A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Team Feedback

Repeat after me, “I am not a P.  I am better than average.  I will not accept the minimum.  I am not a P.”  As Type A’s I’m sure this is a morning mantra we all repeat to ourselves in front of the mirror before we start our days in residency and perhaps say to ourselves before we hit the submit button on the platform.  For most of us however, at some point we will receive the dreaded “P” and for the real over achievers the dreaded “HP”.

I know for me I go through several stages when I don’t perform at the level I have set for myself.  First is the feeling like I am going to puke because I am so disappointed in myself.  Then there is the stage where I bang my forehead on the desk in cries of agony, “Why?  Why Professor Anton?  Why me?  Why my paper?  Whhhhyyyyyyyyyy?????”  Okay, perhaps not that dramatic, but you get the point.  Then I move on to the justification.  “Well apparently he didn’t read my brilliant and excellent analysis of X.  If he truly understood X he would have seen I am the best Y since the dawning of time.  It’s not my fault my brilliance has eclipsed even the sun’s rays.  I will wait for the day the reptilian aliens are defeated and the good aliens take over and show that I am an enlightened one.”  Yes, for that brief egotistical moment I sore on my own flights of grandeur, until the reality that I just received the grade from one of Duke’s number one ranked faculty sets in.    SPLAT!  I am now back on solid ground, where I am left with my humility and a less than optimal grade.  Okay, okay, I suck, I f*ed up, I earned a bad grade.  Now how do I fix it?

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Shanghai, Day 1: The Golden Apron

The residency started off bright and early this morning at 8 a.m. with the CCL class.  While I’ve complained about this class quite loudly in the past, I must say that today’s session was excellent.  After discussing some of the drier, anthropological background of China, we moved on to disputing some of this panel data, and finally to discussing the overall cultural tensions in the region (specifically, Communism vs. Western Democracy).  This is exactly the type of discussion I was hoping for when I came into the CCMBA program, and wish we would’ve had the same opportunity for robust discussion in India.

Bartering in Shanghai

Bartering is a whole lot easier when you speak Mandarin

After CCL, we then moved onto the team-switching & bonding events.  This activity consisted of two parts:  a discussion of the new team dynamics and expectations, and the team building event.  Whereas in London, we had a more physical team building activity, today we instead took the time to learn about Chinese culture by visiting a local Chinese produce market, then taking a cooking class.  With 50 RMB in hand, the team set out around the market to pick up four items:  chicken eggs, asparagus, Cantonese pork, and green onions.  Luckily, we had David on our team, whose Taiwanese background and Mandarin language skills helped us walk out of the market with 20 RMB to spare!

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