FastCompany’s 30 Second MBA program has been around for a while, but it’s new to me. I found out about it yesterday from a post by Joshua Cohen on Tubefilter News and immediately fell in “like” with it. 30 Second MBA is a series of 30-second videos of business leaders sharing pearls of wisdom about success, inspiration and everything in between.
Inspired by several of these 30-second clips, I decided to put together a list of 10 pearls of wisdom from the business leaders who have participated in FastCompany’s 30 Second MBA, but before we get to the videos, I wanted to share a little bit more about the program. The 30 Second MBA website describes the project as follows:
“The great lament of any reporter is what to do with the jewels that routinely get left on the cutting room floor after a really great interview. Enter the 30-Second MBA, an ongoing video ‘curriculum’ of really good advice from the trenches, directly from people who are making business happen.”
Each day a question is asked and successful people (called “Professors” at the FastCompany University) answer in thirty seconds. Today’s question, “How do you deal with failure?”, is answered by a variety of “Professors”, including Steve Bell, the CEO of Pacific Crest Industries, Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, and Conan O’Brien. Check out ten inspiring 30 Second MBA videos below and then head over to 30SecondMBA.com to watch more.
Mark Zuckerberg: How do you prep for a board meeting?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers the question, “What’s the most important thing you can do in preparation for a board meeting?” Click here to see another Zuckerberg lesson on generating innovation.
Sheryl Sandberg: How do you retain and nurture talent?
Here Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, talks about the retaining and nurturing of talent.
Eero Ettala: What did you learn from your last business near-death experience?
Pro-snowboarder Eero Ettala has had a number of near-death experiences. Here he talks about how what he learned from one near death experience can be tied into the business world.
Nir Zuk: When does a meeting need to be face to face?
Founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, Nir Zuk, talks about the importance of face-to-face meetings.
Tim Andree: When do you walk away from a project, person or opportunity?
Tim Andree, CEO of Dentsu, talks about good will and when to walk away from projects, people and organizations in business.
Suzy Sandberg: What is too much information, in an information age?
Suzy Sandberg, the President of PM Digital, talks about how she uses social media, and how she keeps her private and work life separate in this digital age.
Lara Lee: How do you prepare for a board meeting?
Lara Lee of Jump Associates provides a checklist of five things you can do to set the stage for a dialogue you’d like to have at your next board meeting.
Toby Nunn: How do you retain and nurture talent?
Toby Nunn, Sergeant First Class, Infantry Platoon Leader and Author of Northern Disclosure, answers the same question as Sheryl Sandberg—how do you retain and nurture talent?
Mike Rowe: Judgment Versus Experience, What matters more?
Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, talks about whether judgment or experience matters more and why. Click here to see Rowe talk about changing one’s mind in the business world.
Benjamin Palmer: If you could have one business superpower, what would it be?
Benjamin Palmer, Co-founder and CEO of The Barbarian Group, talks about the importance of fun in the workplace. How would you answer this question, and what do you think about the 30 Second MBA program in general? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.