As my time with my cohort comes to a close, I wanted to pause and reflect on what I learned, and what I'll take with me moving forward in my career. HBX was incredibly time-consuming (more so than advertised, I believe) but ultimately, very rewarding and insightful. Here are my three key takeaways from my Harvard HBX semester >>
Making decisions isn't always so easy as "because of this, we should do that." The world isn't so linear. With such high stakes, we need to separate what's important from what's not, and what's related with what's not.
Enter: multiple regression analysis. And my newly-found dorkiness about data.
Would you ever make a serious life decision on the roll of a dice or the sayings of a fortune teller? Probably not. But that's basically what companies do for most of the decisions they make. An executive makes a hunch, so they go for it. You know where I'm going with this: data can help us make better decisions than that.