Having just obtained my MBA degree, and with all the joy of meeting old friends during graduation, I thought this would be a good moment for me to pick up the book I had wanted to read for over a year – The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.
But somehow, the #StrathclydeMBA still plays in my mind and makes me draw parallels to the story. For starts, just like the protagonist (Paulo himself), I had to go on this MBA journey, leaving behind me my past life; Its achievements and its routine.
Let me not bore you with more analogies, save one. The topic of this post – how my MBA team helped to enrich my journey.
In his book, Paulo speaks about the good fight. According to him,
“The Good Fight is the one we Fight because our heart asks it of us. The Good Fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams.”
The beginning of My MBA year had been one in which I had found it difficult at times to fight the good fight. The primary reason that made it so difficult was my lack of experience coupled with the adamant nature of a select few of my peers who did not want to listen to someone so young. This led me to look for and select a team from January in which I would not face this problem.
I was fortunate to get a team that had the right mix of youth and experience. In our team, we had 3 youngsters and 3 experienced colleagues. This ideal mix promoted a culture of each of the experienced colleagues mentoring the youngsters on a rotational basis. A win-win situation was created as we youngsters found it easier with academics, being more ‘recent’ to college education and helped them during exam preparations.
In our team, we fought a ‘different’ good fight.
“The Good Fight is the one we Fight because our heart asks it of us. The Good Fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our opinions.”
The good fight was when we discussed ideas and critiqued each other openly, irrespective of age and other bias. Each of us had a reason for voicing our strategies and we gave each other enough opportunities to elucidate their reasons.
The good fight was when we sat in a circle and gave constructive feedback on each other’s contributions at the end of each module.
The good fight was when each day of those 3 months, we walked into our room at 9:00 in the morning, knowing that we had a tough day ahead and looking forward to the challenge; and leaving home at 6:30 PM, knowing that we had clashed against worthy opponents and created music in the process of waging battle.
The good fight was when we turned in each assignment, with the knowledge that we had given our absolute best, irrespective of how we were going to be marked.
While now it is time for me to dive back into the book, I take his moment to salute my teammates , wherever they are right now.
With their permission, I am sharing their profiles below
Justin M – Brit – 18 Years exp in Marine Offshore
Deepak V – Indian – 10 years exp in FMCG Marketing
Carolina C – Columbian – 4 Years exp in Change Management consulting
Kathiravan A – Indian – 4 years exp in IT Data analysis
Jose Valdez A – Mexican – 10 Years exp in Sales
Chandramouli S – Indian, 3 years exp in Internet marketing & IT