Monday, December 24, 2012

Lessons for MBAs from Robert McNamara. P.S: Robert McNamara was an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of 1939)

  • Who was Robert McNamara? No idea? Uh-oh ! That is not cool :)
  • Why should MBAs know about Robert McNamara? That is because he was a very intelligent man. He was an MBA himself - class of 1939, Harvard University! How cool is that?!
  • Info about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McNamara
The eleven lessons from the life of Robert McNamara ---> Very useful for MBAs:
  1. Empathize with your enemy
  2. Rationality will not save us
  3. There's something beyond oneself
  4. Maximize efficiency
  5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war
  6. Get the data
  7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong
  8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning
  9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil
  10. Never say never
  11. You can't change human nature.
Here is the documentary "The Fog of War". It is a MUST MUST watch for MBAs :)

Enjoy,
Gerry.



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