It’s week 6 in business school! I still haven’t had any exams but they’re on the horizon. You still can’t ask me if it’s hard or not. For one of my classes, I had to turn in a team paper a few weeks ago and our second team paper is due tomorrow. It’s a pretty interesting experience because I haven’t had to work with a team of all Americans (from the US) in a very long time. I see myself as a great team player who gives everyone enough space to contribute and be creative. I must seem like the hippy to my group because I like to work in sometimes seemingly overly-cooperative way. Its not my natural state but it’s just how I’ve learned to work through my involvement in CISV. It’s not always the fastest method, but it gives everyone an equal share in the group. It reminds me of this article from BusinessInsider.com “Communication Charts Across the World“.
Here’s the American communication style and the Swedish style (click to see detail):
I find my style to be some combination of the American and Swedish styles. If you look at all the charts on the site, the Swedish one is the only one with the curly-Q in the middle in order to build consensus. I definitely do that. I don’t have a problem talking for a while in order to find the best solution for the group. If there are more stressing time constraints, I’m more likely to want to go with the more American way of putting all your cards on the table.
I’ve been part of some pretty cool events in the last month. I completed Tough Mudder, joined my sister at the MuckFest for MS mud run, volunteered at a Peace Day event, and went downhill mountain biking. See the pictures below!
Below: Me getting pulled up Everest. At this point in the race, my calves were shot so I really needed the help to get up.
The following weekend my sister ran another mud run called Muckfest MS. Its definitely more fun than Tough Mudder. There are 16 obstacles in 5k! Last year it was a 5 mile run but apparently during the backwoods section someone saw a bear. They shortened it this year. Alex ran it like a pro with two other friends of ours. We had sweet tie-dye shirts from our team Amazed by Amanda which is in honor of our long-time friend Amanda who was diagnosed with MS during college. I wish I had participated but its an expensive race if you sign up late and I wasn’t sure what my body would feel like after Tough Mudder. I was happy to run along the course to take pictures and support my sister.
September has been a busy month between work, school, and social events. Of course, the busier I am, the more I’m getting done. I even managed to get the new iPhone 6 in less than an hour without pre-ordering it!