Right and Left Brain "credentials", then what?!

There’s been a lot of talk&articles about the rise of creative&conceptual skills (which is hopefully encouraged&educated during a design education) and the possible future commoditization of the the quantitative&repetitive side of the brain (which is stereotypically encouraged in business school, engineering, accounting, etc.). But most of us designers see that today, the quant people are still calling the shots (not a lot of designers, musicians, or MFAs with CEO titles yet!!). And personally, I know a lot of degreed designers who talk vaguely about going back to school for an advanced degree in order to build their business credentials, understand corporate priorities, take leadership positions, balance their right brain, etc.

So I’d like to hear from anyone seriously considering this path, currently on this path, and especially those who have completed this path:
-what type of “left brain” enhancing or “well balanced” programs&degrees did you consider or complete? (specific Uni’s and program names are helfpul!!)
-what will or did you do afterwards? (type of work)
-was this “balance” something you could “sell”, something that was appreciated in the design or business world (curious which world was more interested&receptive to it), and were you rewarded appropriately for it?
-any other thoughts, recommendations, pitfalls to avoid for someone considering this path?


This might be useful to you:

Business Perspectives for Design Leaders
Annual AIGA Harvard Business School
Advanced leadership program

A select group of senior-level professionals involved in design will enroll to work with top faculty on strategy, marketing, branding, finance, communication and negotiating skills. The experience is one of learning, facing up to rigorous challenges, hearty discussion and networking. “Business Perspectives for Design Leaders” is designed exclusively for design executives who work with clients to develop a strategic design response to client challenges. This response may be in the form of a comprehensive communication or positioning strategy, or the design of a range of products or services. Participants are likely to view the design process as an integral part of solving complex problems, whether that experience involves communication, functional or strategic design. This program is particularly beneficial to design professionals who deal with top-level executives and/or larger corporate clients.