Managing Managers

“Don’t tell me you can’t” – Paralympian Juan Jose Mendez.

Simple but true. It is indeed the short summary of a MBA graduates life. From assignments to extracurricular activities and to life after passing, this motto holds true throughout. An MBA student has a plethora of topics to brush up on. From finance to HR to IT, they have to be conversant in all. Therefore, the most important quality of a graduate from a B-school learns not only to manage work but rather it is how to manage time itself.

Morning classes, afternoon group discussions, evening studies and nighttime socialising – these are all part of a MBA’s life during the 2 years. However, among all these, some of the more entrepreneurial fellows start their own ventures, while the other daring ones venture in the more arduous attempts of wooing their hopeful beloveds. From the innovation, the creativity to the downright absurd, ‘all’s fair in love and war’. Therefore, all these activities requires time and energy (not to mention the extreme range of emotions), that require to be managed efficiently and effectively.

If you ask any MBA degree student what is it that they learned in 2 years, it is mostly time management along with the occasional bits and pieces of knowledge. Each day we remind ourselves the above line – “Don’t tell me you can’t”. Waking up at 8 am for a 8.30 am class, or skipping meals to catch those few more minutes of sleep or finishing assignments at the last minute – ‘can’t do’ is a strict no-no. We manage everything in the limited 24 hours at our disposal. We play, we study, we discus, we joke – everything in 24 hours. That is the essence of management.

It is always easy to quit, but the difference between good and bad manager is that a good manager never lets go until the very end. They never say ‘can’t do’; they always have a positive ‘can do’ attitude to their life and their work. That is what MBA teaches a person. Budding managers, or student managers as B-school students call themselves manage whatever comes their way. They ingrain and cultivate a ‘can do’ attitude instead of a ‘can’t do’ attitude. Therefore, to be a good manager, we must always keep Juan Mendez in mind and as Bob, the builder say ‘Yes we can’.


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