Saturday, June 21, 2008

Day 10. June 15, 2008

Day 10. June 15, 2008

We began the day with feedback from our Participants on what’s going well with Accelerator, and where are the opportunities for improvement. In order to lead by example, it’s important to set a proper example in knowing how to accept and appreciate candid feedback (an important hallmark of our program).

Things That Are Going Well: Professor availability, Networking, Coach availability (my coach), Variation in projects, Speakers, Classes, Sweet prizes, Professionalism of staff, Team experience, Focus on each individual, Well-run curriculum, Prepared & organized, Support for everyone is evident, Feedback process, Learning from mistakes, Team continuity, Surprises – schedule, Classes assume everyone equal, Rotating team roles, Food, Fun thrown in, Coaching guiding us – not trying to do our project for us, Staff is “First in and Last out” – that impresses me, You all “Lead by Example”.

Areas for Improvement: More “free time,” Exercise time, teach me more time management skills, the rooms are too cold.

At 1:00 PM, Professor Franklin ran a studio on Innovation – focusing the teams on our deliverables for Caterpillar Financial. After his session, the teams began working on their Caterpillar projects at 2:30 PM – moving through the FOCUS model for data analysis and client recommendations.

At 4:30 PM, Professor Kevin Clark ran a studio on Personal Finance – managing money, building personal budgets and investment concepts.

At 6:00 PM, our teams took their dinner into the Averbuch Auditorium to meet with the leadership team of the Nashville office of the William Morris Agency for our project: Paul Moore, Sue Ann Cordell, Kristy Reeves, Jonathan Insogna, and Nathan Towne. The WMA team provided us a great overview of the William Morris Agency and how the firm interacts with the various record labels and artists. Tomorrow, our teams will meet the two artists and launch their projects.

We signed off and ended the day at 9:00 PM.

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