Then, came the 60 page China Lab final report. It was definitely difficult to produce this report across time zones and language barriers, but, we did it and I’m so happy and proud of our report.
Now that both of those are over with, it’s time for my final blog post, also a “two in one” post.
Looking back on the China Lab experience, I am so glad that I took advantage of action learning during my first year of Sloan. I think I learned an immense amount about myself, and how to work in a diverse team, during this process. Not to mention the enriching experience of getting closer to Divya, Tommy and Emily and, learning about Goelia.
Some of the lessons included:
The importance of being transparent with your teammates
Working in a group, there are obviously times that people are on different pages, or, are a little dissatisfied with each other. During this process, I learned how toxic that can be. I think it’s crucial that all teammates are on the same page; and, as a manager it’s important to implement processes that create transparency and allow people to be open with each other as often as possible.
Challenging yourself in a “safe” environment is invaluable
During China Lab, I have also been able to challenge myself in ways that you don’t normally have the opportunity to do. For example, at times one of my weaknesses is driving change during a meeting and taking charge. During the project, I’ve had the opportunity to be able to do this during group settings, as well as with our clients. I think this learning opportunity, and chance for me to grow as a leader has been invaluable. It is also a relatively safe environment to work on leadership skills and try to develop as a leader and a teammate. I’m grateful to be given this chance.
Feedback is always a good thing
When you work closely with people, they are able to see your strengths and weaknesses from an outsiders prospective, and, likely pick up on things that you’re not able to see. Divya and I realize this, and are doing a “feedback” session next week in order to become more aware of how we can each improve going forward. I’m reminded why the ability to give and receive feedback is such a valuable aspect of being a leader and, definitely think it is something I’d like to retain in my life – and, put into practice at my own company - after business school.
In all, I hope the lessons I’ve learned are ones that I’ll carry with me for the rest of business school and after.