Having taught multiple MBA formats across four continents, I am moved beyond conviction that MBA programs are akin to manufacturing or service industries; success does not correlate with processes (program content and delivery) nor output (quality of knowledge and skills).

The predictive power of MBA success tendencies relies on the psychological makeup and attitudinal states of the student.  Some of the differentiating attributes among MBA students that amply helps them succeed are listed below.


Preparing for Business School:

  • Dreams drive achievement.
  • Find a student mentor at the target b-school during application process.
  • Become proficient in spreadsheet and presentation software programs.
  • You cannot lead, motivate, inspire or sell, if you cannot communicate.
  • The creative MBA is the child who survived.


First-week Bootcamp:

  • Begin with end in mind.
  • There is no second chance in creating the first impression.
  • Find a senior MBA student to help you orient you through quagmire.
  • Be a member in three student groups and lead one.
  • Business school popularity is seldom fickle.


Studying MBA:

  • Be visibly attentive in the lecture hall.
  • Take advantage of your professor’s office hours.
  • Library is a gymnasium for the mind.  The librarian is your personal trainer.
  • Read more than what you have to.  Teach others about what you know.
  • Progress with singular focus over holidays between quarters and trimesters when others rest.

Relating with Other MBAs:

  • Find appropriate social outlet.
  • Befriend with classmates whom you suppose will be tomorrow’s leaders; not manager material.
  • Everything—including romance—moves much faster.
  • Look good and make others look good.
  • Help friends optimize for their strengths.


Life in Business School:

  • Enjoy b-school: this is the time of your life.
  • The early bird gets the worm.  Begin everything early.  You then have time to raise the bar until the deadline.
  • Do not lose touch with what is right.
  • You cannot succeed if you do not show initiative.
  • People in career management center can provide you with an irrational edge.


On-campus Interviewing:

  • Prepare for consulting interviews even if you want to target a corporate job.  Interview with at least one.
  • Key to interviewing success is using your network wisely.
  • Talent will let you in the door; character will keep in the room.
  • Invest in an expensive suit.  Perception is everything.
  • Don’t be better; be different.


Beyond MBA:

  • Real business education begins the day after you graduate from your MBA.
  • An MBA is not paid for labor, but for vision and leadership.
  • Leverage new knowledge and skills to attain career success.
  • Instill continuous learning ability.
  • Write a book or teach the next generation of business leaders.



About Sudio Sudarsan

Sudio Sudarsan is a recognized expert in branding of products, services, individuals, places, sports clubs, music bands, political parties, and movements. As a professional stranger in the material world, he researches to uncover unconscious codes in the reptilian complex of the brain that pre-organize the way humans behave at the confluence of neurobiology, cognitive psychology, and cultural anthropology. Sudio teaches advanced courses in marketing and strategy to second-year MBA students at premier business schools in three continents of the world. You can follow him on Twitter @iSudio; view some of his retired presentations at View all posts by Sudio Sudarsan

One response to “CANON OF MBA SUCCESS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: