Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Big Four To IB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Bomb Squad To Business
GMAT 740, GPA 3.36
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Foster School of Business | Mr. Corporate Strategy In Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.32
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00

A Dean’s Summer Reading List for MBAs

Here are five books for summer reading for students:

1. “James Buchanan” by Jean H. Baker.  This is a short, engaging, biography of James Buchanan who is frequently ranked as the worst President in US history. Students (especially business students) can learn a lot from Baker’s discussion of Buchanan’s large flaws as a leader. And as we are observing the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War, this book is a useful reminder of its causes and how feckless leaders can actually make a crisis worse.

2. “Tried by War,” by James M. McPherson.  A very well-written book about how Abraham Lincoln ran the Civil War from the Union side. It contains large lessons about crisis management, emotional intelligence, leadership of a losing (then winning) team, learning on the job, motivating subordinates with a sense of urgency, and the influence of politics in running an organization. Lincoln continued to change generals until he found a few who could actually win battles.

3. “Talent is Overrated,” by Geoff Colvin. Colvin makes the hugely important point that it’s not good genes or mindless hard work that produces high performance. Rather, it is “deliberate practice,” the kind gained by careful coaching, repetitive attention to one’s weaknesses, and so on.  It is not just what you learn, but how you learn it that really matters.

4. “The Rational Optimist,” by Matt Ridley.  The Subprime Crisis and ensuing recession produced dark misgivings about Capitalism that produced valuable reflections but also threatened to enervate students and executives.  This book is a stirring antidote, arguing that markets have produced a higher quality of life for everyone, even the poorest of the world.  Ridley presents the case that in the long run the human condition will improve.

5. “This is Water: Some thoughts Delivered on a Significant Occasion About Living a Compassionate Life,” by David Foster Wallace.  A very well-written and inspiring commencement speech given in 2005 (available for purchase in book form or free in a number of places online).   Wallace argues that the chief gift in a university education is the awareness of the world and the fact that you have choice about how to live in it.  A deep, provocative, and compelling piece of writing.