The one-credit version of the course includes this one assignment. The assignment is focused on recording and reflecting on your leadership experience in the Slush event.
1. Write a short narrative of your leadership role and actions in the Slush event
The first part of the assignment is to write a short description/narrative of your role and action during the event. Try to write it in as neutral and descriptive way as possible. Do not make any judgements or reflections in this part - just describe what happened and how did you act/react/behave. Concentrate on the main leadership moments, your communication, encounters, incidents, flow of events. Try to make a description as rich as possible.
2. Ask and report the feedback from your team members
Interview at least three of your team members or persons you worked closely with during the event. Ask how did they perceive your behaviour and actions as a leader and colleague, and how did they experience working with you. The best way is to meet face to face, but you can also make interviews by phone. If most convenient you can also arrange a group meeting and reflect on the experience in a group. Summarise the main points from the feedback.
3. Summarise and reflect on your leadership experiences from the Slush event and the preparation process as a whole
Assess how well were you able to follow your leadership principles and ideals. In what ways were you able to follow your ideals, and in what ways maybe not? Was there something in your reactions and behaviour that surprised you? What did that tell you about you as a leader? Compare the feedback your team members gave to you to our wish you wrote before the event. How did the reported perceptions and experiences support and fit to your wish? Summarise your key leadership learnings from the event.
4. Improvement ideas for the next year event
Think through your experience and perceptions of the preparation process as a whole and the arrangements of the event itself. What all would have supported you to prepare yourself and your team for the event even better? What would you do differently in your own preparation? What advice would you give to the person taking care next year of the role and task you took care this year?
Title of the document is: Reflections on the Slush Leadership Experience. Write your name and student number on the title page. Use a basic font and a font size (e.g. Calibri, 11 pt), and basic margins (e.g.2,54 all). The format can be .pdf or .docx. Name the document as SLE_essay_"familyname" (for example: SLE_essay_Ylitalo). The course language is English but you can also write your essays in Finnish or Swedish. The essay must be written in full sentences (no bullet points -style). There is no limit for the length of the essay. More reflective you are in your considerations more beneficial the exercise will be for you! Submit your essay to the assignment box below. The deadline of the assignment is 15.1.2019.