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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

"I took my last breath on the side of a mountain one summer's day in Afghanistan when my Army helicopter was shot out of the sky. My name, along with 18 other Americans, joined a growing list of casualties from an escalating war on terror.

As my wife sat alone in our bedroom, the clock ticked a somber drumbeat. Though she'd learned of the crash through the news, the Army had yet to officially notify her that I'd given the last full measure of devotion. For two days she listened to that clock and believed I'd never come home.

Half a world away, however, I was very much alive. The Army had gotten it wrong. The man who would take my place at the last minute felt it was his duty, not mine, to step into harm's way. And through his sacrifice, he'd given me a second chance at life.

Now when my boys ask me 'Daddy, will you go to war again?' I answer, 'Yes.' I'll fight to make every day count. I'll fight to see them grow up and develop into Godly young men of character. I'll fight for my marriage. Because when you're living on borrowed time, redemption always feels right around the corner." —Matt Brady (MBA 2016)

Each year we ask MBA students a question taken from the last lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver. Read more: http://hbs.me/2cZVFJ4
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"In case you aren’t yet familiar with HBS cases, they are the 10-30 page packets upon which almost every class discussion is based. Cases can be and are written on many topics: a person, a company, a country, an event. They are written by HBS professors, research associates, and sometimes students."

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

"I was not surprised by my mother's soft, patient knock at 4 AM to tell me that my father had died. It was a moment I had been anticipating each day for five years after his Stage IV cancer diagnosis, and with even more certainty after he had fallen into a coma four days before. My father, once tall and strong, had finally succumbed to the disease he had so desperately tried to defeat.

I had years to wonder how I would feel at this moment. Discouraged? Emboldened? Relieved? Instead, I felt nothing. I searched hopelessly for meaning in the wake of his death.

Years later, I found myself assigned to a healthcare project at work. Initially, I was indifferent – healthcare seemed messy, dull, obstinate. Yet as I immersed myself in the healthcare ecosystem, memories emerged that I had locked away: my mother's countless, emotional phone calls with the insurance company; the inescapable cycle of hope and despair as we rotated through clinical trials; the hospital's inability to have an honest conversation with us about how my father wanted to live and to die.

I could have found pain. Instead, I finally found purpose.

Healthcare faces an uncertain future, and I don't yet know what role I will play. But I will be there, fighting for healthcare in the same way that my father fought for his life: with courage, tenacity, and unrelenting optimism." —Elizabeth Bruyere (MBA 2016)

Each year we ask MBA students a question taken from the last lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver. Read more: http://hbs.me/2cF2wY4
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"As I look back, I’ve come to think that there are five key things that make the HBS MBA unique."

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Before "House of Cards” was an internationally acclaimed hit series, it was a total shot in the dark. Luckily for the small production company behind it, Netflix saw it as a shot worth taking.

Professor Anita Elberse discusses how the Emmy-winning show flipped the script on standard television series production, brought binge-watching into the mainstream, and ushered in a whole new era of must-see programming: http://hbs.me/2cqtTIg
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Meet the 4 HBS alums honored on this year's The Boston Business Journal "40 Under 40" List!

Congratulations Tiffany Freitas (MBA 2005), Nicole Marie Ledoux (MBA 2008), Matt Segneri (MBA 2010), Femi Wasserman (MBA 2007)!

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To get meaning from big data you need laser focus on a particular business problem instead of taking shots in the dark.

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Our Financial Management of Smaller Firms course helps MBA students learn how to seek out, purchase and run small companies. Dean Nitin Nohria explains why small companies matter big time.

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“Reading Managing the Gray is like being at a board meeting where your fellow directors include Aristotle, Nietzsche, Confucius, and Thomas Jefferson.” 

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Summer reading doesn't have to end just yet. Here's what faculty were reading this summer—in time for National Read a Book Day: http://hbs.me/2cgPu5T
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