A lot of my you who read my blog loyally may have a lot of opinions about me. But let me share with you what others think of me. And all I can say is that I’m not really sure whether I should cheer or weep on what people are talking about me. These words are:
After 6 months in the full-time MBA program, everyone already has a pretty good idea on each other’s competencies, personalities, traits and habits. The above is mine.
And whereas in the United States, the above may actually be good things to be associated with, in my program, it puts me at the very end of the curve. During voluntary group formations, it does actually put me as an disadvantage. Some people don’t want to be grouped with me and of course, the knowledge of this hurts me.
Here’s one example on how bad I can be and why people avoid me for group formations.
This week, our group met for the very first time last Monday. The group was made voluntarily of six people all of whom have very weak knowledge of the subject at hand (of course, otherwise, we wouldn’t take the class, right?).
At the meeting, everyone was tasked of picking five stocks out of the 30 listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. These consist of some of the more boring, stable companies in the United States inclusive of P&G, McDonalds, Chevron, Exxon Mobile and the likes.
One groupmate who arrived late because he had class had this stock to suggest: “Google,” he said.
The rest of the team laughed nervously. “Ummm… that’s actually part of the NASDAQ.”
“Oh really?” he said surprised, oblivious to the fact that he was just saying goobly-dook and never even checked on what the assignment is all about. “Then let’s pick Apple.”
“Ummm… Apple is ALSO part of the NASDAQ,” one groupmate answered.
The man didn’t even read the homework much less did work on it. Unfortunately, given this is a voluntary group, I had a talk with him on this. “Look, you have to be prepared before going to these meetings,” was my message.
His excuse: “But the others aren’t prepared. When I went to my Strategic Management meeting, none of us read our case even.”
His complaint: “Why are you picking on me?”
What. the. hell.
Dude, the man didn’t even do his homework, came prepared and just said something totally random that’s not even part of the homework. And we’re to be pleased?
Am sorry but the days of just latching on to a group’s effort is over. There are no free riders in the house.
Hence, my reputation about me being un-chill spread today.
What. the. hell.
Seriously people, I don’t really care if you don’t know the answer so long as you admit it. There’s no shame in saying that you were too busy so was unable to keep up with the schoolwork but will do better next time. But seriously, if the assignment is about picking a fast food company, you don’t turnaround and suggest companies like Amazon or Netflix.
That just means that you’re lazy, didn’t even bother to find out what’s been asked, or just a slacker.
Some people have told me that I should count my lucky stars that he’s even in the meeting. Trader mentions that it’s in inefficiencies that people profit and there are no downsides in telling people what they should and should not do.
“We’re all adults here,” he advised. “Let him do whatever he wants.”
Sigh, on hindsight, my smart boyfriend is right. But it’s part of my nature to see such idiocyncracies continue within the group. It’s unproductive, wrong and unfair for us to waste our time from someone who’s completely clueless in what’s going on.
People who are concerned had asked me about this rumor. Of course, they have worked with me previously and want to get news from the source. Ironically, those who have worked with me before have many good things to say about me such as:
And was wondering why the hell people were starting to talk again.
Unfortunately, I’d have to tell the story all over again, which doesn’t hurt me but hurts the receiver more because it highlights his unpreparedness for the meeting.
I wish people would just shut up about it. I don’t think it’s really a rampant rumor but hopefully, if people have heard something, they can come straight to me direct.
MBAs are truly overrated.
I have met a lot of very very good people in my program, but have also met people that make you scratch your head with wonder and say, “How the hell did they even survive in their jobs without getting fired?”
Though there are tons of people I would hire from our program, there are also a lot of people I wouldn’t hire. Which is a bit of a pity because they’re really good in bullshitting but that’s it. Everything else is just shit.
Sorry, am upset as you may know. But what are you going to do if you were me?
I’d be fine after a good night’s sleep.