How Harvard MBAs Define Success
Anita Sharpe on Making a Difference
What are the top job priorites of MBAs today and how has that changed over the last decade?
A Harvard Business School professor and a 1996 graduate of the school asked 140 grads in 1996, 2001 and this year how they defined sucess. In '96 and '01, the grads ranked, in descending order of importance:
* Personal satisfaction or "balance"
* Respect of their peers
* CEO or CFO post at a major company
High salaries ranked last.
This year, balance, financial security and corporate power were the top three goals, with "respect by peers" ranking last. But here's what's especially interesting: many grads said they were looking for "impact," which they defined as "making a real difference or a positive difference to society."
What do you make of this? I interpret it as further validation that the world of work and business is in the midst of a fundamental change (for the better.)
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