From textbooks to giraffes and aeroplanes
Who would have thought that we would be making giraffes and aeroplanes in class instead of going through lengthy slides, complicated textbooks and mind-boggling journals on a masters course in an effort to learn business excellence? Well hats off to whoever came up with the idea of this interactive approach to learning! Contrary to what I had believed and anticipated earlier in terms of the structure of this masters course, I have to admit that I am fairly smitten by this approach to learning. Whilst being fun, innovative and interactive, the practical exercises are also intellectually stimulating and very effective in preparing us for the actual workplace as they not only reinforce the core learning outcomes and knowledge and understanding of the topic through practical lens, but, additionally, they also reiterate an understanding of the significance of the key competencies required in today's workplace, such as teamwork, time management, leadership, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Although textbooks, lecture slides and other reference materials, such as journals, etc, are fundamentally vital for success, and significant in aiding our learning on this course, the exercises are paramount in making learning more enjoyable, and I hope that we continue to have such exercises throughout the year. As Confucius says, "I see and I forget, I hear and I remember, I do and I understand.” Departing on this journey to learn management for business excellence will be interesting indeed, and I am sure everyone is excited about taking off and landing safely around this time next year as "blackbelts" in MBE.