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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Ahhhh, blogging.  It’s one of those things that seems like such a good idea, but it’s always difficult to keep it up regularly in practice.  This is how many of my blogging efforts end up — I post regularly for a couple months, then:

  1. Life gets busy (in this case, recruiting and holidays).
  2. My backlog of time-sensitive “posts to be written” increases.
  3. The day-to-day stuff that could be interesting is tossed aside.
  4. And the backlog builds to the point where it’s too much work to even try!!

So, I usually delete the blog at this point and start over.   This time, I’m just going to say “Sorry!” (to myself and the few people who read this) and just stick with the two-month gap.  At some point, maybe I’ll go back and fill in the missing posts (backdated, of course), but for now…  on to new things!

Next semester is about to start, and I’m excited about the new HBS courses:

  • Strategy
  • The Entrepreneurial Manager (1/2 Year)
  • Negotiations (1/2 Year)
  • Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE)
  • Finance 2
  • Leadership and Corporate Accountability (LCA)

I’m particularly excited about BGIE.  I can’t imagine how the class will work, but it sounds like there will be a lot of healthy debate about politics — fun, fun!  Also curious about the Entrepreneurial Manager & Negotiations… from what I’ve heard, there are a number of simulations / active learning opportunities, which I always tend to enjoy.  Less excited about LCA (essentially, corporate governance) and Finance II (determining optimal capital structure?).

You know, I’ve forgotten how exciting it is to wipe the slate clean and start over with a new semester.  This is something you rarely experience in the business world, but it’s such a great feeling.  New courses, new professors, new material,  (same people), but still a fun way to start the New Year!

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