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A good leader knows how to follow, and the best teachers make great students. Welcome to "Team Fuqua."

Structure

To simulate today's corporate environment, we divide the student body in half, and then create smaller groups of 5 - 6 students—this is your new team. Hand-picked to maximize your potential for career success and personal growth, each team member has a different life and academic background. Crafted to both challenge and inspire you, our cohort-based model adds an additional level of education, enhancing your academic experience.

Leadership & Team Skills

Since much of your coursework is done collaboratively, you'll have to trust and depend on your teammates. As one part of a whole, you will develop leadership skills and learn how to work as a supportive member of a team, while benefiting from diverse talents, abilities, and perspectives. You'll get a taste of real-world interpersonal and team dynamics as you learn to navigate the challenges around working with different personalities, work styles, and expectations. By the end of the program, you'll motivate group members and constructively solve team conflict—two critical skills for a successful career in business.

  • Team work is essential to the MMS program, and team building starts at orientation with a day at the Triangle Training Center. Team work is essential to the MMS program, and team building starts at orientation with a day at the Triangle Training Center.
  • Students build trust as they carefully maneuver each other through spaces in the spider web. Students build trust as they carefully maneuver each other through spaces in the spider web.
  • With fingers on the rod at all times, coordination and communication are key to the synchronization needed to successfully lower the rod to the ground. With fingers on the rod at all times, coordination and communication are key to the synchronization needed to successfully lower the rod to the ground.
  • Every student climbs over the wall, with a boost and a hand from others. Every student climbs over the wall, with a boost and a hand from others.
  • Raised arms are ready to catch students in case they fall – it’s good to know that the entire class is behind you. Raised arms are ready to catch students in case they fall – it’s good to know that the entire class is behind you.
  • Safety is never compromised – students wear protective gear to make their way across the ropes course – and your teammate is just a step away. Safety is never compromised – students wear protective gear to make their way across the ropes course – and your teammate is just a step away.
  • Students depend on each other to successfully navigate the “high wire.” Students depend on each other to successfully navigate the “high wire.”
  • Students carefully hold guide wires to support their classmates on the ropes. Students carefully hold guide wires to support their classmates on the ropes.
  • Some uncertainty is normal when trying something new – depend on your teammates to get you through. Some uncertainty is normal when trying something new – depend on your teammates to get you through.
  • Students line up based on the month and date of their birthdates, without speaking – prepping their non-verbal communications skills for the next activity. Students line up based on the month and date of their birthdates, without speaking – prepping their non-verbal communications skills for the next activity.
  • Leadership is a part of team work, and learning how to lead through effective communication and trust is a lifelong skill. Leadership is a part of team work, and learning how to lead through effective communication and trust is a lifelong skill.
  • Students carefully lead their blindfolded partner through an obstacle course without speaking. Students carefully lead their blindfolded partner through an obstacle course without speaking.

Sections & Teams Slideshow

Teambuilding

Teams and sections are assigned at the beginning of the program, and we provide a framework for group success with several days of orientation dedicated to teambuilding. You will develop a team charter to guide how your group operates. You will also participate in various team-building activities to not only learn how to effectively work with your classmates, but to also learn about your own strengths and weaknesses in leading a team. Specific team-building activities include spending a day at a ropes course where you will participate in experiential learning activities to develop problem solving and communication skills. And, during the Duke Basketball Experience, you will work directly with the highly-respected Duke coaching staff to learn about team dynamics and leadership on high performing teams.

Reshuffle

At the start of Spring Term 1, you will be assigned to a new section and team. You will work together for the remainder of the program, which will further enhance your academic experience and allow you to interact with more classmates. 

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Monica T. says:
Once a member of Team Fuqua always a member of Team Fuqua. The network you build while at The Fuqua School of Business will prove invaluable in your career.