Friday, April 1, 2011

Knot in my thread

Some of the lessons are academic; others are about life.  Some are for the students; others seem to be for me.  Today is a case (or two) in point.

My first summer session will be spent with students who are employed full time, earning an MBA through the executive program, and using the business simulation to apply strategy concepts they've studied this semester.  I will have very bright students with high expectations focusing on the subject matter I fear most.  The fates seem to be having a field day here.

It's not that I don't understand business plans, income statements, balance sheets, or forecasting.  It is, however, that I am most comfortable playing to my strengths.  And I do not consider these to be my strengths. 

We challenge students to take risks, to move beyond their comfort zone, to keep learning on the job and in life. How much easier it is to teach than to do...except for the voice that reminds me about practicing what I espouse.  You can't see the look of grim determination as I write, which is probably a good thing for all concerned.

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