Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience

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Mansi Gupta said: (Mar 5, 2021)  
I would like to share my views on this too.

It's true that the Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience. For some people, what we learn in schools, colleges are never made use of them in real-life experiences.

The managerial skills taught in the classroom are too theoretical for any real-life scenarios.

They are not taught how to handle pressure, stress etc.

There are many scenarios that obviously cannot be covered in a few months of curriculum.

In a practical experience, we meet different people, & learnt different things.

Managerial skills in theory are very "generic'. This is not the case in the case of real-life experiences.

In real life, depending on the work environment and people, one needs to change the way work can be managed.


It will be unfair to pass judgment that Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience.

It is a known fact that most of the business tycoons have studied from the top B schools.

What is learnt in the classroom may not completely match with real-life scenarios, however, the basics of any manager are patience, ability to motivate and manage a team.

Such basics are always experienced in real life, although in different forms.

What really matters is, how well a manager can handle his company. If the company employees are happy, it does not matter what he learnt in the classroom is being made us off or not. A key to any good manager is to motivate the Employee and consider their personal issues.

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B.Kuldeep said: (Mar 30, 2018)  
Myself Kuldeep.

Indeed, yes skills never match when they are taught in classrooms subject which is taught to analyze the outer world, but in the real world its everything different as we listen though skills we develop is extremely different and they gonna different from the others. Well, we all study bookish knowledge only to know how managers deal their skills in the corporate sector.

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Pankaj Singh said: (Oct 29, 2017)  
My self pankaj singh.

Managerial skill taught class room for some purpose. Because these are defined my expertise, managerial skill we learnt in class room can help in our particle life. But experience is also important as the same because it will be tech you to tackle the different kind of situation happening in our world. Managerial skill you need experience and this experience will get you strong when you are class room training is to strong and managerial skill in college or school we have practical. Managerial skill lesion most important than theoretical thought.

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Mona said: (Oct 3, 2017)  
Friends, according to me, whatever you study in a classroom is going to be made practical in the real world. Learning will teach you how to behave in a professional world, and how the best manager could be,

If you don't have proper managerial skills then it becomes difficult to work.

So, I think that learning and then experiencing it is very important because if you have knowledge but cannot implement it then it is of no use.

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Bharathiraja said: (Aug 16, 2016)  
Hi, friends, I am very happy to convey my thought with you.

In my point of view, the managerial skills half of the part only learnt in the classroom. Once we try to apply in any field. In the first time, they got failed and that time experience will teach you.

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Shivam said: (Jul 31, 2016)  
Yes, I agree with the statement because experience will give you the direction in which if you apply your managerial skills, you will get the maximum output. And experience comes after starting a work. So, one started his work using his managerial skills taking some assumptions but you do not get the expected result but you came to know that certain assumptions which you consider are the reason of unexpected results. By experience, you also came to know about the situations where if your managerial skills went wrong, how to overcome those situations. So, we should start working taking help from experienced guys and develop our own experience.

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A.Srinivas Rao said: (Jul 29, 2016)  
As my opinion, if you have theoretical knowledge then you can able to explain what you are doing but if you have experience in that particular subject then you can perform better and do that work efficiently.

For ex: If you are learning swimming and you have attended so many swimming classes but in practical you will be failed to swim but after practicing and knowing your difficulties you can able to do better. So for being successful both are important.

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Duncy Prabha said: (Jul 5, 2016)  
Hi friends, I know that managerial skills learnt from the classroom can never ever match the skills we learnt from experience. And this is one of the reason, even in schools and colleges we have practicals which will be a lot easier. And sometimes these practicals helps us to understand those theories.

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Pratibha Solanki said: (Jun 10, 2015)  
Hi everyone, I am here to point out my view on "managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience".

I would like to say for managerial skills you need experience and this experience will get strong when your classroom training is to be strong. But we can relate both on some level, because on my experience I can say worker has more experience or knowledge about a machine than an engineer as he has experience on that particular work and engineer can only relate it through his theoretical knowledge.

Now comes to managerial skills, I must it only and only develop when you apply classroom training again and again on your work then only you will get experience and develop managerial skills.

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Aamir said: (May 2, 2015)  
I think managerial skills taught in classroom for some purpose. Because these are define by the expertise. The managerial skills we learnt in class room can help in our practical life. And it is true that " Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience". Because experience comes from practical things which always taught a lesson to us. And lesson is more important than theoretical thoughts.

