Invaluable lessons from Paul Bulcke, Nestlé’s CEO

As Kunal beautifully described in his latest post, life after the exams has been inspiring in many levels!

I find myself in a state where I don’t want time to go by so fast…every day brings new possibilities, ideas and opportunities to use the learnings we had on the first part of the program. The city of Lausanne feels like home now and the IMD family is closer and closer.

All 90 of us are here as a result of so many different stories! We of course want different things out of each subject and have different interests and priorities… That is why when I look around and see all 90 of us completely hypnotized by a speaker, it means we’re living a special moment.

That’s what happened last Thursday with the special visit of Nestlé’s CEO, Paul Bulcke!

It was a night to remember. He was super accessible and down to earth,  and truly created an atmosphere of closeness with our class.

There were so many pearls of wisdom.

To me the most insightful ones were:

Don’t imagine your career as the final destination. Make the decisions today on what you know today. Things are always changing.

  • Never work for your boss. Work for your team.
  • If you have no interests outside your job, you are in trouble.
  • What needs to be done, only gets done by doing.
  • Practice dettached involvement. (Be present and part of the situation but be also able to look at it from a distance)
  • The world is a place full of intelligent people but lacks wisdom.
  • When you have all the answers, that’s management. When you don’t have all the answers, that’s leadership.

And the ultimate lesson to me was given by example. He was asked some difficult questions in delicate subjects such as GMOs and water resources, and the way he openly yet firmly responded them was utmost inspiring.

Another unforgettable moment in the incredibly unique experience that is the IMD journey.