When the opportunity to go “back to school” for the MBA I always wanted became reality, I didn’t quite know how to react. It had been a while since I was in a classroom. I wondered what it would be like to be a student again. And, just how difficult would that Mercy College “TURBO” program be. Five nights a week and all day Saturday for four weeks is grueling, especially with a Long Island commute.
But, I love it.
Being in a learning environment again is inspiring. The first class had me hooked. It’s something that had been missing over the past few years and I didn’t realize it until I was back in the classroom and saw what my professors and fellow students had to offer. I know now that it will be something that I continually pursue whether in college or at another corporation.
We’ve all heard how important “training” is to corporations. “We have a strong commitment to training our people” is a sentiment that can be found in most annual reports. But what’s that “training” all about? Mandatory ethics training that’s about as inspiring as…. well, you know. Classroom training for the chosen few. Online training for the rest of us.
What’s missing from many corporate training programs, from my perspective, is the stimulation you get from being part of a true learning culture. I would argue that the degree to which businesses, big and small, can integrate a spirit of learning in their own environments would help corporate commitments to training get beyond mere platitudes.
Regular classes started earlier this month – a mixture of traditional and online. Like everything else, some are more interesting and easier than others. But understanding the business environment with a fresh lens is priceless!