ForumWatch: Undoing the Arrogance of MBA Students

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on April 21, 2011

MBA students have a reputation for being driven, confident, and motivated, which is sometimes translated as arrogant. Every once in a while, someone on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum posts a video or link that pokes fun at these qualities.

Most recently, chiqooG posted a list of the “Top 6 fallacies of B School,” which aims to take down business students a notch and offers some advice for remaining grounded, even in the Ivory Tower. One of the best lines is: “Stick a fork in your eye every time you catch yourself dropping ‘core competency’ and ‘strategic positioning’ during a casual dinner conversation.”

A willingness to laugh at one’s self - and remain humble - is always welcoming. And many of the other forum participants have chimed in to add to the list of advice for nixing that arrogance and better understanding what business school should be all about. You can share your additions to the list at the discussion thread on the forum.

-By Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum, where prospective B-school applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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