Day 40 – Professor’s Professor?

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F. Warren McFarlan got his MBA and DBA from Harvard in 1961 and 1965 respectively.  He taught his first AMP class in 1968 (the year I was born!) – the subject was ‘Information Technology’.  In his words the class at that time was much older – “One foot in the grave and the other one on a slippery banana peel! – You guys are a much younger lot.”  To get a handle on Professor’s McFarlan’s age, we know that he taught Bill Fruhan who has taught at HBS for 39 years!  Amazingly energetic – as you will see in the video below:

Video taken out – against Harvard Policy and I respect that

Hats off to you Prof. McFarlan.

Bill Fruhan had a very interesting 2X2 matrix in his class the other day.  The class discussion was on incentive compensation and employee performance.  The matrix shown below was used by Napolean for his army!  This shows how he treated good and bad performers in his army.

napolean staff

Bill’s explanation of the 4 groupings were hilarious – the bottom left hand corner is self explanatory.

Today we had a Diwali party and the entire class turned up!  A very pleasant surprise – my sincere thanks to all for making the time.  It was great fun!  Akiko dressed up in a saree. Here she is looking very graceful!akiko in a saree

She learnt how to wrap a saree on Youtube!  The internet has amazing uses.

Two more weeks of classes – It is making people bond more with each other and look towards leaving with connections that will stay alive for a long time to come.

David Yoffiie had a lecture today on Web 2.0 and other technologies and talked about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and cloud computing.  I wish he had  more than 90 mins.  The subject was very interesting to me personally and some drill-down would have certainly been useful.

An amazing statistic – DELL attributes almost $1B in influenced sales through its postings on Twitter.


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