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  • How stories make lessons come alive

    As we mentioned toward the end of the previous post, there were a number of reasons why my students at the graduate school of business came to enjoy case-based learning. Among these reasons were some that I had fully anticipated. Others were surprising even to me. To better understand my fast-growing faith in the value of story-based learning, we should

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  • When reality beats theory: why we learn so much from real-life events

    At the end of the last post, I commented that my decision to use the case method – where students learn primarily by studying real-life events – so extensively was met with skepticism on the part of higher-ups at the school of management in Grenoble. Fortunately, I already had a reputation as an effective teacher, with several years of consistently

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  • How teachers can have a lasting impact

    The previous post closed with a question I have been ruminating for many years, and in a variety of settings. How can a teacher have a lasting impact?  In other words, how does one leave students with lessons and concepts that they will remember, and really use? When I was an MBA student at Stanford in the 1980s, I had

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  • The power of using narrative in teaching

    About 20 years ago, when I was a professor at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, I made the radical decision—to stop the use of slides in my classroom. Why do I consider this policy so “radical”? At that time, graduate school education in France was dominated by a traditional lecture format, where teachers present their ideas and students take notes,

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  • Why “keeping it simple” is never easy

    Writing the previous post brought to mind an amusing—but also highly pertinent—tale I read some time ago in the Financial Times. Most specifically, I refer to an Opinion piece by Pilita Clark, published in October 2017. What Ms Clark recounts is similar to my experience at the conference in Mexico, in several ways. First, she ran headlong into society’s widespread

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  • No slides? No talk!

    At the end of the previous post, I referred to the fact that I have some personal anecdotes from my public speaking experience, cases that demonstrate the pervasiveness of slides in the world professional presentations. In fact, there are quite a few occasions where organizers of an event flatly refused to allow me to address an audience without sending my

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