My entries became very rare in the last weeks. Our existence in the program is not externally structured any more, but is rather managed by ourselves, who balance ICPs, job search and other things. This part of the program is no less demanding and challenging, but so much different. It is free sailing now. We have all the instruments and resources in our hands, and we move towards our objectives.
I just want to tell about my personal experience with ICP and it doesn’t necessarily reflect opinion even of my teammates. This is, as it has become usual for me at the IMD, “real life, real learning”. You start chasing a goal, you prepare and read on the topic, then, all of a sudden, you discover that your objective has changed, and changed dramatically. What I do in this situation now, is I never draw fast conclusions. I breath… And I see everything from a different perspective: I take initiative and investigate, I dig deeper and try to get internal group alignment. Never think of something as being impossible and clueless.
I am working in a medtech industry, and it has been a second experience for me in this field at the IMD. I am a healthcare professional, but I learn so much about my industry – it is like an ocean of opportunities in business, in professional development, in making change for others. There is still so much unmet need despite all the progress, recently seen in science, technology and quality of life. Looking through the lens of the ICP, I get to know more about my industry and feel reassured that this is MY area.
And, on the other hand, my ICP experience is my last chance to “sign with the wrong hand” and start training new attitudes and skills, that I’ve identified throughout my IMD leadership journey. It is an internal exploration of pushing myself into unknown, but it inspires me to try out more, questioning how far can I go, and how can I improve. Obviously, it is just starting and I give myself a few years ahead to sink all the knowledge and to grow the seeds of my upgraded teamwork style and skills, and leadership. My inner discovery trip is just kicking off.