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LESSONS FROM GROUP PRESENTATION – MY LBS EXPERIENCE

Most Africans are born into large families, which encourages interaction when their children leave their loved ones to begin their lives. Children in a large family, including twins, have distinct personalities. History teaches us that, while our fates differ, our individuality shines brighter when we share it with others or use it to help others.

I had no idea what was in store for me when I decided to pursue an Executive MBA at Lagos Business School. As the brush-up classes came to an end, I wondered if this was all about the prestigious Lagos Business School. The intensive week was then eased into. Believe me when I say that the week is always jam-packed with nonstop activities. It’s not a joke, believe me.

The group presentation was also no laughing matter. We had to first learn to be patient and tolerant of one another. This was due to the fact that various temperaments stood out, or should I say, came to life. The dominants, autocrats, strong-willed, and passive people were constantly at odds. Everyone had a point of view. I’d say agree to disagree. We’re still getting to know each other. However, it improves with each intensive week.

Second, we had a single goal, aim, or objective: make a good presentation and earn a good grade for the group at the end of the day. This process allowed us to showcase our diverse skills while also teaching us that we could learn a lot from one another.

While everyone has a unique skill, some may require pressure to identify their skill. Others, on the other hand, can be easily identified by their activities. When these abilities are combined, the result is always greater.

Furthermore, we discover new skills and strengths that we were unaware of or that would not have surfaced if the opportunity had not presented itself. Some people find it difficult to seek assistance. Being in a group humbles you and teaches you that you are not alone. If my colleague can do it, I certainly can.

Moreover, we discover new skills and strengths that we were unaware of or would not have discovered if the opportunity had not presented itself. Some people find it difficult to ask for help. Being in a group humbles you and helps you accept the fact that you are not alone. If my colleague can do it, so can I.

An important and noteworthy lesson is that mistakes/errors will occur. We must learn to swallow our pride, apologize, learn from our mistakes, and move forward without hesitation. Nobody is an island unto himself. Hmm, I remember reading somewhere that there is no Professor Joel, who believes that what he does not know does not count as knowledge. We continue to learn.

As we count down to exams and the next intensive week classes, I look forward the usual face to face interactions. We seem to have bonded better thanks to weekly virtual meetings. Hopefully, the stormy days are over. I shall be back to tell you how it went.

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