I’m certain everyone knows that before you apply to business schools, it’s a good idea to read The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist and Bloomberg-BusinessWeek to familiarize yourself with the jargon and the stories you will be discussing while in school. I also believe its a good idea to read about MBA programs and the strategies experts suggest before applying to said programs. For the latest in Bschool gossip and the best admissions tips, subscribe to this blog and keep an eye on Poets and Quants.
While I’ve seen a lot of books out there on the MBA admissions process including our very own MBA Admissions for Smarties by Linda Abraham and Judy Gruen, I think it’s important before you apply to schools to find inspiration outside the narrow walls of “MBA admissions.” I’m hoping these books will get you thinking and tickle the left side of your brain when so many MBA applicants are right-brained thinkers.
The Five Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell
Talent is Overrated – Geoff Colvin
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Great by Choice – Jim Collins and Morten Hansen
Inside Apple – Adam Lishinsky
The McKinsey Way – Ethan Raisiel
Jumping the Curve – Nicholas Imparato and Oren Harari
The Art of Possibility – Rosamund and Benjamin Zander (catch Ben’s TED talks too)
The Singularity is Near – Ray Kurzweil
Creative Confidence – Tom Kelley
And if you can’t get away from your right brain try:
The Art of Persuasion – Bob Burg
Competitive Advantage – Michael Porter
The Essays of Warren Buffet – Warren Buffet and Lawrence Cunningham
Regardless of what you read, it’s important to read before putting pen to paper or finger to key. Using books as your muse for your business school essays will enable you to dream bigger and engage your own reader…the admissions committee.
By Natalie Grinblatt Epstein, an accomplished Accepted.com consultant/editor (since 2008) and entrepreneur. Natalie is a former MBA Admissions Dean and Director at Ross, Johnson, and Carey.