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The U. of Hard Knocks: What business school didn’t teach about managing

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managing employeesThe month of May will bring out a new crop of graduates ready to make their mark in the workforce.

And while things learned in business school undoubtedly help with future success, a diploma can’t prepare a manager for everything.

Here, seasoned leaders discuss things that turned out to be harder than expected, unforeseen curveballs, and what they know now that they wish they knew when they graduated.


“One of the biggest surprises in the workplace has been the degree to which variability in human behavior and interaction would play a role in strategic decision making. When you’re earning a degree in finance, the majority of your studies are focused on the numbers. You study valuations, funding structures, and payout outcomes. You create graphs and curves and analyze every nuance in a deal. In actual practice, rarely is anything cut and dry. The real world compounds so many more variables than any textbook examp...(register to read more)

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