Tip of the Iceberg – Communication and Collaboration Reflection

The Tip of the Iceberg simulation put us through two different scenarios. In the first one, we were tasked with deciding where to sell solar-powered speakers and then convincing venture capitalists to invest in them. In the second simulation, we were tasked with developing a plan for providing clean drinking water to a city in…

Reflection on Leadership from a Global Context

In today’s world, leaders frequently need to think beyond the borders of their own country. Globalization has brought the world closer together and has made interacting globally a fundamental part of most industries. To me, leading in collaborative or competitive global endeavors is how we can define leadership in a global context. Yet, in order…

Reflection and Insights on Change Management

Rome wasn’t built in a day. The old saying has become somewhat of a clichĂ© recently, but I think it still offers valuable insight when looking at managing change. Simulation 3 on ‘Change Management – Power and Influence’ demonstrated the time and effort that it takes to make meaningful change within an organization. Creating effective…

‘Patient Zero’ Simulation – A Reflection on Active Leadership

The Patient Zero simulation thrust us into an ongoing zombie outbreak. We as a class represented the members of a decision-making governing body whose decisions directly impacted our nation’s handling of the outbreak. Over the course of the simulation, we were faced with five critical decisions. Of these five decisions, the simulation did its best…

‘Judgement in Crisis’ – Reflecting on Lessons Learned

The Judgement in Crisis simulation thrust us into the product manager’s position at Mannerhorn Health, during a crisis involving the company’s newly released premiere medical device, the Glucogauge. The Glucogauge is a device used to measure blood glucose levels in patients. Yet, quickly after its release, accuracy problems began to get reported about the device….

Reflections on the Meaning of Leadership

When I think about leadership, I think about results. I look at challenges that I have faced in the past, and then at the people to made overcoming those challenges possible. Sometimes, it was one person, a singular leader, that organized an effort to overcome a challenge. In other instances, people shared the responsibility. The…

My Personal Overview – LIGC

My name is Alex Tews, and I am currently a Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. As of right now, I’m just a student in the business school who hasn’t yet picked his area of focus. Yet, I expect this to change in the coming year when I will likely elect to pursue a degree…