Posts Tagged ‘LEAD’

What Happens Early Matters

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

LEAD WeekTen Jump Start sessions, a Pub Club, a fiesta, and one weekend later, I jumped head-first into LEAD (Leadership, Exploration, Association, Direction). It’s more than just orientation. It’s an immersion. From 8 am to 6, 7, or 8 pm each day.  All week, my classmates and I have been sharing “trigger moments” with each other (how we got here, why we chose to pursue an MBA at Foster), discussing our expectations of the program, and getting to know each other real well, real fast.  Already, I’ve managed to test a few boundaries with my sense of humor. For one, I recommended Eneman, a plush enema doll used to promote colorectal screenings at trade shows (and the best tchotchke ever!) as an informal team mascot. Blank stares, then, some smiles.  I figured I’d take a few risks before Finance starts, right?

This LEAD also marks the launch of the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking, which runs a class, Management 510, concurrent with our core courses throughout the year.  We’ve been learning about team-based leadership, the qualities of strategic thinking, and how both will apply to nearly every field that we will study.  Through all this, it’s been amazing to me how our class is so diverse, yet so similar in many ways. We come from different countries, states, cultures, and educational and professional backgrounds, but we’re all here for the same reasons. For intellectual challenge and career growth. For networking and friendship. For holistic success.

With nametags, place cards, coffee mugs and backpacks in tow, this week has been a flurry of excitement and a touch of anxiety.  Foster has done an excellent job of providing us with schedules, syllabi, panels and presentations on the “nuts and bolts” of the program. But, for a lot of us, we only have a “sense” of what’s coming.  We know we’ll be BUSY during our first quarter, but how that will play out individually and in our teams is still a big unknown.  In business and in life, we’ll often face times of ambiguity, and the next two years stands to transform us all.  The best part? We’re in this together.  Ready, set . . . go!

Guest Blogger: Adrienne Matthews, Foster MBA Class of 2011

Adrienne during LEAD

Adrienne during LEAD

Leadership Fellows

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
The Meg(h)an(n)s: Leadership Fellows

The Meg(h)an(n)s: Leadership Fellows

Teams are a central part of the Foster MBA Program. During the first year nearly every class requires you to complete work with your core team of 5 or 6 students, whether it’s a research paper, a presentation or both. Foster’s Leadership Fellows program matches a 2nd year student with a 1st year team to provide support and guidance. As 2nd year students, by now we’ve all learned a thing or two, from tools for facilitating a brainstorming session to the secret for cheap parking on campus. Yesterday twenty Leadership Fellows spent our Saturday preparing to fill this role, revisiting communication frameworks we learned last year from The Glasers, as well as brainstorming how to best support the 1st year students during their upcoming LEAD Week, beginning tomorrow.

It’s shocking to realize that an entire year has already gone by since we were just plunging in to our first year at Foster. Although our heads are spinning a little from the lightning speed of the past year, we’re all very ready and willing to pass on the knowledge we’ve gained in that time. It’s a perfect example of what makes the atmosphere at Foster so unique in the MBA world.