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Tithi said: (Feb 14, 2015)  
Hi everyone, I believe that classroom knowledge is as much important as experience because skill and technique can be implemented to the real work can be taught in classroom only. No one can directly start working until and unless his or her base is made strong so we cannot ignore class room education. But yes, experience is also important as the same because it will teach to tackle the real situation what is happening in the real world.

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Sky said: (Jan 8, 2015)  
Friends I feel that the classrooms provide a base upon which a career can be built. We need classrooms and simultaneously we also need experience. Classrooms teach us basic skills and experience teaches us how to utilize those skills in the real world setting.

It is true that many successful people like Dhirubhai Ambani and LN Mittal did not receive formal education and still made it big but it is also true that the same people send their sons and daughters to best classrooms available.

Besides if you simply look at the percentage of people that become successful without receiving formal education, you will find it to be very low. That why I feel both are important in their respective capacities.

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Rohit Chhabra said: (Aug 16, 2014)  
No I am not agree with it. In class room you only learn skills or tactics theoretically. But with experience you can learn how to implement tactics those learnt in class room. So without experience you will not able to use that skills effectively. Without practical knowledge theoretical seems handicap.

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Anurag Kanodia said: (Dec 11, 2013)  
Hello friends,

My name is Anurag Kanodia. I am expressing my views on the topic "Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from the experience".

According to me, Knowledge gained in the classroom is necessary but it is of no use unless it is applied. Lets suppose there are two persons X and Y with X having more classroom knowledge but less experience than Y. Then according to me Y will have better managerial skills because he has able to implement whatever he has learn through classroom and books but X possess only theoretical knowledge.

Experience is always a winner in the race between "knowledge gained in classroom" and "Experience". If a person has experience he can cope up with the given situation more efficiently than the person who has only theoretical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is incomplete without experience. A person can be successful only when he has both theoretical knowledge and experience.

Thank you.

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Moiz Nagpurwala said: (Sep 3, 2013)  
Hello everyone,

As we all have learned from our school time that experience is the best teacher, the rule here apply quite perfectly. No one is born manager, is it like in a managers house there will born another one or in a family of doctors the child born is a doctor. No is the answer. Child learn from what they see from their childhood. Coming back to managerial skills no one can learn them, its the thing that comes from practice and live field experience. Managerial skills learned in schools are just theory part but the practical knowledge which lead us to a way to success come from experience.

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Rahul said: (Feb 25, 2013)  
Dear Team,

I agreed with Mr. Jayabaskar, when I have started my career after Graduation, I have faced lots of problem, because that was my 1st job and I realized that experience is more important compare with the class room studies.

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Swati said: (Oct 9, 2012)  
From my point of view classroom education creates more managerial skills, we learn all type of theoretical knowledge from our classroom, if we are not knowing anything about the subject, we can't practice in our work. Because of that there are many business schools to bring future managers from there we can easily learn how to handle a situation, what all things we need to do when we become a manager.

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Vishnu Palekar said: (Aug 17, 2012)  
I agree with topic, Manager are born and not trained however I would like to reframe it as though managers are born however they need to take some training to polish some of the skills. Also training can lead them to right direction as well as help them to take desiction in carieer path.

Practical knowladge would help person to get rid of the instances as well as decesion making in future however classroom training enables them to aviod instances.

Practice make man perfect but grooming is also required to match the skill in todays compititive era.

In classroom we basically shares the situations faced during the our day to day work which can preferably used for referece hence classroom training is needed.

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Noopur Das said: (Aug 11, 2012)  
A very warm good morning to all of you. According to me class room education gives you the basics to handle different situation which anyone can face. But live experience helps us to get a border prospective. It is also said that "failure is the stepping stone of success". It is automatic that when you face a situation in real n fail you will try to analyse it that why I didn't met with success? What was wrong? What suits the situation best and in what could have been done to get success. But it is not possible to get experience of everything in real and then solve the problem. So both are necessary as both of them add to your knowledge. Thanks.

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Toddman said: (Jul 4, 2012)  
I am a manager with no college education. I am 50 and have been in management for about 12 years. Over the years I have learnt a wealth of information through the daily experience. I have also witnessed very poor decisions made by very inexperienced managers with a full college degrees. Experience is key.

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Huzefa said: (Apr 20, 2012)  
@Nishant Kumar.

You are talking about Dhirubhai Ambani but have you think of Lakshmi Mittal the 6th Richest Man in the world and you will be astonished to find that he is only a commerce graduate still he make it to the top. He didn't Join B-School or Management Institution. What I means to say that it Live Experience that can attain you to a greater height your Fundamental knowledge from classroom can only helps you in understand the basics but only practical knowledge ca step you to ladder of success.

