Feb 09, 2011: Its 3 a.m. and I am staring at the assignment due in 4 hours. It all pretty much comes down to the type of person that I am-i.e. an owl and not a lark. The assignment due is for the current course ‘Negotiation’ and I probably should save this as a draft and get back to Ms-Word. Its interesting how much of knowledge there is in our world and how much of academic research is being done on topics that I would previously never have thought of as ‘academia-oriented’. Term2 is majorly focusing on all the intangibles; people skills, active listening, empathy, assertiveness, letting go, respect- the simple things of life. The Professor mentioned today that ‘Silence is a powerful weapon in a negotiation’; I, for one could use it a lot more; haha. The course basically covers a set of tools and principles that we could use in negotiation. All of us have been negotiating ever since we were born; you know, the days of ‘Can I stay out an hour more?’, ‘Can I please get next month’s allowance in advance?’, ‘Honey, is it OK if we watch a movie instead of a play?’. You get the drift. This course focuses on the simple processes that we could adopt to make the apparently simple art of negotiation a lot more structured and focussed.
Feb 11, 2011- Its 6.15 p.m. and the view from my window just went from gorgeous-orange-sunset to cloudy-dusky-night. All in the space of a couple of minutes. Sigh! Anyways, today was Day5 of the Negotiation course; the 5th in the series of 1-week courses this Term. Unbelievable! We are now through with more than 50% of the 20 subjects for the year and I do,do feel that I now know a lot more than 5 months back. As for next week, some of us have opted to take European Business Law. As for me, I start with Supply Chain Operations the week after and am looking forward to a quiet next week – chilling most of the time, getting some preparation done for the job-hunt in a few months, practicing my German, reading up on a long list of books and maybe a couple of trips around. Here then, is to a quiet week of self-reflection! 🙂
Before I sign off, I wish those of you applying for MBS all the very best!