True, people can succeed without an MBA, but many use it to go further than they otherwise could. A “There’s no question that the network you develop and the credential you come away with opens doors … employers assume that someone who managed to get into an elite school – and pay the tuition – is talented and motivated,” Lynn Ronchetto, a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management says. “But the biggest advantages are the skills you learn and your ability to add value to the organization you work for in a number of capacities.”
Most of the time, we sit quietly, gazing at the chair in front of us, silently debating about which leg is the most important. If you have somewhere you want to go, something you want to accomplish, someone you want to become… then make a decision. If you’re clear about where you want to go, the rest of the world will either help you get there or get out of the way. Both those are useful.
Being politically savvy is not about pushing others down or being untruthful to advance your own cause. Instead, it means building networks—relationships—with people inside and outside your company who can provide useful information and assistance. It means not picking fights over issues that aren’t critical.