The present color of the site is representative of the current mood.

Gray.

Is it still writer's block if you don't want to concentrate on creating/crafting?
There's no shortage of (started, but unfinished) posts saved and unpublished.
And, there's lots of video to edit…pics to color correct…pshop to learn…

Waiting is the hardest thing to do…

The results of this survey will surely create HUGE news in the coming days.

Me? I'm ambivalent.

Clips from the article…

Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests. The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective.

Whether anyone's feelings are hurt or not, the work suggests that personality and emotions play a bigger role in our political leanings than we think. All of us, liberal or conservative, feel as though we've reached our political opinions by carefully weighing the evidence and exercising our best judgment. But it could be that all of that careful reasoning is just after-the-fact self-justification. What if personality forms our political outlook, with reason coming along behind, rationalizing after the fact?

I have always felt that humans rationalize after the fact

In the end, though, I think the reaction to the survey will be 'whatever'…and people will go on as before.

But, where are we going?

And speaking of post-rationalization syndrome and surveys making/not making an impact, check this one out

How many MBA types have you known in your life?
How many impressed? How many deserved the distinction and respect?

A recent conversation with two clients (admittedly, they are firmly entrenched and secure in their old skool aristocratic/bureacratic/corporate life just pluggin away until they retire) yielded the following wisdom regarding the MBA.

From the first – "Did it help? Did it make a difference? No. Not necessarily. It didn't make me any smarter. It didn't provide any business knowledge I wouldn't have received anyway. But, it did provide two things. It forced me to work my butt off for two years. It stretched my capabilities. Second, it gave me confidence."

From the second – "And, from the perspective of a person making hiring/personnel decisions, having the MBA listed in the person's file causes an immediate thought of he/she is higher potential than other equally qualified candidates, who don't have the MBA."

From the article…

A Master of Business Administration degree is not only worthless, it can work against a marketer, according to a survey of marketing executives from 32 consumer-products companies by consulting firm Ken Coogan & Partners.

Marketing executives from 18 underperforming companies — which had sales grow 7% less than their categories on average in the two years ended August 2005 — were twice as likely to have been recruited out of M.B.A. programs than marketing executives from out-performing companies, which averaged growth 6.2% faster than their categories over the two years. Of executives from underperforming companies, 90% had M.B.A.s vs. 55% at outperforming companies.

That twice as many underperforming companies as out-performing ones participated in the survey may indicate something, too. Possible theories: Underperforming executives, particularly ones with M.B.A.s, spend more time filling out surveys, or are more likely to be in contact with consulting firms like the one that administered the study.

I have known quite a few VERY intelligent MBA types…high performers…smart, knowledgeable, and confident…and they probably didn't spend a lot of time doing surveys. But, would they have been just as confident and successful regardless of the degree? On the flip side, I have known those that merely filled a chair and collected the paycheck. It is interesting to contrast and compare those people against the results of this survey.

Like much about the business world, the Masters of Business Administration (marketing specific) appears to be headed to extinction.

AdHurl agrees…

All this introspection, I guess I wasn't a whiny kid…

Just a whiny adult?

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