29 November, 2020

The New MBA Attitude Kit

This Ungilded Age calls for a little less arrogance, a little more pragmatism

Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
The New MBA Attitude Kit

She: barely 30, with a top-of-class GPA from one of India’s most sought after tech schools. But the allure of an unputdownable job offer from Lehman Brothers weighed more than an IIM-A tag. The promise: an all-expenses-paid MBA from a school of her choice, if she successfully completed two years as an analyst with the I-bank in New York. This was a no-brainer—until 2008, that is. After completing her Ivy League MBA, Ms Swish rejoined the firm as a lead trader at its Tokyo desk. She logged off one Friday that fateful September and was delivered the bad news at 7.30 am on Monday. And sorry, since we’re going down, there is no severance....

He: nudging 40, with an MBA from a leading school in India, comfortable in his role as the India CEO of one of the world’s biggest packaged goods companies. Until the proverbial itch. He succumbed to the excitement of heading a start-up as its Asia head, based out of Hong Kong. Bags packed, schooling in place, and a fortnight from flying out, Mr Jet Set gets...



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