My response:The general tilt of your advice(s) is anti-MBA. I wonder how MBA Crystal Ball still makes money? You are the kind of 'halwai' who honestly tells his customers that the sweets are not worth their money.
I'm not anti-MBA.
In fact, I think it can be a very powerful and effective tool if wielded well. I wouldn't be in this business if I didn't believe in it.
My MBA gave me so much more than I had expected. If I had the choice, I'd (go back in time and) do it all over again.
But yes, I am anti-magic-pills. I don't like it when organizations try to take me for a ride. I assume there are many who share that sentiment.
So whenever I get a career or MBA related query, I ask myself what kind of an answer I'd have wanted to hear if I had been in that position.
I'd prefer a brutally honest answer, even if it's not very pleasant.
That's pretty much what I do at MBA Crystal Ball. Whether it's informal or formal advice, we try to lay out all the risks on the table, upfront.
Which apparently doesn't make great business sense, as it drives away a lot of folks who expect sugar-coated magic-pills.
But we're happy working with the minority who appreciates the transparency we show, and is better aware of what they're getting into.