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Is An MBA Necessary For Managers?

Do MBA’s make better managers or business leaders? The MBA debate continues furiously. So is the popularity of MBA programs worldwide. Though popular the management studies might be they make a very minuscule percent of successful CEO’s and business leaders compared to legendary leaders of business who are non MBA’s.

An MBA degree is at best a degree which due to its expensiveness and academic entry barriers attracts the top 5% of the students who are generally good in disciplined academics. The HR fraternity mistakenly thinks because they constitute the top of the academic populace, especially the premium Management Educational Institutes in the world, they must be good.

The usefulness of the management education program has been hard to measure and evaluate. While it cannot be denied the stress on analytical abilities and concepts does give a broad view of what constitutes management, one can also learn the same through self studies easily if one can only exercise the disciplines of the academics into one’s own lifestyle.

While we may have some big names who are business management graduates from the top global institutions, we also have the legends like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs to mention a few while no major names who are MBA’s come to mind as easily. Even Jack Welch of GE fame is a non MBA.

If business success is a matter of knowledge which is what the expensive management education business is touting, the knowledge industry itself is dominated by people who have hardly been to a management school and made a big success of it.

The legendary Peter Drucker does not come from a management educational background. Most of his management thought comes from practical observation of the business in action as a consultant and researcher. The management principles and theories propounded by him are taught in the management schools. His managerial thinking is at least 30 years ahead as some of his thoughts written even in the 50’s is only now recognized as indispensable to running a business.

On the other side of the coin is the MBA’s running companies like the GE, entire nation as in the case of President George Bush or the top global consulting organizations. How successfully is a moot point?

While the contribution of the MBA’s cannot be denied in the mid levels, the leadership abilities are questionable. The phenomenal salaries and perks associated with the MBA’s and the HR skewer towards them ignores the potential available and learning ability of the entire workforce. If the same amount of money and resources are spent in training and developing the non MBA workforce, organizations may be able to develop more leaders at a lower cost.

Online Management Courses Increase Your Promot-Ability

You have to fully participate and finish the course, of course. That may seem like a dumb statement but the research shows that only about 25% of people who start online courses actually finish them. This is great news for those of us who complete them. We stick out from the quitters. At a result of this “Great Disruption” many employees are realizing that they need to take a management course if they want to advance their career.

Operating Principle: If you’re snoozing, you’re losing.

One of the best things about a well-run, “edutaining” web course is the fact that you can take it from the comfort of their own home or office. No cold or stuffy classrooms crammed in with people you don’t know and will never get to know.

No commute is necessary for online webinars. This means that you won’t be spending that extra money on gasoline to travel to and from class. Nor will you be patted down then jammed into “cattle class” with no food or water for a few hours.

Ok. Enough of the negative.

All you need is a laptop or access to computers in order to take advantage of this leading edge form of management education.

Here are some “musts” that will ensure that you have a great “edutaining” learning experience:

Pick courses of interest to you and that will be seen by your employer as valuable and practical.
Make sure the instructor is well experienced and “edutaining” – no droning on, please.
Live, interactive webinars are most engaging because people can text chat in questions and comments.
Make sure you get a recording of the sessions so you can review or go over if you have to miss a program.
Look for videos to be shown to make instructional points.
Ask to see a sample of the instructor’s power points or keynotes so you can judge the quality.
Courses with pre-printed e-Playbooks designed specifically for online course will keep you engaged and will act as a guide to take notes.
Streaming video of the instructor as s/he presents is a key to keeping the course engaging.
Ask what kind of interactive tools are included like polls; white boarding, text chats, etc.
Look for webinars that are content-rich, with depth of information.
Ask if you get a certificate of completion, or better yet continuing education units from your professional association.
I always look for one-on-one coaching/mentoring as an option so I can ask my specific questions and apply the learning’s to my specific situations.

We’re all busy working a full-time job. An online course allows you to work out your own schedule. This flexibility makes it easy to engage in learning, while still working.

Human Resources Management Education & Training

Human resources schools are available through campus locations or online programs. Online programs have become popular for working individuals who cannot disrupt their work schedules and income streams from their current jobs. Choosing the right school starts with having a clear picture of what your career goals are and enrolling in a program that will supplement your on the job training. At the undergraduate and bachelors level, schools offer business administration degrees with an HR concentration. At the graduate level, there are degrees available specifically for human resource management.

A bachelors degree with an HR concentration will cover topics such as labor and employment laws, compensation systems, recruiting methods, occupational behavior, and diversity in the workplace. In addition to the core curriculum, at the bachelors level, you will learn about general business strategies and topics. Courses on productivity, business management and leadership, as well as some general business economics are typically part of the program as well.

At the graduate level, many schools offer an mba or a human resource management masters degree. These programs are designed for those who will be in upper level or leadership roles within the HR department of a company. A common path in the career is to start with an entry level position, then, over time, continue to supplement your skills through on the job training and online learning through a college or university.

Once you have been in an HR role for at least two years, it is a good idea to become certified through The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). The HRCI offers a PHR (Professional in HR) certification for the entry to mid level professional. Those who have a masters degree may take the exam for certification after only one year of experience, while those with a bachelors degree must have at least two years of human resources job experience. There are additional levels of HR certification and different types; however, the PHR is usually the first step.

The first step is to research schools and find one that is aligned with your career aspirations. From there, it is a matter of continued training on the job, certification, and further education. If you are a natural leader with high ethical and personal standards, and want to be advocate for both workers and businesses, a career in human resources could be a rewarding one.

Your Stress-Management Education Course in an Article

Education is different things to different individuals. While the whole world is focused on traditional education, I believe that the best education is self-study, and independent study, if one really wants to get a true grip on life. Yes, I promote and agree that everyone needs a high school and a college education, but it is my true belief also that these traditional educations must be supplemented with life education, with experience, and with on-the-job training wherever possible. If you are interested in advancing in any particular field and interested in having the best life you can have for yourself, then you will live and grow with the idea that your education is never finished. Yes, you hear correctly. For you, the successful individual, your education is never finished.

And it is always growing according to your outside environment and your inside attitude, personality, dreams, wishes, hopes and goals. And that all put together is your wholesome education. You will, without a doubt learn your most valuable lessons, not in a classroom, but in life, outdoors with people, while you are surrounded with the real world. That is and should be some of your most prized possessions when it comes to having a real education.

So, what is your extra education? What is necessary beyond those four walls and many buildings of high schools and colleges? The rest of your education consists of going to Broadway plays, of meeting new people in your own cities and in the rest of the USA or the world as you travel throughout your life. Some of your extra education will be in observing people and seeing how they live and knowing that the way you live is only one way and that there are millions of other ways to live a life and most of them are successful. The rest of your education consists of listening to great music, seeing great art, talking with great individuals. The rest of your education consists of reading not books but entire libraries of books, one book at a time, one day at a time.

And I think one of the most vital parts of your education is knowing that the news of the day will only serve to depress you. So to force your education to go in a most positive direction and to add joy and clarity to your life, to be your most successful person listen to the news (if you need to do that) only in the midday part of your day, not in the morning and not in the evening. Why ? The reason to refrain from news-bites early in the morning is because you do not want to bring all the bad news with you as you begin your day, and the reason to refrain from the news in the evening is because you do not want ot bring the bad news to sleep with you at the end of the day. Cover your world with good, positive blessings and thoughts as you begin your day and fill your pre-sleep hours with great positive, soothing thoughts and you will be your best you.