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October 05, 2011

Getting Started

So I just rounded up my Welcome to the Msc Management for Business Excellence (MBE) talk given by Paul Roberts of the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) academic department.

I have to say that it was really quite helpful. Studying here is very different from back home. I come from one of those societies where there is usually a HUGE power distance relationship between students and lecturers, but i was fortunate enough to have attended a small Private University where this wasn't always the case. As a result, I am quite comfortable to a reasonable degree walking up to my lecturers and Professors and asking questions and having dialogue with them. I know that this is certainly not the norm with many students who studied in my country, especially at the Higher Intstitutions.

I loved the short talk he gave us on time management. It inspired me even more to do a much better job than I have in the past of managing my time properly.

I was also struck by a few of the quotes he mentioned in class today. I've outlined a few of them below:

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to earn........" Carl Rogers-American Pychologist

It went on for a bit longer than that but I was personally most intrigued by the first sentence. I'd never quiet heard the process of education being explained like that. I think it actually does make a lot of sense. Education is ongoing, it is about learning, and in order to actually learn anything, one has to infact learn how to learn. Maybe that sounds a bit confusing but that's how i understand it.

He also dropped a few chinese proverbs that i really liked and i took a note of:

"Tell me and i'll forget, show me and I may remeber, involve me and i'll understand"

For one to truly learn something, it has to have sunk into your consciousness on some level, and that can only really happen through involvement. Through taking part in something actively and creating your own memories of the learning process and how you came to the realization of certain key facts.

I also really liked this proverb:

"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask is a fool forever"

Hahaha. Quite funny, but also quite true if you think about it. You may feel self conscious asking a question in the moment, you may be worried that others may see you as unintelligent for what some of them may consider a silly question, but after having your question answered, you get to leave there having any misconceptions you may have had about the subject cleared up, and at the end of the day, you're much wiser for it.

Really looking forward to the team building excercises later in the day.

That's all for now

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