A day after proclaiming the end of winter and the melting of the last piles of snow, the weather strikes back:
Aside from just complaining, I’ll add a quick story: a club I help lead hosted a fantastic luncheon today with a company executive. I’m completely sold on the idea — presentations are often tediously boring, and there are typically fewer than 10 people in each that are truly engaged and interested, anyway. The opportunity cost (and risk) are also high — do you really want to take an hour away in the afternoon for a potentially useless presentation? This is why you’ll see about half of the audience walk out in the middle of these things!
A luncheon solves each of these problems. You only have the most interested participants, you give them an environment where they can interact one-on-one, you offer a higher quality interaction to the presenters, and you take care of it all during a time when everyone’s already on campus!
Here’s the catch: career services bans all club events before 3pm. Why? I guess it’s to prevent conflicts with classes. Small group lunches walk a fine line here. Are they “official” club events? Well, if they’re invite only… maybe not. It’s a tricky issue, but I think we’ll keep hosting them as long as the benefits seem to accrue to all parties. It’s probably something we should discuss with them at some point, but I’m a bit concerned the answer might be a “our policy is no” rather than consideration of the actual impacts. HBS has a lot of rigid policies…