Once upon a time I was an intelligent and intelligible adult. I even used to have conversations with other intelligent adults about business, politics, and deep existential topics.
Analyze data? Run statistical models? Advise on acquisitions? Quantify market growth rates? Present advice to CEOs? Yep, yes, and yep.
Oh, I also forgot to add bullshit to the list.
Yes, I was an accomplished bull-shitter.
In interviews I said things like, “I want to join consulting because of the steep learning curve — you learn more in two years at (insert consulting firm name) than in 10 years at a regular corporation.”
How things have changed.
After two years on maternity leave, I now know what steep learning curve really means.
And in case you’re a man reading this, no, maternity leave is not a vacation like business school.
But like business (or law, or medical, or any graduate) school, two years of