I recently heard Gary Hamel speak at the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan) in Ann Arbor. I had never heard of Gary before walking into the auditorium, and after listening to him for 45 minutes, I wanted to know everything about him. This guy is good! (http://www.garyhamel.com/)
I took some interesting notes during his talk. Gary is an expert corporate strategist who specializes in the topic of management, specifically how to "reinvent" management. The point that resonated most with me was a slide he posted called "Gary's Hierarchy:"
Listening to Gary, I immediately took pity on the millions of Americans who are making one of the various paths through higher education their own. It seems like an all too common solution for the current recession we are in is to go back to school...and universities know this so school is not getting cheaper anytime soon. Is all of the money spent on tuition to get a certificate and get "smart" worth it when the more applicable skills come from unlocking creative ability?