IE Business School Online Masters
Michael Tetu
December 22, 2010

Happy holidays from Madrid.

Quick update for you–The International Executive MBA (English/Online) Nov class is on a “virtual” holiday period (whose timing could not have been better).. the break is legitimate, but there are some “underground studies” taking place.  After almost 6 weeks of in-class and on-line studies, we have the opportunity now to gather our thoughts, rest, take on other tasks we’ve postponed, and to prepare for an early return to the books in January. For most of us, it’s a well deserved break to catch up with family and friends while reducing (but not eliminating) pending assignments and group projects. We are also reviewing topics that flew by us earlier; the chance to re-look is valuable.

One year to go from today until graduation. Not a bad milestone, all things considered…

We’ve applied the group approach to the case study method so far and our methods are far from perfect; again, the holiday allows each group to adjust their workload and distribution, timing, and preparation of work. The desired effect is obvious from the start—the subject  matter experts are often in your own group, and the sharing of experiences and perspectives is amazing.

We’ve also launched into the entrepreneurial portion of the program and business plans are beginning to take shape (in varying degrees).

No question, our dollar/euro/yen/pound/sea shell/wompum are well invested to date. We are definitely getting what we paid for. It’s an amazing ride.

Have a safe holiday, all the best from Madrid.

(Finish that application packet!)


6 Comments

Hope you had a great holiday!
I would just like to congratulate for all the results you achived and wish you all the best for this year.
When can we see you online again?

Comment by mba abroad — January 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

It is an accomplishment to begin your MBA let alone be a year in! Good luck to you all!

Comment by Top Online MBAs — January 17, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

Two weeks after the holiday ended and we are drinking from the proverbial fire hose! Actually, the workload is balanced but it is thorough In an ad hoc query of several classmates, not many of us were able to leap ahead over the holiday as we had thought…instead we kept pace or slightly fell-off pace for a needed mental and physical break and to reconnect with friends and family. I think the faculty would argue that we made the right call to do that.

Here are some of the interesting dynamics and shifts we’ve all experienced since returning to some degree:

–We all still have our lives outside of this degree–work, family, friends, sickness, health, real-world demands of time, work and family emergencies, kid football matches and recitals. The take-away is that the GROUP carries the individual when that person is committed externally to other demands. It balances out–it affects everyone and every group–it goes around fairly and no one takes advantage. The team concept is the only way you get through this program.

–Some of the groups and students are going back and revising or modifying their distribution of work based on individual areas of expertise or experience or talent; some groups have revised their collaborative tools and methods; many students had locked into a daily schedule that carves out specific times for school and for everything else. A regimented approach is a benefit. Time–or lack thereof–is your mortal enemy!

–We are ALL learning to be more concise in our daily posts and are trying to not crush our peers with long-winded, perfectly penned manifestos. For all of the Type A’s in the class, that’s a big leap but when your weekly on-line session has upwards of 240 posts to read for one of three classes, it can consume you.

Those are a few of the major shifts of late. Anyone who thinks on-line is a cake-walk (vs a presential or full-time) needs to read more of these blogs and actually contact some of the students who have experienced it firsthand. Make no mistake–you definitely feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. I am not sure I can say it more clearly…from the very beginning, the group (5-6 students) and the class are the main entities. The individual student relies heavily on them but for very good reasons is relegated to an support role t the Group. You get your individual learning in, believe me. And you are heard. But the group is the center of the universe.

A sage professor here reminded us that “the strength of the pack is the wolf, the strength of the wolf is the pack.” Is it ever.

All the best from Madrid–happy holidays.
MT

Comment by Michael Tetu — January 17, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

a lot of recommendations on grupovogo training. but I still think that a more productive individual training

Comment by college paper — August 13, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

I always liked the method of group approach to the study of specific issues. then you can see a lot of ways to solve

Comment by site — October 20, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

I love to use a method which uses conducting discussions with a large number of participants. Usually it helps to find the best solution of the problem.

Comment by essaycorrector.org — December 12, 2016 @ 4:04 pm
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