By Rajeev Gupta
Second-year MBA, Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy
|Professor Neil Morgan|
“Don’t you make the mistake of calling me British, I am
These were first few words of yours I heard. And I knew in
my heart that your teaching style was no exception to the general quirky
personality of every professor at The Kelley School of Business MBA program
. As subsequent classes
unfolded, you have continued to show varying shades of your signature style.
In every class, you signal that you mean business by
literally rolling up your sleeves as if you are about to get into heavy duty
work. Indeed you are, because you do not force me to think, you force me to
. You push against most of my arguments and make me think deeper to
push against your arguments, if at all possible. Business schools are
often accused of encouraging ‘managing blah.’ But if someone is sitting in your
class, he better think ten times before opening his mouth. It’s not that you
will shoot him down or belittle him in any unhealthy way, but he should realize
the futility of his comment if he was commenting only for class
participation and not for contributing to the discussion.
You are a great story teller. When you give examples from your consulting experiences in Cambridge, you start with, “once
upon a time, in a land far from here.” As you uncover each new bullet of consequence, you animatedly describe how each bad strategy backfired for the firms you consulted.
What mesmerizes me most is your speech – the clarity, the
diction, the vocabulary. During the first half of the seven-week course so far, I
have never heard you even once use such phrases as “kind of” or “like” or “I
mean.” Even more impressive is your ability
to repeat a long sentence multiple times without any modification. When you
define certain theory, with complicated words, you repeat the same sentence
with same words in exact same order.
Studying strategy in your class is almost like learning the
rules of success in a battlefield. When you discussed the case of American
Airlines, your description of companies bleeding each other and cutting limbs
of each other teleported me into a war zone of airline industry.
The most entertaining and engaging moments occur during what you call “rant time.”
You use real data with
empirical evidence to show how stupid choices have huge costs to firms. Your rant
against NPS score was clearly an eye-opener.
In my over one year of education at an American school, I
realized that the best classes are the ones in which professor has to remind
the student that the class is over. I am proud and glad that your class is one
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