Pre-Spring Break Post

Alright all… this is my last post before I head to the Keys for Spring Break.

I didn’t post on Monday… oh well. I didn’t really have anything to write about. As for today, I don’t really have much to write about either, but I do have one thing I want to rant about and that one thing is the Iliad.

First of all, what is the Iliad:

The Iliad is a fictitious publishing company for which you will assume the role of Vice President for one business day. The Iliad is an assessment center designed to test your management skills.

Translated to:

The Iliad is a bunch of crap jammed into a little red book. The only thing it assesses is your ability to waste time on completely useless and non-beneficial activities. In the end, you are not a better manager or leader after attending the Iliad; however, you are turned more against the philosophy of business as a whole.

Suffice it to say that the three hours I spend in this “day” of work was a complete waste of three hours of my time. By being in the class (did I mention this is a class event?), you receive one of three grades for the Iliad — a 95, 85 or 75. The lowest of which is a C. Why did I even bother going to this damned event? Because I’m trying to be a good student and I want to graduate. Those are the only reasons. They sound awfully similar to the reasons why I’m taking Z302 instead of some other business class.

Now, the Iliad has four parts: 1) Meet with a group and make a group decision, 2) Answer questions about a prospective job applicant for the role of CEO for Iliad, 3) Give a three minute speech on where you think Iliad should expand internationally and 4) Complete a series of questions based on “inbasket” memos. The skills that should be garnered from these tasks: Public Speaking, On-your-feet thinking, working effectively in a group and prioritization of action items.

The parts in which the Iliad is successful are:

I wasn’t too happy that I 1) missed the end of the IU Michigan game and 2) wasted three hours of my Saturday.

I’m just glad I haven’t bought the book for this class, because that too would have been a waste of resources.

In other news, I’m feeling better than I was on Friday. For some reason I woke up feeling hung-over when I didn’t have anything to drink the night before and I was plenty hydrated. This lasted a few days and finally completely went away on Monday. I assume it was just some flu/cold bug that has run its course.

I really don’t have much else to write about and it’s about time to go pay the parking meter, so I am going to cut this post off.

The next post will follow my Sea Base trip, so look for that in two Mondays.


The End-of-the-Blog Rundown
Album of the DayHot Fuss — The Killers
Quote of the Day — “I understand liking Jesus, but thanking him for everything?” — Tim A. about a guy who went nuts thanking Jesus for bringing him to the Price is Right and getting him on stage… cause chance didn’t have anything to do with it…
Villain of the Day — Iliad
Current Moodtired — Tired

Until the next post…

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