Q.. I've been working three years and am thinking of going to night school for an MBA degree since that seems to be the fast track to management. It's expensive, so I wonder if it's worth it.
Ans. Further education is always worth it, but don't expect those few hours in a classroom to suddenly turn you into excellent management material. Harry Mintzberg, co-author of "Management? It's Not What You Think!" (Amacom $22) contends it's silly to think you can take people with just a few years work experience and pretend to turn them into managers in a classroom. It's more important that you try to watch the best managers in your company to learn their style and behavior and imitate that.