I've been taking an OB-related class this semester, and it's been a great learning experience. Partly, it's good balance with my other class, which is more quantitative. But most especially because as someone who works full-time as a director, I have been able to apply much of it on a day-to-day basis recently. Our prof, Eli, has kept things interesting and at times, inspirational. I've been able to use the strategic and political/cultural lens at work more and see some things I probably wouldn't have seen before.
It's truly been a wild ride looking at how the OB-aspects relate to my current work-life. While I can't go into all the details, it has been a roller-coaster. But to me, it's been invaluable to take new perspectives and see how we can align everyone in an organization (post-acquisition, post-merger, post-change) to "get things done." I'm nowhere near perfect on this, but in my look back, I sometimes wish I had come back to b-school sooner! It would've been easier to balance things certainly. But then again, maybe I'm gaining more because of the situational aspects.
On a separate note, I am still constantly amazed in my other class that some people seem to have a lot of time, energy (and let's not forget brain-power, my fellow Haasketeers) to devote to some really fantastic and detailed quantitative analyses. Really great stuff-- Kudos to them! I find my team working hard to keep up with the Joneses in that class, but maybe we've been too preoccupied with regular work duties recently. C'est la vie.
Lastly, I think I saw my compadre blogger, Sonny, at Henry's (the local bar)-- while on my way out, last Saturday. If so, we have to arrange a post-class bar visit some time! Anyway, until the next round..