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They Don't Teach Corporate in College by Alexandra Levit

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PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

One company I worked for offered a course designed to improve employees’ interpersonal skills. I was in public relations and interacted with people all the time, so it was a no-brainer for me to sign up. On the first day of class, I was surprised to see that I was the only marketing person in the group. Most of my classmates were computer programmers and graphic designers. Later, I asked one of the programming supervisors why he wanted his people to take this class. After all, these folks sat in front of machines all day long; it wasn’t unusual for them to go from morning coffee to lunch without talking to a single human being.

“Aren’t some folks drawn to programming because they don’t want to deal with people, because the ...

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