Lest you wonder whether this post is an April Fools joke…the answer is a resounding No. A list of ten recommended children’s books every business student should read appeared earlier this week on accreditedonlinecolleges.com and quickly gained momentum in the B-school Twitterverse.
According to the post’s unnamed author, each of these short, easy to read titles contains important lessons on perseverance, creativity and resourcefulness that any MBA student would do well to remember as he or she traverses the fast-paced, power-driven world of business.
Here are three of the highlighted books…follow the link above to the original post for the complete list.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The Lorax tells the tale of the greedy and short-sighted Once-ler who chops down all his resources in an effort to grow his business. This book by the beloved Dr. Seuss is a must-read for any business student as it stresses the importance of balance and vision in growing a business as well as a reminder that natural resources must be dealt with respectfully.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. After a long day with no sales, and therefore, no food, a traveling cap salesman sits down to rest against a tree. When he awakens, he discovers his caps are gone and have been taken by a tree full of monkeys, each wearing one of his caps.
The salesman must figure out how to get his product back and does so almost by accident. This book demonstrates some of the realities of business (that times can be slow and may affect your ability to earn a livelihood), but also shows creative marketing and that a smart business person must rely on ingenuity to protect his resources.
Beyond the Traditional Lemonade Stand by Randi Lynn Millward. This book provides detailed information on how children can get any small business up and running. With insight into accounting and finance as well as creative ways to make money, this book will give business students an opportunity to think about entrepreneurship in a different way.
For a real bit of April Foolery, read up on the pending name change at Kellogg School of Management!
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