While our primary focus is "quants," here's our relatively painfree approach for motivated non-quants.


 

Developing analytical ability

Analysis demands abstract, analytical thinking; analytical thinking is NOT dependent upon some obscure, genetic quirk. Analytical thinking IS, typically, dependent upon intellect. We employ a combination of verbal and graphic didactic devices in graduated steps to help you both develop and improve your abstract analytical thinking. You will quite likely find, however, that you'll have to "apply" yourself. If business analytics were easy, everyone would have already mastered the field. So, if you are willing to spend two weeks thinking very hard, we have a straightforward approach to building the career you want.

How so brief? All the learning pieces are pre-assembled for you. You don't have to pore over vast stacks of textbooks. You don't have to try to figure out how the bits 'n pieces from all the various subject areas fit. Most notably, you don't have to sort wheat from chaff; there is NO chaff. The sole requirement is to read and prepare the nightly mini-case (typically an hour) and to come to class ready to learn. That said, we urge you to participate in the after-class, team-based breakout sessions.

And, yes, it's as easy as that. Guaranteed.

 

Conjecture: With developed analytical ability, you could be far better employed. How?

First: You need to learn to think and speak in business language. Second: You need to develop your analytical skills and learn to apply them to business problems couched in business terms. Third: You need to learn to communicate effectively and easily with senior management.

You'll develop your analytical skills as you gain a thorough and integrated grounding (isa-1) in economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and operations. Don't panic, but you'll also learn some really scary-sounding mathematical stuff. (Relax, Excel takes care of the heavy lifting.) With this background, you'll run circles around typical first-year MBA's. During the second week (isa-2), you'll complete the balance of your core learning and will have covered all of the "hard" material offered in an EMBA and all of the non-concentration material of a two-year MBA. (BTW: In our experience, all of the typical "soft" MBA coursework is an utter waste of time.

Sidebar: Most financial services firms, e.g., investment banks, require ALL of their new analyst MBA's to sit through (up to 9) months of accounting and accounting theory. Why? Well you might ask.

Accounting hasn't really been taught since the early 1970's. This has caused the corporate world to question whether there's any justification for paying a premium for new-hire MBA's who aren't fluent in the language of business, i.e., accounting. So, they don't. A notable investment guru's daughter entered an august MBA program last fall. At Thanksgiving, she bubbled over with the "good news" that she wouldn't have to take any accounting courses. Her dad was far from pleased. That from a "name" school.

All of our classes are hands-on and highly interactive. You will be encouraged to start communicating immediately using proper terminology supported by specific and logical argumentation. Within the first hour, you'll produce a model probing important issues in ways few businesses are able to explore.