MBA Admissions Test Answers. The Two Questions I Asked Yesterday

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and especially those who made a comment on yesterday’s post  here and on FaceBook.  Almost 200 people read the blog. [ I wish I had pizza to share with all of you.]

It’s the first time I have given a test on this blog and the first time I have given any kind of quiz or test since I left teaching six months ago. Today, I’m calling it the MBA Admissions Test, but it was really a test for MBA’s, students of management, entrepreneurs and all of us who lead and are led.

If you want to  try your hand at the questions before reading further, you can read the full post at this link here.

In yesterday’s post, I  told the story of two different pizza places run by two different brothers.

At Joe’s shop, the place runs better when he is away than when he is there.  At Ralph’s place, the place is a disaster when he is not there.

It was a multiple choice question asking whether  Joe a good or bad manager, or “can’t tell”.

In my opinion, it’s hard to tell, so the correct answer is C.  He might have done a great job of training them so they can function very well without him. Or it might be that he is obstructionist and  a real pain in the ass so when he’s not there, everyone steps up to the plate and gets the job done without Joe’s interference.

As for Joe’s brother, Ralph, his place is a disaster when he’s not there. So  again, is Ralph a good or bad manager or can’t tell?

I choose B for the answer.  Ralph is a really bad manager.  A good manager would train the people so they can run the place without him.  Ralph may have made the people overly dependent upon him.  The employees may hate Ralph  so much that they deliberately sabotage the place when Ralph is not there.

So, for me the correct answers are 1. C and 2. B

The comments I received from people were excellent. Everyone seemed to think that Ralph was  bad.  I agree.

People were divided about whether Joe was good or  bad, but I think it’s hard to tell from the information given.

One respondent worked in a pizza place and pointed out how tough it is to run a business when you’re dealing with food. It’s so true.

I especially liked that he worked in a place that had  great systems and a great atmosphere–and most important, the boss trusted people.  If you can create a culture where people work well together and a great atmosphere, you don’t really need so many performance measures and monitoring.

Trust is a business advantage that is often ignored. Trust people and you can save a lot of money.

Another respondent pointed out  that Ralph’s heart was just not in it. After all, he inherited the business from his uncle, although that information was not given.

I appreciated the suggestion that I might be able to help as a consultant,  but I’m not sure.  I love pizza and am very likely to eat up all the profits.


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