Mind guides behaviour, which shapes a person’s capabilities and skills. Therefore, mind indirectly determines whether an individual will succeed in the future. So what minds are required for individuals to achieve future success? A researcher in psychology, Howard Gardner, answered the question: the disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful and ethical minds should be cultivated in educational institutions and at the workforce. Therefore, practitioners in the business world have to foster these minds as well to become informed and responsible business professionals. This essay will demonstrate why the five minds are required for a qualified business professional and how the Master of Commerce (MCom) program enables me to develop those minds.
According to Gardner (2007, p.3), the disciplined mind nurture distinctive modes of cognition to specific professions and it takes plenty of time to acquire professional knowledge and to hone the related skills. A qualified business professional should be highly disciplined because with solid business knowledge and necessary skills, most tasks, including those difficult, could be accomplished readily and he would gain trust from supervisors and colleagues. As a consequence, the professional could make more contribution to the organization and will be an indispensable employee. In addition, a highly disciplined business professional could quickly learn new knowledge and improve skills to adapt to the rapidly changing business world. The MCom enables me to gain a broad business foundation and could equip me with deep understanding of the chosen specializations. However, a large amount of extra time is needed since the knowledge and skills taught in class are not sufficient to train a person to be a qualified business professional, who should be a lifelong learner.
The synthesizing mind cultivates the ability of integrating information from disparate sources organically. Gardner (2007, p.3) argued that this capacity...
References: 1. Gardner, H 2007, Minds Viewed Globally: A Personal Introduction, Harvard Business Press Publishing Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts.
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