In the midst of a two and a half week onslaught, I write to you during a brief respite to talk about time management and the dire importance of learning how to manage your time, for sanity’s sake.
The past two weeks have, on top of the normal demands of daily MBA coursework, included seven team projects, two individual assignments and a marketing case competition. Sounds like a lot, right? We haven’t finished just yet. The cherry on top of the sundae is a blitz of finals this coming Monday and Tuesday to round out the term.
To give you some insight, the breadth and depth of our assignments included:
- Team Operations Management II Case
- Team Presentation in Global Business Environment
- Team Strategy Case
- Team Marketing Management II Case
- Team Global Business Environment Term Paper
- Team Global Business Environment Term Presentation
- Team Marketing Management II Term Project and Presentation
- Individual Strategy Case
- Individual Operations Management II Assignment
- Macy’s Marketing Challenge
- Yet to come:
- Operations Management II Final
- Marketing Management II Final
- Global Business Environment Final
My classmate Danny already touched on the importance and ever-present inclusion of group work into our MBA experience. I can whole-heartedly say that the bulleted to-do list above would not be possible without an accountable core team. Thankfully, my team and I successfully worked together and spent hours and hours pushing to ensure we had quality deliverables. Yes, tensions can run high. No, you cannot escape it. It’s these experiences that best mirror working under tight deadlines with a team in the business world. Setting aside the individual for the betterment of the team, sharing responsibility and depending on each other to shoulder the burden each weigh heavily in the foundation of a high performing team.
Now, I’ve got to get back to it. If you think you possess great time management skills, be prepared to back it up. I thought I was pretty good, but I still have plenty to learn. The good news is, we all survived and by 2:45 pm Tuesday afternoon, we’ll have a chance to take a deep breath.
That is, until we start our next term the following morning at 8:30 am.