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Jaspreet Kaur said: (Nov 1, 2011)  
I think that there should be some base for everything, so classroom act as a base for our fundamental knowledge, if we will not be knowing about the fundamental rules then how could we implement the practical world? no doubt experience come from working but we coild only be succesful when we gave studies the fundamentles and with the education only we colud implement in the proper manner, practical ways are adopted after seeing the corporate scenario, if the person has not done any prac thing in classroom then he might face the prob in corporate world, therefore prac things are made understand in the classrooms so I conclude that the base for teh managerail skills is the education in the classroms.

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Nishant Kumar said: (Sep 9, 2011)  
Classroom learning works as a R&D department of any company which is necessary for any new product launching before launching a product it is necessary to check the product and make correction whatever is needed, this same thing we get in our classroom learning then we get ready for launch in corporate world.

Someone also talk about managerial skill comes by experience many more industrialist got success without going not even a single day to college but I want to ask a question to all of them only one question if it is right then why the son of DHIRUBHAI AMBANI went to harvard university for their MBA. If his father never gone in any Indian B school and why executive MBA. Why people come in IIM and any other B school after working for 1yr or 2yr or more experience.

So I want to conclude that unless you have not any theoretical knowledge you can't be a good manager. It could be a case that the person can get success in marketing not exactly in marketing but in sales but if they want to get success in finance or supplychan or HR. He/she must have the knowledge of classroom learning.

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Steven said: (May 26, 2011)  
Well i totally agree to this point as Jayabaskar said that when you have to face the world you cant just speak out the stuff you have learnt in the class. There are different conditions in real life. What we learn in the classroom is the reel life but in the real life we need experience to face these challenges. And skill comes with experience.

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Vaishnavi said: (May 5, 2011)  
A person can become successful not only through education. It is only the person's skill, hardwork and zeal to reach the zenith.

There is no need of studying the rules to play a game, it can be learnt by seeing others playing or playing himself one can learn which comes from experience. This is called practical experience.

One should know how to manage things practically which comes by experience.

So it is experience which make a person how to manage things practically. So managerial skills comes by experience and not when theoretically learnt.

So experience speaks for itself.

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Thejas said: (Feb 1, 2011)  
A debate that has been around for long, still continues. Class room learning Vs experiential learning. When one talks about management skills, we are dealing with hard skills and soft skills - hard skills of finance, operation marketing, human resource as well as the soft skills of leadership, team building, communication and so on. It is pivotal for any student aiming for the stars to go through the rigorous and laborious process of mastering these skills.

The platform for such learning is in a classroom. Classrooms provides an aspiring management student the opportunity to not just learn but also experience the world of management. While many of of my fellow speakers have pointed out that the experience is the best teacher, I too agree with them. However, the appropriate channelizing of that knowledge is appropriate as well as effective only in a classroom.

To bridge the classroom and industrial divide, many universities and institutions are adopting numerous programs that enable the student to embrace and get the feel of the real world. Plethora of avenues are available for a management student to apply what he/she has learnt in class in practical situations. Further, a student gets the added benefit being tutored and mentored by qualified professors who posses an ocean of wisdom. Therefore, I would like to conclude that there is nothing taking away the titanic benefits that classroom learning has to offer for a student.

"life is not a sprint, its a marathon. Train well and there is nothing thats going to stop you from reaching the finishing point".

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A.Y Naga Sadhana said: (Jan 10, 2011)  
According to me managerial skills that learnt in classroom are the basics for live experience.without knowing the theoritical knowledge it is difficult to handle the I agree that the managerial skills that learnt in classroom can match the live experience.

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Shalini D said: (Dec 11, 2010)  
Well, here we are comparing the managerial skills developed by learning in classroom and the other one gained by experience. Though theoretical background is essential but one could develop these skills only through experience by facing critical situations where one has to take correct decisions. One just cannot play the game just by knowing the rules but by implementing those rules while practicing. We also see various great businessmen who don't have MBA degree. They were not managers by birth but their experience makes them perfect in their managerial skills.

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Ankita said: (Nov 24, 2010)  
According to me the managerial skills that we learn in classroom acts as a base when performing in the real world. Nobody can play a game without knowing the rules. Thus one's you know the basics (rules) , anybody can implement the skills at the workplace and make the best use of the managerial skills learnt. Classroom teachings helps to generate a fair idea about what can be done in a particular situation regardless of, the situations are not always the same. As far as the experience is concerned it might not be wrong saying that, the experience which we get from our workplace helps us to be successful only if we implement the managerial skills we have learnt in the classroom.

