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Managers Not MBAs by Henry Mintzberg

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12 DEVELOPING MANAGERS III Learning on the Job

Experience is not what happens to you.It is what you do with what happens to you.

—ALDOUS HUXLEY

Agreat deal can be done in the classroom, as I hope has been demonstrated in the preceding chapter. But the essential philosophy of the IMPM—the very notion of learning connected to experience—means that much of it has to happen back on the job, albeit stimulated by what took place in that classroom. The participants may lack free, or at least uninterrupted, time on the job, but that is where their experience occurs, so that is where many of the connections have to be made. Accordingly, we sought, and continue to seek, ways to encourage this in accord as much as possible with our credo of using ...

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