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What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School. Mark H. McCormack. Reading People. Don’t take notions for an answer Use your insight Listen & Observe aggressively Useful impressions. Reading People. Take advantage of the venue Observe fringe times. Golf Course Insight.

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What they don t teach you at harvard business school

What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School

Mark H. McCormack


Reading people

Reading People

  • Don’t take notions for an answer

  • Use your insight

  • Listen & Observe aggressively

  • Useful impressions


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Reading People

  • Take advantage of the venue

  • Observe fringe times


Golf course insight

Golf Course Insight

  • The Gimme Putt

  • “What did you shoot?”

  • “What’s your handicap?”

  • Winter Rules

  • The Rules of Golf


Watching people reading people

Watching People & Reading People

  • Listen aggressively

  • Observe aggressively

  • Talk less

  • Take a second look at first impressions


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Watching People & Reading People

  • Take time to use what you’ve learned

  • Be discreet

  • Be detached


Creating impressions

Creating Impressions

  • Play off preconceptions

  • Letters as emissaries

  • You’re known by the office company you keep

  • Dress as though you mean business


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Creating Impressions

  • Split some seconds

  • Don’t be a time thief

  • Your own turf

  • Mean what you say


Making a notable gesture

Making a Notable Gesture

  • Do something for the kids

  • Let people off the hook

  • Drive a soft bargain

  • Flatter legitimately


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Making a Notable Gesture

  • Make friends

  • Make mentors: Make confidants

  • Be discreet


Most important personal asset

Most Important Personal Asset

  • Common sense

  • Being yourself

  • Emotion management

  • You don’t have to be perfect


Taking the edge

Taking the Edge

  • Know the particulars

  • Know the players

  • Size of the situation

  • Thinking on your feet


How to get lucky

How to Get Lucky

  • Turn crises into opportunities

  • Learn to wait

  • Discipline yourself


Getting ahead

Getting Ahead

  • Know the Rules

    • Survival of the fittest

    • Your peers are your natural allies

    • There is always a system


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Getting Ahead

  • Making impressions in the long term

  • The Love-Me-for-Myself Syndrome

  • Get some new tricks


Three hard to say phrases

Three Hard-to-Say Phrases

  • “I don’t know.”

  • “I need help.”

  • “I was wrong.”


Criteria we re judged by

Criteria We’re Judged By

  • Commitment

  • Attention to detail

  • Immediate follow-up


The problems of selling

The Problems of Selling

  • Selling doesn’t seem important enough

  • Selling is an intrusion

  • Fear


The secret life of a deal

The Secret Life of a Deal

  • Listen to your common sense

  • Listen to your buyer

  • Follow the script


Silence

Silence

  • Make the other guy talk

  • Get information by not asking for it

  • Bite your tongue

  • The pregnant pause

  • Once you’ve sold, shut up


Marketability

Marketability

  • Know your product

  • Believe in your product

  • Sell with enthusiasm


Positioning

Positioning

  • Is it a Ford of a Mercedes?

  • Weighing the facts

  • Doing it with mirrors

  • Imaging


Correspondence tools

Correspondence Tools

  • Open copies to the Boss

  • Blind copies to the Boss

  • “Dictated but not read”


Negotiating

Negotiating

  • Deal in psychological currencies

  • Avoid showdowns

  • Negotiate backwards

  • Trade places


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Negotiating

  • Deflect with a question

  • Question positions but don’t ignore them

  • Sweeten with his self-interest

  • Keep your time frame to yourself


Using emotion

Using Emotion

  • Perceive any business dispute as the beginning of a negotiation

  • Step back and relax

  • See emotional outbursts as opportunities

  • Act in anger, but never react in anger

  • Get them charged up about side issues


Building a business

Building a Business

  • Commit (early on) to quality

  • Be smart enough to know when you are lucky

  • Grow slowly

  • Diversify your expertise & talent


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Building a Business

  • Charge for your expertise

  • Hire the best to teach you what you don’t know

  • Take a second look at timing

  • Short-term can be terminal


Staying in business

Staying in Business

  • Think small

  • Don’t let structures run the operation

  • Think flexibility

  • Reserve the right to be arbitrary

  • Hire people smarter than yourself


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Staying in Business

  • Don’t let policies stifle the operation

  • Manage unconventionally

  • Manage with confidence

  • Delegate what you can, not what you want to


Dealing with employees

Dealing with Employees

  • Pay them what they are worth

  • Make them feel that they are important; yet motivate positively & negatively

  • Make them think for themselves

  • Separate office life from social life


Getting things done

Getting Things Done

  • Time Management

  • An organization system

  • Stick to your schedule

  • Allocate personalities


How to handle phone calls

How to Handle Phone Calls

  • Pause to anticipate

  • Get to the point

  • Shorten the long maybe

  • Avoid phone tag


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How to Handle Phone Calls

  • Making people take your call

  • Silence means consent

  • Who gets on first?


Internal meetings

Internal Meetings

  • Who are these people & what are they doing in my meeting?

  • Fold in meetings

  • Run a successful meeting

  • Meet in hallways


External meetings

External Meetings

  • Where it’s best to go slow

  • Restaurant meetings


Knowing your own work habits

Knowing Your Own Work Habits

  • Learn to say “no” even when it hurts

  • Decision making

  • Office communication

  • To write or not write

  • Streamline your office space


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