ThePowerMBA — Why designers should consider learning more about business.

A disruption in the way we learn about business.

Let’s face it, the educational system is changing. The days of “opportunity” have never been more promising. About 30 percent of the students indicate they are bored due to lack of interaction with teachers and 75 percent report material being taught is not interesting.

With new rising courses taught by people who have been in the field and have real world experiences is an absolute game changer. When I went to school for design, there was nothing that prepared me for the “business of design” and the real world challenges of being a freelancer.

This new democratization of higher education is something that can open doors for many people in all walks of life. Whether you’re looking to build a business or even looking to acquire and refine a new skill set. It is giving people the opportunity to win in their own life.

I’m a firm believer of the “Youtube education” — mentality and this is no different.

Why does ThePowerMBA make sense for me?

I’ve been fiddling with the idea of going back to school and doing my MBA, however I knew it would demand most of my time if I did. Running a business and doing a traditional MBA just would not work for me.

In my search of looking for an alternative, I stumbled upon ThePowerMBA.

A practical and up-to-date online program, with 250+ (15 min) classes and local communities all around the world, open to anybody that wants to thrive in business.

Skeptical as always, I wasn’t sold. I’ve seen countless of these “alt MBA’s” prior and nothing stood out to be different.

One thing that stood out however was the opportunity to learn from the best. They had some impressive teachers of the likes of:

  • Chris Barton (co-founder, Shazam)
  • Marc Randolph (co-founder, Netflix)
  • Uri Levine (co-founder, Waze)
  • Martin Eberhard (Co-founder, Tesla)

Why designers should think more about business.

Big organizations are being told to adopt more design thinking within their company cultures.

Which is great. However when the conversations happen, these organizations hear about design principles, strong designs, brand consistency and style guides.

All of which are extremely important. But for us to truly make an impact on a business we have to understand what it is that makes businesses successful in the first place. Only then will we be able to know where our craft is needed, and where it is excessive.

Conversations would be far more different if we were able to talk about core business principles as opposed to being told business goals in a very high level and simplistic manner. Our design recommendations will have much more weight to them.

My experience, so far.

They offer a free module on their website that I was inclined to try.

The courses so far are extremely to the point. Fast and bite sized (which is super convenient for me with my current schedule)

I’m already impressed only 20 minutes into the free course modules as the production is quite high and the concepts are clear and engaging.

My original intent for this was to build a better understanding of business so that I can ultimately help my clients in the world of branding. However I quickly realized that this can actually be beneficial for my own business as well.

The first courses are going over the business model, value proposition and engine of growth. They are also using Business Model Canvas by Strategyzer which I really enjoyed reading.

I’m really looking forward to diving deeper into these courses and learning from the masters themselves!

Let’s see what the future holds and if this will disrupt the way we learn about business.

Stay tuned here where I will write about my experience with ThePowerMBA.

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