Why you should get an MBA, in football terms

Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports
Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports

  Interesting analogy from our statistics professor yesterday on the value of the MBA:

“Someone can learn how to play football by getting a bunch of pads and hitting the guy with the ball.  You get an MBA so you know why how to play every position.”

   I like the football analogy when it comes to business.  A football team is comprised of teams of teams: there’s the defensive unit, the offensive unit, and special teams.  There’s the management:  the coaching staff and the front office.  With each team there are sub-teams:  first team offense, second stringers, etc.  Much like your modern corporation – you have functional departments, and within these departments you have sub-teams and team leaders.  Does the kicker need to know how to block to be a great kicker?  Probably not.  But what if he wants to be a great coach?  

  Peyton Manning is a great example of how a ridiculous amount of preparation and a lifetime of study can help you rise to the top of your profession.  There are plenty of articles written on him, so I’ll just leave you with this message from Peyton on the importance of mentoring.

Image Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports


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