Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Qualities of an MBA in HR? Why Not??

The Tuesday, September 30th issue of the Wall Street Journal had a section ranking Executive MBA programs. One of the articles was entitled Are They Worth It? An inset listed the most important skills that an EMBA program should have, according to those surveyed. The list read:
  1. Strategic thinking/planning

  2. Ability to work across multiple functional areas

  3. Ability to drive results

  4. General leadership

  5. Core financial understanding.

My first thought in reading this was this is how the job description of the VP of HR should read.

Basically this is thinking ahead, understanding your business, measuring your work, providing leadership and talking the language of business. How many times have we heard that?

So if you want to make an impact in your organization THINK, WORK AND ACT like an MBA. Even better, convince your company to send you to an EMBA program. Of course before they will do that you already have to be thinking like an MBA. But being sent to that EMBA program would be the ultimate acknowledgment of your value in HR.


Dan McCarthy said...

Michael –
An astute observation and good advice. And not just EMBA programs – there are some excellent non-credit, 1-2 week executive development programs that can help provide this “MBA” perspective.

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