Look where you want to work, find out what schools those places hire from. Think about what you want to do for a function and find out what schools have a solid rep in that area. Obviously big name schools are going to do a lot for you, so places like HBS are going to be great no matter what.
Then there is the personal debate, where would you enjoy being and what cities are you willing to go to. Also, there is the decision on whether a school is worth it for you. Personally I wasn't going to quit my job and go back fulltime if it wouldnt improve my career to a significant degree.
but what is screwing me up is the fact that, they don't go to any campuses for the leadership programme. You have to apply online, pass 5-6 rounds of interviews,aptitude tests & psychometric tests to get in. And its upto the organization where they send me out of the 87 countries in which they operate. So location isnt something I can really focus on. Sure HBS can get me recognition in upper mongolia but realistically there is one thing I have realised, I dont have the 'minerals' to get into HBS.
So I am basically going to be leveraging heavily upon my past association with the organization and then showcase the skills I acquired doing an MBA and how I can be a valuable asset for them to rehire in a senior leadership position. (I have been told by senior HR that i have a strong chance, so kind of confidant in that regard)
So given my slightly weird yet well defined career goals. All the colleges in the top 30 seem the same. I dont care about the place the college is, the placement figures or most of the other factors most ppl fret about and thats one of the main reasons why I cant come up with a list of colleges I should aim for! The best I have come up with is this:
Super stretch : Insead(R2)
Stretch : Darden(R1), ISB(R2)
Normal - Stretch : Emory(R2), Mccombs(R1) ,NUS(r1) and Nanyang(R1)
Safety : None! frankly, A safety for me would be the worst-best college that I would want to go to and there isnt a single one that comes to mind!!