Ahead of the Curve
Two years in the cauldron of capitalism-"horrifying and very funny" (The Wall Street Journal)
In this candid and entertaining insider's look at the most influential school in global business, Philip Delves Broughton draws on his crack reporting skills to describe his madcap years at Harvard Business School. Ahead of the Curve recounts the most edifying and surprising less...more
The author's experiences are for me summed up by two anecdotes in particular. The teaching of leveraging up a company with debt not as a strategy that can be pursued in certain circumstances but as a universally right answer and appropriate course of action; and the course taken jointly with the Kennedy School taught by Michael Porter when the MBA approach of being profit focused runs up ...more
“Professional happiness would come from being very good at something difficult.”
“The victors are those who made change their friend. (1) Resist the temptation to be a short-termist; (2) Be honest with yourself about what jobs are the right ones for you; (3) Keep your moral compass; (4) Maintain the proper balance between your professional career and your personal life. Do not be career-engineers, but simply learn and grow at every ...more
Relevancy and timing ...more
It wasn't until the last pages, that I grew disappointed with ugly double standards.
Worth the read, nonetheless.
Bên cạnh đó tác giả cũng phê bình lố ...more
I don't agree with many of the author's opinions - I had a great time at HBS despite entering with the lowest of expectations and serious dread of spending 2 years surrounded by arrogant a**holes, and I enjoyed the digression back to junio ...more
Just prior, I read The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT, which is a similar project (though Idea Factory is MechE masters student experience at MIT, this one's MBA student experience at Harvard). I think I liked the MIT one better, but both were good about sharing actual problems, interview questions, case studies, so it felt more concrete.
The first half of this one is pretty good, the narrative moves ...more
Great book that will be read by business students for decades. Raises serious questions about the role of business schools, capitalism and business leaders in society. Very surprising how insecure m ...more
It might be a little telling, but what I enjoyed the most was the slapdown of some least favorite aspects of what could be any college or recruitment experience. There’s the exposure of the word passion – the best employees have a passion for success. Bu ...more
thirty-something British journalist (the Guardian), former Head of the Paris Bureau. He had an early mid-life crisis, quit and went to HBS. The book is set in 2006, so the events occur at the height of the
Iraq War and just before the subprime mortgage market crash of 2008/(commonly referred to in Business books and news as the Great Recession).
Full disclosure - I read this book primarily hoping ...more
The author is too judgmental and pessimistic for m ...more
Really most of it does seem to be just that: hype. Sure, our professors were not world famous and we didn't have major league CEOs flying in from all over to speak to us, but I found Broughton's description of the MBA experienc ...more
If you are an alumni of the school or prospective student you should love this book. If you are an MBA student or graduate you another program you may find it interesting. For the rest of us it is a good read and has several entertaining stories. However, the author admits he did not participate in most of the partying or debauchery that some of the other students did (particularly t ...more
The author does a good job with indicating the not-so-pleasant aspects of attending Harvard Business School (HBS) without coming across as bitter or whiny. At the same time, he does indicate the positive aspects of HBS. The book is written from the point of view of a 30+ year old, former journalist and this is apparent in his portrayal of the ...more
Philip has managed, not only, the essence of an Harvard MBA and the life of a student for two years there, but also has brushed upon some of the key topics that every professional/business-person must know.
It was quite a refresher course for me to read about things I learnt less than a year ago and it was quite entertaining to know that all MBAs are more or less the sam ...more
He does a great job of telling his story--everything from leaving his well-paying and secure job to being one of the few people in his class to not have a summer internship. I think what really makes this book a great read is that Philip constantly brings up the self-doubt he has throughout the entire book. He's not afraid to mention how bad he feels that everyone else seems like they know what they'r ...more
The FOMO aspects resonated with my experiences in ...more
Impressive read by an interesting guy who was born in Bangladesh and grew up in England.
After working as a journalist for many papers and in many cities the author decided he wanted to expand his opportunities and got into HBS. He effectively brings the reader on his journey through the business school and profiles a good deal of his classmates and professors in a way that lets you relate quite well. The book isn't too heavy on cramming business terms and functions down your thro ...more
The idea is not to find certainty but to deal more comfortably with uncertainty
Margie Yang - When doing business in as lawless a place as China, it was more important that ever to have a set of values to anchor you. But any business person operating in China over the past thirty years who told you he hadn’t done ...more