In applying for the Full Time MBA at UCD I was informed that there would be a considerable amount of group work throughout the course. I was nonetheless unprepared for the extent to which individual success is dependent on group success. As groups, we sink or swim.

Add to this the fact that that the typical MBA student is seeking to enhance their leadership skills. How does a group function with 5 leaders? The term “herding cats” comes to mind.

I suspect that my group will be informally refining our team charter until its final days. There is a need for constant re-balancing of personal vs. group ambition, of time management and of the division of responsibilities.

Without such a dialogue, our chances of MBA survival and intact friendships match those of a snowball in hell.

Niall Ó Muiré

FTMBA 2013-14