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Sneha said: (Nov 10, 2010)  
Managerial skill is something that we cannot learn by just reading book. In class room a mere lecture is given which helps us to visualize the thing and circumstances with our close eyes. But the real scenario is just different from the way we think. So in order to gain proper managerial things we should in fact try it out in the practical way. For this is the only way to groom ourselves in the right path. For eg: nowadays each and every recruiter look for experienced personal for their company, this is because they want their employees to be ready to whatsoever challenges on their own will which will add to the reputation and goodwill of their company. Hence according to me every knowledge that we have gained should have the practical implementation. For nowadays it works more then the managerial skill that we get in classrooms.

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Harshad Hameed said: (Nov 5, 2010)  
Skills are not only learned in class rooms, through out our life we keep getting knowledge and skills even if we don't go to schools. Some of the biggest business people have not studied in classrooms but Remember they have studied by themselves from their surroundings. As all the people does not have this ability we should have classroom skills.

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Sam said: (Sep 28, 2010)  
Of course experience speaks for itself. How can one really complete an experiment by just studying about it and not practically implementing and getting involved.

I haven't seen a person achieve zenith in his/her field without handling or rather experiencing a particular situation. Moreover No person can tackle just on the base of studying a particular theory and as such experiencing in real is needed.

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Sravi said: (Sep 22, 2010)  
I won't accept that "managerial skills learnt in the classroom never match those learnt from experience". The skills learnt in the classroom are basic fundamentals and "they are the first best experience that we face". Definitely there will be a match, but on the analytical ability of the person he use to analyse the situation based on the classroom learnt skills with experience.

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Nischala said: (Sep 22, 2010)  
Good evening to one and all, we know that 'EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER'. In this fast growing technology we do see many successful people, all of them are not educated. It is only the way they grow for example the founder of dosa plaza merely do not possess any great educational background but he is a very successful businessman. He is not a management graduate his skills and zeal made him successful and with that experience alone he has been teaching several management graduates in a reputed institute.

I do say that it is only the person's zeal and hard work brings him success but not degrees.

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Piyush said: (Sep 21, 2010)  
If we don't have knowledge of theory we can't do practicals. Firstly Managerial skills is necessary. At least little bit knowledge of Managerial skills so that we can convert into experience.

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Chintu said: (Sep 16, 2010)  
But as per the current strategy of the class room program, they are just theoretical and less practical. So we can just understand virtually what managerial skill are. We practically understand only when we face the world and have our own experience. So I think its experience which teaches more regarding the real situation.

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Sakthi said: (Aug 17, 2010)  
Yes I agree with you Ranu. Unless a kid is taught how to walk on the floor, how can he climb the steps. So classroom learning is very essential before one is exposed to the real world situations. Through this, one can get to know a lot about what decisions are to be made at different situations.

It only depends on what way the student takes them.

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Ranu said: (Aug 8, 2010)  
It's very true my friends that "Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience", but never forget that for practical experience we need some theoretical background that can be gain only in classroom.

You can compare to person one who had some background knowledge with him will learn more fast than the one who is deprived of it. So I believe that experience sharpens your knowledge and give shine to it but classroom knowledge is equally important.

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Rasoolbi said: (Jul 13, 2010)  
Managerial skills only learn on experience. What ever we learn in the classroom that is useful to our classroom but not useful in other places. Experience to gain knowledge.

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Chandra Sekar said: (Jul 13, 2010)  
According to me,"experience is the best way to achieve the target because whatever studying in the class rooms those are just for understanding not for in practical way. but experience is the assets for the knowledge.

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Vani said: (Jul 12, 2010)  
Experiance is the better teacher than the teacher in the classroom. Most of the things which we learn in the classroom is used to score marks in the examinations only. It is just like mugging up and vomitting and we omit to apply in practice. The live eperience alone is used more often to lead our lives.

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Prasanthi said: (Jul 10, 2010)  
I would say that managerial skills could be developed only if one tries to tackle the situation effectively where ever one is and what ever the situation is. This could be learn t even in class or at any place, experience would however betters ones performance or skill.

But we cannot say that the class room managerial skills would dominate the real world experiences.

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Jayabaskar said: (Jul 9, 2010)  
Hi I would be so happy to start a conversation on the topic "Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience"

It is a true statement since what ever you study in the class room they are only theoretical when the time comes to face the world it would be so different. Only experience can show you the real world.

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