Brant Schulz

The best lesson the professor did not expect to teach

Shared story from Brant Schulz, MBA 1982. When I was in Advanced Business Finance (Fin 550) in Balmer Hall in the Fall of 1981, the course Professor decided to show us how to do a financial proof that started with two completely different sets of assumptions but ended with the same financial equation. When he was finished with the second proof he said “and that proves there is more than one way to skin a cat.” One of my classmates who was sitting across from me at the u-shaped table that was the classroom’s front row had a very unhappy look on her face. The professor pounced on that look and asked if she did not believe him. She said “No, I have a cat!” Everyone burst out laughing and the Professor apologized. That day I learned one of the great truths of life. Never assume you know what another person is thinking based on their… Read the rest