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Can you learn from 2,000 pages of reading?

July 17, 2007


I have four classes to go in my Masters.  The course I’m focused on right now is Executive Leadership.  It came with this cute little book, First, Break All the Rules, which I do admit is a pretty decent little book of theories.  The examples are interesting and the authors have a humorous way to present things. (Oh, and it’s short at 271 pages). 

But, beyond that, this class is a killer.  We have something like 2,000 pages of articles (if we’re gutsy enough to read them all) to review and present on over the next couple weeks, a second book to read (I picked up Leading in a Culture of Change, it came recommended by my boss, for my report), and about 30 pages in reports to write.  And this class is only worth 400 points total. 


So, I wonder—what value does all this has?  Over the next few weeks, I’m going to spend so much time trying to take in EVERYTHING that I’ll assimilate NOTHING.  For something as frilly as a leadership class, I realize there’s a broad range of topics and theorems, but wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on a few of the “good” ones—or even pick out a few business sectors that we’re each in and find leaders in those?

If the college thinks they are providing value to us by inundating us with information, then I believe they are grossly mistaken.  Personally, I’d rather be given the tools and empowered to do my own research with a knowledgeable executive leading the class (which, I think we have… at least it seem that way), rather than just mindless reading that I’ll flush the moment I doze off at my desk.



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