Going for an MBA? Break a leg!
When we enter a competitive MBA program, we expect hard-core finance, marketing, corporate strategy, entrepreneurship courses, tests, case studies – lots of hours in front of the PC digesting data. I know I did, when I attended the Ross School of Business MBA Program.
I also knew something about the Business School Follies… Being an amateur musical play producer myself and a theater enthusiast, to say the least, I was excited to participate in the show, acting and singing in some skits, and making my colleagues have a good laugh!
Little I knew business schools would promote drama classes, as part of their formal MBA work – and, to me, it makes all the sense in the world!
Business and drama make a great couple – and I dare to say, one cannot live without the other. We learn business management concepts, then we need to conduct corporate presentations, to communicate our findings. A drama class can provide the tools to communicate concepts effectively, while enticing an audience to achieve the presenter´s goal.
With the addition of a drama class in some business schools, their MBA experiences will be as enriching as ever. “Taking you out of your comfort zone” to make you a better communicator in any environment. This is one of the truly valuable lessons I took from my MBA studies.
Read more on this topic at Business Week.