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What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School!

Posted on: January 5, 2010

What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School

This book was Number 1 best seller for consecutive 21 weeks in USA at the time of its publication.

Can some one claim that there are things not taught at Harvard Business School (HBS)?

Here you are with a book in which Mark McCormack, a visiting teacher at Harvard Business School, tells about such things which are not taught at HBS. The book is divided into three sections: 

  • People
  • Sales & Negotiations
  • Running a business

He said:

The Best lesson anyone can learn from business school is an awareness of what it can’t teach you – all the ins and outs of every day business life!

Mc Cormack never attended Harvard Business School but case study of his company, IMG, was taught at Harvard Business School and he was a frequent lecturer to Havard and other business school students.

At 30 years of age, Mc Cormack founded his company, International Management Group (IMG) in 1960s with a capital of USD 500 only. Years later, the company had offices around the world and had several hundred million dollars in revenue.

This book has ‘notes from a street smart executive’ and is really interesting read.

Thanks to you tube, I found this interesting clip of 2 minutes 44 seconds which will give you an interesting overview of the book:




4 Responses to "What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School!"

Im really interested in reading inspirational stories from all over world which guides me to do good to the society as well as my family friend

Simple, understandable, thought provoking, easy to follow tips. Thats what this book is all about!!!

I remember the author quoting that he went to Japan to make a deal. The Japanese hosts asked for his return flight schedule and had prepared plans for him, sightseeing etc, till it was time to go back.

When the author was going back, on the last day, in the last hours, he was finally given the copy of agreement he was supposed to sign and it was after he had signed it, he came to know, that there were clauses not in his favor that he should have seen earlier.

Lesson learned.

On his next trip to Japan when they asked how long he planned to stay, he said, “As long as it takes.”

Well, I am an auditor :), and that has been my favorite sentence since!!!

I read this book a long time back… An amazing book.

I love the choice of the books on this blog, Malik.

Keep it up…

Keep inspiring people…

Nuruddin Abjani

Thanks for your appreciation. Now, you can also contribute about the books you have read and the related ideas you like. Readers’ corner of this blog is for you!

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