Traditional university learning sometimes faces scrutiny for focusing too much on theory and memorization and not enough on practical skill development and application. The Part-Time MBA Cohort at SFU Surrey recently undertook a challenging course that redefined that often criticized model, which is characterized by lengthy lectures and cumulative final exams. Instead, we engaged in a simulation based on leadership and teamwork that has subsequently defined my Part-Time MBA experience thus far.
To preserve the value in the course for future participants, I will avoid unveiling any of the details of the simulation. I will however, share that the framework of this course has an effectively clever way of engaging students and bringing realistic, honest reactions to the forefront, for detailed analysis, critique, and hopefully, personal improvement. At the end of each day I found myself mentally exhausted, but eagerly anticipating the next day of relentless activity. From teamwork to leadership skills, organization and time management, I found myself pushed to the limits of my stress threshold with each passing challenge. After three days, this pressure test provided a wealth of content for self-reflection and hopefully, self-improvement.
The uniqueness of this experience exemplifies what I’ve learned from the MBA program so far. While the equations and theories covered in each course are important, the personal development available through interacting with peers and engaging in self-analysis is far more relevant and applicable to developing leaders and managers. This simulation focused directly on how we can each get better, which, as MBA students, is something I believe we are inherently striving for.
Born and raised in Coquitlam, BC, Nick Phillips completed his undergraduate degree in Business at SFU in 2009. Nick has spent the last 4 years working in professional sports marketing, representing multiple local sports teams. When Nick is not working or studying, which doesn’t happen often, he enjoys staying fit and playing hockey.