Day 8…like all good things, the residency had to come to an end. But before we could all return home, there was that pesky problem of the last day of classes!
After my well-documented illness, I was not part of the party that went out clubbing the night before. Quite a few people left at midnight to go out to an ‘ultralounge’. I’m too old for that level of partying…I can barely stay awake past 9:15 p.m. when I’m at home. Must’ve been a great time though…I heard rumors of spending many thousands of rupees (per person!), and CCL in my section was quite lightly attended the next morning at 8 a.m.
The highlight for me for that CCL class had to be Francois walking up right before class started and taking a seat in the front row, almost defiantly. As I commented “That’s bold!”, Francois responded with a “That’s strong!” I stand corrected.
Other than that, the final class day was relatively uneventful. We “Looked Ahead” to the Shanghai residency, talking about a few of the known details. Apparently, that wasn’t ‘far enough’ ahead, as some felt the need to discuss the Russian visa requirements as well. One at a time guys, one at a time! Then, section 1 had Marketing to finish the day, and by 4:15 p.m. another residency was over.
Usually, on the last day after class each team is supposed to do a “Cultural Touchstone” event, which really isn’t an “event” in the literal sense. Rather, each team is supposed to film “what we would’ve done anyway”, according the the CCL syllabus/slides. Hmmm. I can’t speak for the other teams, but after the London residency, what our team does is go our separate ways…and as far as I know, no one is shooting video individually.
While this choice doesn’t help us complete the assignment, I think the tacit “no filming” rule taken by our team (and I suspect, numerous other teams) is probably an overall good idea. After the intensity of the Accounting exam to end the London residency, nearly the entire class went straight to the closest bar to blow off some steam. After Dubai, several dozen of us went to the beach. And after the Delhi residency, I went out to Cafe Morrison with Naveen, and then to dinner (which I’ll be writing about in a separate post). When I become CEO, I’ll feel relieved that I won’t need to worry about videos of my (admittedly, excellent) beach body critiqued on the Internet!
It will certainly be interesting to see how other teams will complete the CCL assignment, as I’m not sure how our team will…