A full time MBA!

 

A full time MBA! Why the huge time and financial investment? Well I’m about to conclude my time in the British Armed Forces after a very quick and varied 20 years. Not wishing to underestimate the challenge of transferring a wealth of people management and leadership skills into a fully commercial context I wanted to take some time out to invest in my transition.

Added on 29 October 2012 by

A full time MBA!

A full time MBA!

Why the huge time and financial investment? Well I’m about to conclude my time in the British Armed Forces after a very quick and varied 20 years. Not wishing to underestimate the challenge of transferring a wealth of people management and leadership skills into a fully commercial context I wanted to take some time out to invest in my transition. An MBA seemed the ideal vehicle.

After narrowing my search down to 3 institutions each triple accredited I decided on Ashridge. As is the norm my decision was influenced both by what appealed (setting emphasis on application setting connections with business and of course the setting) and what I thought would be valuable (senior peer group value for money course content etc). Fellow MBA students come from a range of professional backgrounds and are a diverse international mix. Already they have provided some fascinating insights into business outside the UK.

 

Aside from all the theory the first month’s learning points include:

1) ‘it depends’ is a good answer to a class question; it’s probably correct (but also buys you more thinking time);

2) consider the minority opinion (they could well be right) and

3) check your assumptions – an obvious one when using hindsight.

The last 2 almost cost ‘my’ team first place in a business simulation exercise so I’m not likely to forget them in a hurry. If the first 4 weeks are anything to go by the scene is set for a remarkable learning journey.