The MBA must be a very good degree – there is so much demand and so many colleges are creating them! I am sure all of you MBAs who are reading this will agree I have never spoken about the degree…well, there is always a first time!
There are some brilliant solutions that I have seen that were not taught to me in college (must have to admit the only degree that I have is a Bcom degree) but have passed a few exams that entitled me to a few memberships. I took only the membership from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Even here there were a few years that I did not pay the membership fees, but then paid up…so I am a CA.
Story 1: A friend was a assistant director for a bollywood film. Apart from this I have no clue what else he was doing in life, and I have lost touch with him about 10 years back. However the story is interesting. As an asst. director you end up doing a lot (really a lot) of low end work. Right from ensuring that everything is going on well at the sets to ensuring that all the junior artists come on time. One ‘extra’ as they are called came up to my friend and said ‘I have domestic problems – my brother and sister-in-law are trying to throw me out of our parental house. This was a nice house in a very important location of Mumbai.
My friend told this story to a member of the underworld (who was financing the film) with clear instructions that nothing should be done to the brother or his wife. Let us just call him the DON (name does not matter does it?).
The Don was of course a very, very smart cookie. He took a good look at the girl spoke to her nicely (she did not know that he had a mandate to solve her problem, or she would have panicked).
One day when the Don was sure that the girl would be busy in the shoot and that her brother and sister in law would be at home, the Don dropped in. He said ‘I came to see Miss….’ is she not at home? They mumbled something, said sorry, offered him a cup of tea..and he left.
Needless to say, she was not troubled ever after.
No, the Don did not have an MBA (Problem Solving) degree….
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