CEOs to B-Schools: ‘You’re Out of Touch’

Blast from the Past:

complaint boxThe Worst Things MBAs Say About Their Schools

Here’s a fun exercise. Guess which of these complaints is directed towards which business schools:

“The student body can, at times, be a little too party-oriented and immature”

“They could place more emphasis on teaching and incentivize professors to care about it more.”

“The school should try to recruit a more diverse class.”

If you guessed Fuqua, Wharton, and Johnson (in that order), then congratulations! You see, these complaints were made by 2012 graduates about their alma maters. Compiled by Bloomberg Businessweek, these student surveys touch a number of themes, including lack of accountability, nepotism, and lousy career services offices (to name a few).

Looking for some unfiltered observations on where are schools like Harvard, Columbia, Sloan, Stern, and INSEAD fall short? Click on the link below to learn more.

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MBA Humor

Office Terminology:

BLAMESTORMING: Sitting in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, criticizes on everything, and then leaves.

CHAINSAW CONSULTANT: An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean hands.

IDEA HAMSTERS: People who always have their idea generators running.

PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on.

SITCOMs: (Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage) What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

STARTER MARRIAGE: A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.

STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out.

TOURISTS: People who take training classes just to get a vacation from their jobs. “We had three serious students in the class; the rest were just tourists.”

XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.

BROWNMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

CLM – Career Limiting Move: Used among microserfs to describe ill-advised activity. Complaining about your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.

ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

DILBERTED: To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the comic strip character. “I’ve been dilberted again – our boss revised the specs for the fourth time this week.”

OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a BIG mistake.

FLIGHT RISK: Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking an electronic device to get it to work again.

UNINSTALLED: Euphemism for being fired.

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