Friday, October 27, 2006
The Michigan Football road trips don't end after graduation
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Obviously, some professionals must work cohesively in teams more so than others. For example, marketing professionals are often faced with the task of coming up with campaigns that have mass appeal. Would you be confident in only one person's ideas to figure out how to promote and sell the new Sony PS3? It takes a diversity of ideas from many group members to come up with the best, and sometimes worst, proposals and concepts in the creation of marketing initiatives. In fact, the focus groups and surveys that we often participate in for company evaluations or product feedback are essentially a method of bringing the general public into the realm of a company or product's team. Think about how many teams you already are a part of without actually realizing it! Your Math 116 team and IM broomball team are some notable ones, but are you conscious of the fact that you are also part of a team of roommates, a team of Notre Dame haters, and/or a team of Dance Marathon moralers?
Generally speaking, the entire business world is split into teams that come together to form an overall company of products and services. Those teams can be further subdivided into even smaller team classifications. For example, my company could be viewed as one huge 360,000 member team - Citigroup, Inc. It could also be seen as a group of four major business teams: Global Consumer Group (GCG), Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB), Global Wealth Management (GWM), and Alternative Investments. Then, the CIB can be broken down further into divisional teams such as Investment Banking Division, Global Capital Markets, Finance, GTS, Operations & Technology, etc. And so on, and so on.
In my relatively short three-year work experience, I would have to say that my job is extremely team-based in principle, but not so much in interaction. In other words, I have my individual tasks every day, but as part of a multiple-product trading desk, I need the reports of my co-workers in order to produce the total FX-related P&L for the Emerging Markets Sales and Trading group. Why? Well, think of FX as the team and each FX product as a team member. Thus, in order to report consolidated daily FX P&L, I need the FX Options P&L, FX Swaps P&L, FX Spot & Forward P&L, FX Futures P&L, FX Securities P&L, and FX Interest Rate Options P&L. I am responsible for the FX Spot & Forward P&L, and ultimately the consolidated daily FX P&L. Without the inputs from my team members, I would only have one piece of the puzzle.
Well, that's all for now on the teamwork topic. I have some emails from readers keeping me busy still, so I need to attend to those. Hopefully, I can get some pictures up on here from a successful road trip to Penn State.
M Go Blue. Beat Northwestern
Monday, October 09, 2006
The Weekly Michigan Reunion (of sorts)
- B-School classmate 'A' ('03) that I knew through another b-school classmate 'B' ('03), who I knew freshmen year because my roommate ('03) flew back to AA for winter semester and sat next to her (B) on the plane, and who (A) now works at a major financial services firm in New York
- Psych Honors program grad ('04) that I met during Greek Week 2003, who I used to see on a weekly basis before I decided I don't really like PACC, who is now a Ph.D. student in New York
- Michigan LSA grad ('02) and Law School grad ('05) that I met at fraternity rush years ago, who I didn't see again until senior year at a mutual friend's party, that I didn't see for another few years again until I found out he was dating aforementioned Psych Honors program grad above
- Michigan LSA grad ('03) who went on the Salamanca summer study abroad program with my roommate in 2001, and who works in real estate in New Jersey (I think)
- B-school classmate ('03) who I met at b-school orientation and saw sporadically since then, but not in over a year, who will be starting a new job in NYC later this month
- LSA grad ('05) that I met at a club meeting at U of M through her two friends that I drove from Ann Arbor to Florida with for spring break 2002, who coincidentally turns out to be one of my dodgeball team (!) teammates through another mutual Michigan friend
- 2001 grad that I never knew while at U of M, but who enjoyed the fact that I had some choice words for the University of Southern California, or U$C (they co-habitate PACC as their sports bar as well), who graduated law school in the spring and now works for "the good guys" in what I presume is the public law field
I will not claim that what I just wrote is coherent. But, I sort of wrote those descriptions of my encounters in the same language that I would speak about them as if you were standing right here next to me in order to emphasize the randomness of how I met some of my friends while at Michigan. Wouldn't you say that you have similar stories about meeting your Michigan friends?
Anyway, if you find yourself in New York during football season, drop by PACC and you might just find yourself reuniting with old friends and acquaintances that you walked through the fountain with at orientation or met at your first Detroit Project mass meeting. Heck, if you knew Amani Toomer, you might get lucky and see him at PACC watching his old team play.
Well, I am heading to State College, PA this weekend to see the Michigan-Penn State game in Beaver Stadium. I have no doubt that I will see some familiar faces at the game, and I will spend a lot of time figuring out how I met them while we were all students at U of M. Reunions are the best...you know, like the Real World San Diego reunion.
M Go Blue. Beat Penn State.