Le Monde of 16 september 2008 titled "It is difficult to select the managers of tomorrow". Is it ? The article mentioned that since three years HEC had introduced a leaderships component in their MBA (I sincerely hope it exists already longer). The article continues that managers in general are seduced by short toolkit-driven courses like "developing your charisma in three days". Interesting, not really new.
The Newzy of June 2008 asks the question whether a business could be humanistic and they observe that increasingly companies become interested in "meaning". What are we doing it for ? A few statements in the article are illustrative. "Today, people often have opinions, but few have a view point". "In companies, we observe a vocabulary that becomes ever poorer with a misuse of meaning, under the false cover of sophistication".
And yes, the suggested way out is teaching managers (and management students) much more humanities. Did we indeed make management education a toolkit-education? Did we suggest our students that there exist quick solutions to problems that can easily be analysed? More than anything else, I think we need a more systemic understanding of management, and for sure, that is not easy to teach.