August 18, 2008
News & Opinion: Ahead of the Curve - Part Two
As Paris bureau chief for the London Daily Telegraph, Philip Delves Broughton had one of the most desirable jobs in newspapering--indeed, one of the last remaining desirable jobs in newspapering--and he did it well enough to earn the admiration of boss and colleague alike. He shared an apartment on the Left Bank with a charming and beautiful wife and a burbling baby boy. He dined with heads of state and traveled widely on his employer's dime. Despite the volatility of the journalism business, his professional future seemed exceedingly bright.
So he quit and went back to school to study accounting.
Ferguson also wonders aloud whether Broughton was even a bit too taken in by the HBS experience, despite his relatively unflattering take on the institution.
... as the semesters wear on and he unspools his story, he shows signs of succumbing to a version of Stockholm Syndrome--a hostage identifying, if not with his captors, then at least with his professors, even those who pretend to teach "leadership skills." His prose, usually breezy and ironic, begins to sprout words like "team-focused."
Although he takes his quick jabs at the author and institution, Ferguson comes off as thinking the book is well written and entertaining, which seems to be the overall consensus so far.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.