Inspirations you don´t learn in business schools but which demonstrate how you can go from “good to great” and still be good in the end.
The H(uman)MBA, Lessons from the Classics of Literature and Philosophy you don’t learn in business schools is a unique approach to linking lessons from great books to our daily reality in business, organizations, and life at large. A set of thirty-nine topics collected by the author throughout his global career in six continents, each topic with quotes extracted from thirty-nine classics, and a simple guide to help you write book number forty, “your own book of purpose.”
At a time when humanity, human values, and our planet are faced with so many threats, The H(uman)MBA is a humanistic call to reflection, looking back at the classics to help managers and leaders build a more humane future. Each chapter is deliberately short and contains: – A brief description of the topic in question, hardly taught in a business school. – A reference to the classic book chosen to illustrate the topic. – A few quotes or excerpts from the book in question, and… – A brief guideline for reflection, discussion, or debate.
Growth, productivity, efficiency, only for the sake of profit are not chapters found in The H(uman)MBA. On the other hand, the management of dilemmas, obsessions, adversity, coping with failure, stoicism, and many more are an integral part of this personal, yet universal collection of topics. Economic success and purpose are not contradictory.
The 40th book is your own book of purpose which you can write around the humanistic values that you select from the ones presented. The exercise may not necessarily make you a better manager or leader. However, it will help you become a better, more humane person, and better persons make better leaders.
This is a brief summary of André Teixeira’s latest book, The H(uman)MBA, Lessons from the Classics of Literature and Philosophy you don’t learn in business schools, a series of reflections inspired by the classics to help you bring a touch of humanistic management to your daily life. It is available via Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. A Portuguese translation is also available, as O HMBA, um MBA Humano.
About the author:
J. André de Barros Teixeira is associate partner at Globalpraxis.