Contributed By: Ridhima Khurana
It was three weeks into the first term at IIM Bangalore. Five people from different walks of life were having pasta on a lazy Monday afternoon. What they didn’t expect was that this evening would be the start of good relations along with professionals and personal growth.
Created by a random algorithm, groups such as this one have people coming from different states, professional backgrounds, and different contexts of life. Their job is to meet after classes and work on projects. Somehow we don’t realize, but these project groups make up for one of the most essential parts of the IIMB experience.
Working with a bunch of new people can be daunting, and breaking the initial ice is always a task. This is where the pasta comes in. A shared dish and a few shared laughs later, we realize that at the end of the day, most of us are not that different. We’re just a set of determined kids who, outside of their academic lives, are dealing with similar career challenges, personal stress, and cultural shocks.
Project teams teach us a lot, much more than our MPPO classes. We get to build our understanding of group dynamics, leadership, work delegation, and accommodating ideas. But more importantly, we learn how to be vulnerable without any inhibitions about failure or judgment. The shared meals and jokes help you to really listen and understand one another.
As the second term approaches its end, I look back at the various groups that I worked with, and I realize that each one made me better in some way or the other. In the words of our MPPO professor (something I never thought I would quote :P, just kidding!), “As we interact in a group, we’re no longer just a group anymore, we’re a team.” With that, I hope we all get to work with as diverse a set of teams in the following terms.
Ridhima is a student of PGP 2019-2021 batch of IIM Bangalore.