October 06, 2008

first team meeting

Today is the first day of CBE study. Paul gave us an introduction of CBE and then an old video of BBC called "Deming Circle" followed by some discussions. We got 8 key points of the video and also we have so many to learn from this famous person. But till now, I only know quite a little of him and his Deming theory, so I don't want to give much comment on it. After the study of the whole module, I will talk more.

After the course, we have a team discussion of our 6 team projects, talking about the leader, the secretay, ourselves, and as well what kind of things we should prepare before the next meeting. As we have 6 projects and 7 members, almost each of us can have a chance to be a leader. However, different from the power-leader in real society, most of us think that the leader of our team is more like an organizer. He/She has to organize the time, to organize each of us to choose a favorite part and to organize some of us to put them together and also organize us to vote for someone to give a presentation stand for the whole team. Maybe this kind of leader has less power, but it must be a good practice of finding others' advantages and making the best use of what you already have and get the best outcome, which, in my opinion, is also an essential part of being a leader.

We also knew each other more this afternoon. I am under a lot of pressure because all my team members are good at English. Three of them have been abroad for 6 to 12 years. Besides, Lila has an English-speaking mother so she take English maybe as the second mother language. The same situation to Gilbert, for he was grown in HongKong, where I think English is an official language. Toon just came to the UK for less than two months, the same with me, but she has three years' working experience in some famous multinational companies such as IBM, so she also does well in English. I  really have too much to be improved and undoubtly, with those guys, I can learn quite a lot.

Well, during the self-introduction part, Louis asked me why I was so good at maths. As Apollo said that most Chinese students do well in maths. Besides, I'm just quite sensitive to the numbers and such sort of maths things, and I had won the first prize of China's national mathematics competition in middle school. Each of us has our own advantages like you are so good at English writing, and I think maybe the maths and logistic things are my advantages. So don't be surprise if next time I work out things faster than you. We just know our self-value and make it used to our team, we will be a great union, right?

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  1. I haven’t got chance talk to you. But I felt the same with you.As it’s my first month in UK as well. We all have so much to learn here. And I wish we could go though the difficilties as as possible! Let’s make it possible! BTW,Math is my nightmare though I have not took math exams after my 18’s. I wish I could learn math from you.”the first prize of China’s national mathematics competition in middle school” oh my godness!!!

    11 Oct 2008, 00:51

  2. Paul Roberts

    Another good post Ally. The leadership that you will experience in the Management for Business Excellence masters is based on personal power rather than positional power. That is you will lead by influencing others rather than forcing them to do what you want them to do because of your position. The course will give you many opportunities to develop your leadership capability in a safe environment and you are absolutely right when you write that this will help you to understand people’s strengths and create the best outcome.

    By the way, do not be concerned about your English. From speaking to you and reading your blog, you have nothing to worry about.

    16 Oct 2008, 09:35

  3. fishing tackle

    Good Post

    08 Jan 2009, 11:04

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