“You have to understand cultures and be aware of nuances of those cultures. Being able to do that through school, in a safe environment … is the best training ground to try new approaches, take some risks and learn.”
Sometimes it is hard to share bad news, but this news could ultimately turn good in the long run. That was what Carlos Castillo ‘15 shared during a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, with an electronic payments company looking to grow its reach.
The meeting was a culmination of his Global Lab course, where he and his classmates worked one-on-one with an international company to help solve a pressing business or management challenge.
Castillo and his team were tasked with analyzing a new market entry strategy that would require the company to work with a strategic partner in South America.
Two companies. Two continents. Two languages. Two cultures.
Castillo had to overcome those differences and determine whether the partnership was right for the Indonesian company. Ultimately, he and his classmates decided it was not the right solution.
“Sometimes you have to deliver bad news, so that was a learning experience for us,” Castillo says. “The client was very happy we were able to bring a new perspective and the data to back up our recommendation.”
Castillo had a different type of educational experience in Risk Lab as he worked with entrepreneurs in Cuba to evaluate where to invest within the country to maximize the likelihood of success.
It was these types of global experiential learning opportunities that he craved when he took a year off from consulting at Deloitte and enrolled in Kellogg’s One-Year MBA program.
“Those classes were opportunities to understand how to succeed in a global setting,” Castillo says. “You have to understand cultures and be aware of nuances of those cultures. Being able to do that through school, in a safe environment, where your job is not on the line, I think is the best training ground to try new approaches, take some risks and learn.”