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Required Math For Managers

By March 13, 2006

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An HR Manager recently told me that her job didn't require math skills. As I pointed out why she was wrong, I started thinking about how important math skills are to all managers. Beyond the critical thinking it enforces, math helps you understand and evaluate what's going on around you.

How are you going to check timesheets or expense reports without good math skills? Are you going to rely on the honesty of every individual in your organization?

And as your career advances, are you going to be content to just learn How To Read An Income Statement. Or, when you become the CEO, the executive responsible for certifying the company's financials, are you going to wish you had some basic math skill to validate a few key numbers for yourself or are you going to depend completely on the honesty of your CFO?

A person doesn't have to be good at math to be a manager, but it helps you be better as a manager.

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March 23, 2007 at 11:45 am
(1) E. Drummond says:

Managers today need to equipped with as many skills as possible, in order to meet with the demands of a changing world. In the days of yore, it was easy to be a brand manager. It required little knowledge of using employees to their greatest potential. Manager and leaders will benefit expontentially with mathemetical and decision-making skills invloving critical thinking. Managers must also be equippped with the ability to correctly frame problems in order to save time in solving problems.

October 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(2) lila says:

thanks you this helped me!

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