My first anniversary of matriculation at Darden is at hand. I remember this because I got married on Friday, August 13, and strangely I never forget that date. From the time I started my Darden journey until now, I am exactly one year older, one more year married and one more year a father to my great kids.
Yet, I find myself many years wiser in the ways of the business world. Let me count the ways . . . .
I no longer run from numbers, I run numbers. And when I do, I open Excel . . . . and I find myself getting a little excited as the blank spreadsheet loads!
“Net present value” can be an emotion!
A binomial distribution can help you make the “fight or flight” decision whether or not to pursue a deal
Communications class can come in handy when you are facing the crisis of how to tell the Operations professor that your assignment will be a teeny-weeny, tiny, late-ish, in a technical sense.
Although each of them can tell an interesting story, it is much easier to manage numbers than to manage people. For example, I have never heard 6 say, “I can’t work with 2”.
You can accrue goodwill with your family and friends between burying yourself in MBA studies, but that human goodwill depreciates – quickly!
Your ethics professor can help you avoid unethical statements such as “Yes, you can find a work-life balance that pleases everyone.” And no, even though you may feel this way, you cannot list the members of your learning team as co-dependents on your tax return.
I don’t have all of the answers, but at least I have a lot more questions! Supposedly these questions are going to get me the answers, from others. . . . . eventually . . . . .
Happy anniversary, Class of 2012!
Peter Vanderloo is an in-house lawyer at a well-known tech company in the first year of the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. His previous posts at Poets&Quants for Execs: