Tom Peters: A Business School Without Wall Street or Consulting?
It's a crazy idea, one that's quite difficult, if not impossible, to implement. (And, many might argue, not desirable, either.)
But like a lot of Tom Peters' ideas, it's provocative.
When I went to business school, the two most sought after professions (read "highest paying") were investment banking and management consulting. A large proportion of my class (including myself) went after those jobs, and worked hard to get them.
The thing is, if you took compensation out of the equation, would those professions still be at the top of the pile?
Would the Business School student of today still go after those jobs because the ability to make an impact, the ability to drive change, was equally as large?
Would we - in the absence of these options - be freed up to go after that which we were truly passionate about, that we felt would develop us the most fully, that would allow us to change the world as we see it?