the whole time — which some students do. Be willing to challenge.



“Some MBAs arrive thinking they already know everything. They are just doing an MBA to get the qualification to further their career. But eventually they learn there is more to it.



“Have an eye on where you are going career-wise. Many do not start thinking about this until two-thirds of the way through the course.



“In the classroom, there is always the issue of ambitious students jockeying for position. Learn to get on with others and manage your ego. For many, this is a huge change.”



‘Try different things’



Kriti Jain, assistant professor in organisational behaviour and human resources, IE Business School

西班牙IE商学院(IE Business School)组织行为学与人力资源学助理教授克里蒂?哈因(Kriti Jain)


“MBA students are high achievers and often come thinking they just need to demonstrate what they already know.



“A constant problem is MBAs who turn up thinking, ‘I’m the smart one.’ They then quickly discover there are people who are as smart, if not smarter, than they are. Students will become more assertive or aggressive instead of listening to others, when in fact they could be learning from them.



“On an MBA programme we get lawyers, doctors and PhDs. If you are not open to a variety of views, you will lose out.



“Focus on building a balanced portfolio. Many MBAs focus on the things they are already good at — a banker will be good at finance, for example, so may choose finance options. But it is better try different things. Take on courses that might not bring immediate returns but will be useful later.



“There is an over-emphasis on networking, and new MBAs seem to think this is the number-one skill. But recruiters are very sharp and will be quick to see a lack of substance in a candidate.”



‘A successful job search begins straight away’



Aarti Ramaswami, academic director, global MBA, Essec

ESSEC高等商学院全球MAB学术总监阿尔蒂?拉马斯瓦米(Aarti Ramaswami)


“Many students have partners and families, so the transition from employee to student can be stressful. Think about how to manage demands and expectations, from the programme and from family. Consider how you are going to prioritise.



“Learning is an entrepreneurial activity. The MBA is not a passive process. If a student is failing to leverage opportunities within the school and classroom; failing to practise leadership and communication style; failing to seek critical feedback from peers and others, they are not making the most of it.



“A successful job search begins straight away. Reaching out to companies and industry experts takes time and it is never too early to start. Essec organises career fairs and company visits, and students can work with careers advisers.



“Learning about the city or country you are living in, and how you can embed yourself in the community, can also help you adjust.”



‘Don’t look for instant gratification’



Tim Morris, professor of management studies, Sa?d Business School, University of Oxford

牛津大学赛德商学院(Sa?d Business School, University of Oxford)管理研究教授蒂姆?莫里斯(Tim Morris)


“MBAs focus too much on the practical application of what they are learning. Instead, read hard material that is abstract, think about what it is telling or not telling you, and be patient. “



“Too often students are very bright but not getting the most out of their MBA because they want instant gratification. This is in contrast to senior executives on the EMBA who want to soak up hard, complex concepts. I want to see MBAs do this.



“Do not walk into an MBA thinking just about business. Keep thinking more broadly about politics, international relations, demographics — ageing populations, for example — science, and what is happening culturally in the world.



“Students’ biggest pitfall is not reflecting enough. Too many become obsessed with the dream of becoming a tech entrepreneur. It is not for everyone, so students should try to get away from this.



“And students ought to leave tech behind. Turn off your phone and immerse yourself in what you are learning.”



‘Remain humble and keep working hard’



Professor Juan Antonio Fernández, associate dean and MBA director, China Europe International Business School

中欧国际工商学院副教务长和MBA课程主任范悦安(Juan Antonio Fernández)教授


“The MBA is an 18-month marathon, not a sprint, so you need to be mentally and physically ready.



“It is all about the balance: studying and finding time to immerse yourself in the never-ending flow of activities and events happening outside the classroom; between moments of feeling as if you have got it all together and frantic times when you realise there is no way to meet a deadline unless your entire team works through the night.



“On the first full day there is an exam for each new class. In between settling in, exploring the campus and getting to know your classmates, Ceibs students should set aside time to study.



“Doing well in these exams will help boost confidence. But if a student aces it, they must be careful not to get overconfident — remain humble and keep working hard.”



‘The biggest rewards come to those who try something different’



Lead faculty, Columbia Business School

哥伦比亚商学院教职员主管(Lead faculty)


“Remember to step back and get some perspective. What are your goals? What do you want out of the MBA experience? Where do you want to be in a year? Five years? Ten?



“Often MBA students do not take enough risks. It is easy to go down the predictable path of consulting, investment banking or brand management. But the biggest rewards come to those who try something different.



“Once students get into the programme it is easy to be swayed by the crowd and lose sight of original goals for attending business school. Find activities, clubs, classes, and colleagues who can help you explore options, yet still keep an eye on long-term goals.”