This type of cutting edge, "outside the box" class will continue to advance
Kenan-Flagler among the nation's business school elite. Greg's unique approach proved
successful in stimulating and developing new communication skills sets for many of us.
There are several take-outs of the course. First of all, I learned how to laugh of myself and
not feel embarrassed about everything I do. The second and the most important to me was to
learn that I cannot control everything that is going on around in my life, and if I have to
deal with ambiguity that is OK. Third, I learned that not all the people look at us and see
what we think they see. We have an impression of ourselves and believe that all the people
have the same impression. However, every person looks at us in a different way and that is
also OK. Finally, I learned to push my limits further, try to be more creative and relaxed
about small risks that do not mean failures.
A lot of what allows me to overcome a lot of difficult situations nowadays comes from having
attended your classes. It wasn't so much the activities or methods, but the very basic mindset
that what's the worst that can happen to you if you screw up. A lot of us put of lot of
pressure on ourselves, thinking people are trying to fault us with every mistake that we make,
but more often than not, mistakes are very easily forgotten, and forgiven, more so by others
than by ourselves. I like this change; I've been not afraid to say things that I would
hesitate previously, and find myself talking to people more easily than I thought possible.
My attitude towards work, people, and relationships have since changed, and it's definitely
for the better. For example, I've become more a more patient person, and am a better listener.
One recurring theme in the class was the importance of taking risks, letting go of the
inhibition and the fear of doing something wrong or stupid in the eyes of our peers. I was
pleased to see the progress of some of my classmates that I know can be exceptionally shy or
This entire class has been about us learning to be more spontaneous, confident in our
abilitiesyet non-judgmental of themto "go with the flow" sometimes, and
to be aware of what we are doing and how others might perceive our actions-no matter how subtle
those actions might be.
Very often, we hear people arguing about something and at the end they say: "we are
talking about the same thing." If these people's conversation can start with the "yes
and" mentality, perhaps the argument will be avoided at the first place. With "yes
and" mentality, I imagine that the conversation will emphasize on the common grounds of
the two parties' opinions. At the end, the difference will naturally come out and both parties
are happy to accept the difference.
The relationships that have been built as a result of this class are invaluable and will remain
far beyond the days that I can recite the Black-Scholes formula.