It was a warm afternoon under strong sunshine in Seoul where KIT members from Taiwan and Indonesia gathered at the Centermark Hotel just the neighborhood of Insa-dong waiting for an arranged bus to go for KAIST University. Some members arranged the first face-to-face meeting with their teams, consisting of members from Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, before the program would officially start while some planned to firstly meet all members at KAIST. Each team was consisted of two members from each country. Surely, this was the first challenge on how we could manage this cross-cultural team and go for the same target together in the incoming one full week. Making this consulting experience more colorful, the organizer planned to have two teams competing for the same projects. This year we had three projects from Samsung, CJ CGV and Fubon Hyundai, which are all big local companies in Korea, for 36 members (6 members for each team, and 2 teams for each project). The projects themselves were very challenged and all companies’ expectations were high.
Right after arriving at KAIST, Prof. Betty Chung and all KAIST’s members warmly welcomed us to the main lecture hall and the meeting area, where everyone started introducing themselves to new friends spreading out delighted and cheerful atmosphere to every corner.
Then Jae Choi, Executive Vice President of Doosan Corporation and a former Partner at McKinsey & Company, started his special lecture on Design Thinking, one of his great series of lectures during the program including McKinsey’s 7-Steps to Problem Solving lecture given during April before we came to Seoul.
We finally ended up the first day with fun by exchanging our gifts from different countries.