Skip to comments.What Harvard Business School Actually Does For You
Posted on 12/26/2012 7:25:08 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The admissions department at Harvard Business School asked me to write a reflection on my first semester for the Class of 2015 pre-matriculation blog. Heres what I sent in. I hope it gives an insight into what Ive experienced the last four months. In summary, Im loving every moment. Come visit me in the Spring semester if youd like to see HBS for yourself!
A Letter to the HBS Class of 2015
A Review of the First Semester of Harvard Business School By Ryan Allis, Class of 2014, Section F
December 17, 2012
Dear Future Friend,
Congratulations on getting into the HBS MBA Class of 2015!
As I left Aldrich Hall at HBS after finishing my last final of the first semester, I smiled, knowing that I would return home to San Francisco for the Holidays changed forever.
I considered a question as I walked through the Spangler tunnel on my way to the taxi stand, What is itexactly that Harvard Business School does?
Does it teach you finance? Does it teach you marketing? Does it teach you storytelling? Does it teach you operations?
Sure. But thats not what HBS does.
What Harvard Business School does is:
* Teach you a deeply analytical thinking process critical to making high quality decisions and becoming a transformational leader;
* Enable you to build a team or find a team of superstars to go after any big world challenge that you wish; and
* Give you constant psychological reinforcement and mentors that enable you to refine and then actually execute on your dreams to make a difference.
Below Ill share more about how HBS accomplishes each of the above based on my experience to date.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
It’s all about making cronie contacts, with the intent of further fleecing on K street.
‘You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can’t tell him much..’
So why post this? Harvard is an old boy club for liberals, so you make life long connections to other liberals and get to pat each other on the back while they pursue collectivist policies that destroy civilizations.
It was interesting how the letter began with what appeared to be solid truths about the value of analytical thinking, divergent views and real studies of how to build on ideas for successful outcomes and then halfway through number two it switched to liberalism unchained and seemed headed to non-profit feel good sustainability - exactly the kind of stuff that gives fish but avoids teaching how to fish.
“Its all about making cronie contacts, with the intent of further fleecing on K street.”
It is about making contacts. But this is not about corruptions. It is more about assembling an all star team to beat up on the others.
You take the best students and assemble them in one place, you get rid of the bad actors and malcontents and you get basically the New York Yankees playing against the KC Royals only worse because investment money goes to the Harvard people while the others are starved of capital.
So you get a confluence of talent and capital that stomps everyone else. Although this pertains more to my school Stanford than to Harvard.
Paypal was a good idea that anyone could have come up with.
But to execute it, you need talent and capital that lives at Stanford. Ditto for StubHub, Yahoo, Google, etc.
Yeah -- if you're stupid. Intelligence is the ability to put aside "your own lens" and analyze a situation for what it really is. Somehow, I doubt HBS does that.