I know I should not admit this, but I have wanted to slap a lot of my students up-side-the-head during my teaching career. There have been many catalysts for this desire, but a common one is a student opining thusly: “Well, if you want to get X done, you just have to walk into the CXO’s office and say ….”
Most of my students who have laid out such a course of action were in their 20s; they were not going to be walking into any CXO’s office anytime soon. But after months of business school case studies that that asked them to make CEO-level decisions for a company, they seemed to believe this is the way business life works … even for new graduates.
And the worst part is that professors let them get away with it. Because most professors (even business school professors) have never spent a day in a company job in their lives … and even if they did early in their careers, either have forgotten how it works or never had a positions where they really needed to learn how to act on the job. Yet they teach business.
In our Interactive Learning eXperiences (I-L-X) if a student says something stupid to any co-worker, they may get a response like:
So, students have to figure out who they might realistically be able to contact and how to talk to them and, most importantly, how to prepare before walking into a meeting; all of the organizational, power-structure, and communication contexts that a young employee really should know before they graduate with a business degree.