I was trying to hide but you found me!

My college days were definitely some of the best days I’ve ever had.  Unlike some friends of mine who would periodically complain about how difficult it was to drag themselves out of bed just to get to school, I was always up bright and early for my morning classes, except, of course, for the times that I was too sick to go to school.

I wasn’t trying real hard to be a teacher’s pet or anything, I wasn’t even trying to be popular by studying hard.  I was just driven by the motivation to be able to graduate as soon as I can, earn money, and put into action most of the plans I had been cooking in my head ever since I learned that business would be great if you were really into it.


I knew quite a few of my former classmates who didn’t do quite as well in business, admitting they only took the course because their parents wanted them to so that they could continue the family business.  Some of my other classmates learned that business really wasn’t for them because they found out that they had other, more profitable inclinations or professions.  There are those, of course, who blame the school and even the professors for not being the success they had told us in school that we would be if we studied hard.  As illogical as this may sound, this is to be expected.

Psychology tells us that people mostly need something or someone to blame for the less than savory things that happen in their life.  For a lack of success, some would blame the elements in their formative years, hence the school and anyone related to it.

There may be a measure of truth to this, actually, as some schools may just not really be the ideal venues for learning for particular individuals with particular inclinations.  Everyone is different, they have their own learning rates, their preferred study methods, and so forth, and if these are not found in the school that they are in, then the desired results may not be met.

But in general terms, what qualities should a school have to be able to be a great learning venue for business studies?

Promotes inquisitive creativity

A lot of schools embrace the tradition of teaching practices and methods that have been time-tested and handed down throughout the generations.  Since these practices have worked for ages, they would still work today, or at least that’s what they would have us all think.  This may be true in many aspects, as there are quite a few universal constants in the field of business.  But as with most things today, there is definitely a need to be able to grow, learn new things, and adapt.  This requires having quite a bit of the inquisitive nature in us, since simply relying on what is held to be true and right will not entice anyone to ask any questions at all.  Asking questions about things is a good thing, it broadens our knowledge, it exposes flaws in otherwise solid concepts, and it provides a fertile basis in our minds for creativity.  A school that promotes such creativity and doesn’t stifle curiosity is definitely a good place to nurture one’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Encourages adaptive flexibility

Many will teach that the way to see something through to success is to weather all adversity and cling onto the straight path towards the end goal.  This is an age old tradition that relies more on intestinal fortitude than actual intellect.  In some situations, an answer to an issue or problem will not be forthcoming, and one must persist in the process of finding the answer through a given method.  There are many situations today, however, where being rigidly fixated upon a given process or method may not work out quite well.  Many circumstances will force people to become flexible and adaptive to various things if they want to see it to a successful end.  Schools that encourage students to be flexible and see what other solutions might be viable for a situation is definitely a great venue for study.  By teaching students to find ways around the problem rather than simply through it, schools promote the process of lateral thinking more, allowing students to find other viable ways to achieve a goal, rather than just the one that has been traditionally accepted as the only way.

Explores individuality while promoting diversity

Teamwork is something that many companies have to re-train their employees in when they conduct career development and personal growth seminars.  This is because many people never really grasped the concept of working with a team while in their formative studying years.  This is because many schools will require that students group themselves into teams to solve a problem or finish a task, but never really taught any of the mechanics needed to fully comprehend the essence of working in a team.  In many cases, schools force-feed the concept of teamwork by suppressing a person’s individuality, which is just as wrong.  A good school will be able to teach an individual to retain their individuality and utilize that unique quality while working with a team and learn to integrate that uniqueness so that the team is able to work as harmonious individuals, all knowing what each member should do, and be able to do it well while working with others.

Differentiation of integrity and end-goal importance

The more driven schools will definitely train students to achieve a state of mind where they will strive to do anything to accomplish their end goal.  This can be blamed for the “shark mentality” practiced by a lot of prominent business figures today.  This kind of thinking obviously does away with notions of integrity and morality, which are viewed as unneeded emotions and frivolous distractions when it comes to doing business.  Integrity, however, is the one quality students need to rise above being a simple employee or commonplace manager, to becoming an inspiring and effective leader.  The most effective leaders, after all, are those that inspire and motivate their subordinates to accomplish their task to the best of their abilities, and no less than that.  Conversely, managers who display a marked lack of integrity, bordering on being described as a person “devoid of honesty or morality” will do nothing to become a motivating figure, and instead demoralize members of the workforce.

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