5 Lessons You Learn Your First Year at Harvard Business School

Is getting an MBA worth it? It’s a fraught question with passionately argued cases on both sides of the debate. But whether you think a stint at a top-tier business school is overpriced and creativity dulling or a golden ticket to success, everyone would have to agree that getting the knowledge of an MBA without the huge price tag or two-year time commitment is a great deal.

Which makes a recent Medium post by Ellen Chisa a must read who for anyone who is unlikely to make it over to Boston to attend HBS any time soon.

A current student, Chisa generously walks readers through the ten courses every first-year MBA student must take and reveals the most mind-blowing insight she took away from each. Some of her course descriptions will be of interest only to those in certain industries or roles, while others resist summarizing (but are still well worth a read in full). Here, however, are those that can be boiled down for entrepreneurs, along with several case studies (purchase required) that Chisa recommends if you want to do further reading.


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A current student explains the most mind-blowing insights she learned her first year at HBS

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8 Behaviors of Phenomenally Successful People

You can be an analytical, data-driven, steely-eyed businessperson all you like, but business is ultimately about people.

That means business is also about emotions: yours and those of the people you interact with every day.

Incredibly successful people make a huge difference not just in their own lives but also in the lives of the people they care about, both professionally and personally.

Here’s how:

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Because no one is truly successful without knowing how to get the best from other people… and from themselves.

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The Science of Successful Negotiation

Everyone must negotiate at some point.

A new hire must negotiate her starting salary. A sales professional must negotiate the best price with a customer. A business owner must negotiate the best buyout cost.

At some point, you’re going to enter into negotiations, and you should know the best tips for winning.

It used to be that successful negotiations were left up for grabs to whoever could be angrier or louder. Today, scientists have discovered surprising psychological insights regarding negotiation. Here are three that you can use the next time you enter into a negotiation of any kind.

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Ever wonder what it takes to negotiate the deal you want? Follow these tips.

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How The Most Creative People In Business Generate New Ideas

The 100 people on 2015’s Most Creative People in Business list have achieved impressive breakthroughs across a wide swath of industries: finding a possible cure for Ebola, using drone technology to help save endangered animals, modeling jet engines with 3-D printers.

None of these breakthroughs came from resting easy on outdated ideas or settling into familiar ruts. And yet, even this illustrious group admits to getting stuck and actively seeking grist for the mill. So we put the following question to the group: Where or from whom do you seek out inspiration? What do you do when you’re in a rut? And most importantly, how do you keep new ideas flowing? Here’s what some of them had to say—if you try them out yourself, one each day of the work week, you’ll have almost a month of options to help spark some creative new ideas of your own.

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Everybody gets stuck. Here’s how some of the most innovative thinkers in business get themselves out of mental ruts and generate new ideas.

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Do You Have The Right Personality To Work From Home?

When considering whether or not to work from home, you may think that the biggest consideration is if you are an introvert who likes to work alone. But Michael Segovia, lead trainer for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (a personality assessment tool that is used by around 80% of Fortune 1000 companies to give employees a better understanding of how their personality preferences affect their working lives), says that anyone, regardless of their personality, can work from home. The trick to working from home effectively is self-understanding.

Segovia identifies six personality preferences and shares ways in which we can work from home effectively within these personality traits.

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The trick to being successful while working from home is understanding how to work around your personality preferences.

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Please Stop Saying These 25 Ridiculous Phrases at Work

At first, euphemisms surfaced in the workplace to help people deal with touchy subjects that were difficult to talk about. Before long, they morphed into corporate buzzwords that expanded and took over our vocabulary until our everyday conversations started sounding like they were taking place on another plane.

I understand the temptation. These catchphrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low-hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the hell out of people.

If you think that you can use these phrases without consequence, you’re kidding yourself. Just pay close attention to how other people react to your using them, and you’ll see that these phrases don’t cast you in a favorable light.

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These days, workplace conversations can sound like they’re taking place on another planet.

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5 Super Effective Ways to Become a Great Communicator

Great communicators are highly respected and trusted. To them, it is very important to first build relationships–both personal and professional–as a way to create successful communication. Great communicators appreciate all their relationships and all the interactions they have. They are successful people who become the go-to source for other people within an organization.

One of the advantages that great communicators have is the big opportunity to get promoted and recognized in their careers more frequently as a result of their great communication competencies. Below are five successful practices of great communicators:

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Great communicators are better liked, more successful, and produce more value for their organizations. Isn’t it time to become a great communicator?

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