October 13, 2014

Mother of Invention

The case study exercise today was easily the most entertaining class we had in the first two weeks. For those readers who weren't present: Each group of six had to act as a management board of a hotel facing different issues. The aim was to conduct a 45 minute board meeting in which all the issues should be discussed and solved.

Although I had many sales meetings and a few project team meetings in the past, the scope and time pressure made the exercise a real chalange. All participants had 'only' 15 minutes to prepare and we had to jump into the context straight away.

In my view the actual chalange of the task was not to do the formalities described in the case study. It was not about discussing every single point and finding a solution... Thinking, feeling, (re-)acting and in the end becoming the role you are assigned was the ultimate target of the whole exercise. If you mentally became the General Manager of the hotel for 45 minutes you wanted and needed to solve the problems.

As the old saying goes: "Necessity is the mother of invention."

Putting yourself into such practicle situations will make you learn much more than any lecture or presentation can ever teach you. Just to finish it off with another proverb: "Practice makes excellent!"


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