Hi Ayelet and Anne-Laure Fayard, I read your interview and comments. I can relate to some parts of it. I have a MBA and just recently my work colleague TC completed his MBA as well. We are both working on a fairly large organisational project. After reading your interview I found many similarities with issues that TC was facing being fresh out of university with minimal work experience. Learning and research was easy for TC as he was able to work autonomously very well, but when it came to group thinking or brain storming sessions, TC found it quite difficult and stressful as this was also part of the overall end to end completion process of the project.
One thing that was not mentioned (or maybe it was and I missed it) was culture. Ayelet are you able to advise the cultural background of the person?
I find that the cultural background of a person can have an impact on performance. I know in my case TC has a Asian background and is of high power distance (HOFSTEDE.COM), so this is the reason why the group think or brain storming session that encourage people to speak up and question authority, didn’t suit the kind of working style that TC was comfortable with.
I also agree with the comment from Anna-Laure Fayard that there is more to be done in order to assist any university leaver or anyone whom thinks outside the box, with how to continue having the person build on their creative thinking and confidence. It can easily be eroded when people are continually getting stressed out or begin to shy away from creative thinking due to high pressure jobs or become complacent with just agreeing and conforming to the norms of society.
In regards to the key take away, I totally agree and constantly use this approach to my own working style. The importance to stop the information gathering process at some point in order to think and analyse what was learned during the data gathering process or research (process mapping really helps in these situations). Once you grasp the concept of what and how the business is operating, and how people are doing their daily tasks, then YES it is much easier to plan the next steps. I call these steps “inch pebbles” as little by little each pebble will help you to create a pond.
Thanks for reporting the interview. Pending your reply.
Great idea, the children at any school would be drawn to the spark truck like a magnet, looks like heaps of fun whilst learning something new and different as well. What also makes this idea attractive is that the spark truck can travel to any school it chooses either rural or city. Well done.
Thanks Lili, I agree that knowing a different language helps to promote creative thinking, growing up in Australia (which is a multicultural country) with an Italian background helped me to develop an intercultural understanding as I was able to learn and value cultures, languages and beliefs of my own and those of others.
Throughout my life I was able to understand how personal, group and national identities are shaped, and the variable and changing nature of culture. This enabled me to embrace diversity and that allowed me to learn the capability that is involved in learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.
These lessons that I have leant over the years will now be passed down to my children whom are in the process of learning a second language and it is through their creative pictures, dance and music that I can see the true value of knowing a different language, traditions and customs and the added benefits it has on my children.