Are You an Asshat or Just an MBA?
A friend sent me an interesting article from Bloomberg's that posits that Wall Street's decline was due to the sense of infallibility brought on by having so many MBA's and Ivy League graduates -- basically being run by "the best and the brightest" isn't such a great thing because they tend to be cocksure asshats (my phrasing, not his). Having met quite a few grads of top MBA programs, I have to say this is very true (though not always). Getting an MBA is the cocaine of higher education -- it's expensive, amplifies your strongest personality quirks, and gives an overinflated sense of self.
Of course, the unmentioned question is, "are these really the best and the brightest?" Since I've also met more than a few people that are in medicine, math, engineering, etc. I have to say, unequivocally, "no".