I love it. I have so much time to spend now working on my blog and random creative “toodling” that I haven’t had the energy to focus on.
Anyways, if anyone in KC actually reads this, I should mention that there’s an Investors Meetup taking place today at the KC plaza library, at 4:00pm in the “small” meeting room.
I will be giving a brief presentation on ETFs and asset allocation. Though I am by no means an expert, I will share what I do know. If you aren’t able to attend, thas coo’, the slides will be up tomorrow for viewing pleasure.
And no longer a crackhead. A GMAT crackhead, that is. People who dedicate inordinate amounts of time and effort into “cracking” over a certain score on the GMAT so they’ll be in running at the nation’s top B schools. Man, I know I’ve said it before, but its really crazy how anyone would think that the GMAT is a good test for managers. I understand that the nature of it is to weed out the best and brightest or whatever… But IMO all it does is engender elitism among top schools for the highest average score on some computer adaptive based test. I’ve known and worked with several individuals from top B-schools that I’m sure had to get high GMAT scores to get in. Their level of intelligence is high, granted. But their ability to lead other people.. heck sometimes even interact with other people is seriously lacking.
In all honesty, the best “leader” I’ve ever worked with is my team lead for over a year now. I say that not to suck up, because he doesn’t read this blog, but because he truly understands people– He gets the job done, while at the same time makes work exciting. He knows his team on a personal level, understands our strengths and innate talents, and does his best not to get mired in political squabbles. Ohh.. anyway, the point of all that is that my TL didn’t go to a top ranked school; In fact, he went to a smaller state school in Missouri. I look forward to my reviews/semi annuals every month/year because I know I will get candid feedback about my performance and areas of development. He knows my life aspirations… not just those associated with my career or the current company I’m with. I can tell he cares that I succeed. And dangit, that… is the probably the one most important thing in a leader. Wonder why other people just don’t get it?
In any event.. the point of all that is that though I am done with this horrible GMAT, and have a decent shot at some top 15 Bschools (Though currently only interested in one).. But, don’t worry. I don’t have some unrealistic expectation that I will go off to school for a couple years and come back transformed, and land some sweet job offer leading a team. I know that all you managers out there are thinking “oh great here goes another aspirational kid who thinks he can lead because he has 3 yrs of experience and an MBA.”
Don’t worry. I don’t want your job.
p.s. The design of a new GMAT? It would be interesting to hear people’s thoughts on how they would create a test to weed out those without management or leadership potential… I know I know, to a certain extent this is what the resume, application, essays, and interviews are for… But still, a test is different because it puts everyone on the same playing field.