Winter Whining Turned Corporate Chiefs Into Meteorologists

A snow-swept parking lot with no cars on March 26 in Hyannis, Mass. Photograph by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

In addition to accounting and corporate finance, business schools should teach would-be executives how to pull off a successful snow dance. A little winter weather, it turns out, is a perfect excuse for shoddy results. Unlike revenue and profits, there are no reliable metrics for measuring just how bad a recent winter has been, and executives capable of posting decent results in frigid temperatures can herald the challenge overcome through managerial determination.

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