Solid Advice from Stanford GSB Leadership Coach

Leadership coach Ed Batista from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business had an insightful post last week on three things you probably won’t learn in b-school. With a major assist from his colleague Corey Ford, former GSB student and a fellow and lecturer at the Stanford Institute of Design, Batista shares some key lessons most students learn only after they graduate.

  • Business school will help you get from point B to point Z. Finding out where to get started is up to you…and not something you should hope to figure out once you’re already in business school.
  • Spending two years surrounded by MBAs can leave you unprepared for interacting in the real world once you’re on the job. Make sure all of the traits honed in b-school–competitiveness, drive, leadership skills–don’t leave other, non-MBA stakeholders in the dust or feeling sidelined as you lead the charge.
  • Many MBAs are surprisingly risk-averse.  By avoiding failure like the plague, Batista says you create a ceiling over your accomplishments. And we all know the greater the risk, the greater the reward.

Check out Batista’s complete post, which comes with nifty graphics, too. What would you add to his list of things you probably won’t learn in business school?


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