A “framework” to excel (in the last few weeks of an MBA)?
***Read about the 30:30:30:10 rule to excel in corporate world here.
They say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes in the last second before you die. Well, my past 10 months are definitely swooping by in front of my eyes everyday in these last few weeks of my fast paced MBA life. And oh boy! What a journey it was so far. Be it knowledge acquired, awesome friends made, unique defining experiences in several countries or just the “work hard party harder” lifestyle adopted, it has been one hell of a ride.
But now, these last few weeks got me thinking on the opportunity cost that I’ve been bagging up at every point owing to my just-get-acquainted-now-and-dive-deep-later-on-need-basis strategy. Although I greatly acknowledge the immense value add so far, I now see there is much to be left desired of in further maximizing the value.
Building on from the 30:30:30:10 rule, here is how (and what) I think can accelerate the all round development of an MBA student in these last 7 weeks (Aggressive emphasis on knowledge retention and application)
Splitting up the areas of focus in terms of relative importance:
25:25:15:15:30 (break up in terms of importance)
25% - Three leveled approach on general world awareness and economy. Limit the number of articles, but increase the depth of analysis and research (At least one article in a new area)
25% - Crystallize the ground level subject knowledge acquired so far. To improve retention, research through the academic topics in a real world perspective because ultimately the only thing that matters is how one can put theory to practice in real life.
15% - Develop problem solving ability in areas of business and management consulting keeping yourself in the shoes of a CEO/ CIO. Ultimately these are the skills to be prided over in longer term (Refer to sample case studies, Youtube videos, test your responses against various scenarios)
15% - Engage yourself in job market research and improve corporate readiness by practicing presentation skills with a friend or just a mirror (the thing that’s branded most uncool, but in reality the one deserving most attention).
Lay emphasis on crisp, jargon-less, simplistic (to be understood by an average grand mother) and audience centered delivery.
30% - If there is anything that I have learnt so far in life is that nothing goes according to an ambitious plan and that majority of the projects suffer an average schedule overrun of 70%.
So, this will final 30% is reserved to Chilling/ buffer for Ad hoc events/ Spillover of time for any of above tasks.
Note: Real world implementation constraints apply. Suggestions for improvements welcomed.