Satoshi and new challenges

 

“The Room of Spirit and Time” is the room where warriors have unique training and refine their spirits. This room is depicted in the Japanese animation, Dragon Ball. One day in this room equals one year in the real world. It is how one Japanese alumnus described IMD to me and now I know exactly what he meant. Exactly!

Although I am surprised about how tough program is, I have also come to realize that I am very happy to work with my classmates. Life at IMD is tough, but alumni I speak to always tell me they would go back to IMD if they could. And I am already assured that my experience here will be one of the best highlights in my life. This is all about people. Surrounded by the right people in the right place. I can’t wait to see where else this adventurous journey takes me.

Before coming to IMD, I spent ten years in agricultural commodity trading in Japan and Singapore covering markets in Japan and Southeast Asian countries. As a trader, I travelled to more than ten countries including USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I have always been happy to visit new places and meet new people.

I love team sports such as baseball and volleyball but due to current time constraints, I have started training for a marathon, bike and swimming. I would like to train and join a triathlon competition in Switzerland if time allows. (if…)

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Saba advocates healthcare access for all

“You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose”
Dr. Seuss

I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I became familiar with his books when I was a little girl, listening to the iconic stories about imaginative characters that got my mind going. As an adult, I have come to appreciate the whimsical language and the poignant and inspirational messages that transcend through those glossy, colorful pages.

My name is Saba Yasini and I am an Iranian American, born in Tehran, Iran and raised in sunny California. I have a knack for putting myself in and adapting to unfamiliar situations, which is what initially brought me to where I am today: at IMD in Switzerland.

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For the past seven years, I’ve been working as a contracts negotiator managing international contracts at various pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Two years ago, I moved to Switzerland to take on a job assignment at Intuitive Surgical, a surgical robotic company, to create a contracts management infrastructure. As a big advocate of “healthcare access for all”, I would like to focus my future efforts on market entry and redefining risks factors determining such decisions and I hope IMD will equip me with the knowledge and skills to pursue these goals.

How does success look like to me?

Success for me is more of a path paved with lots of learning and self- exploration than a destination. Post IMD graduation, I’m confident I will be able to apply these learnings in a career that will simultaneously reward and challenge me… And will I succeed? In words of Dr. Seuss: “Yes you will indeed! 98 ¾ percent guaranteed.”

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Breakfast Buffet

Week 5 of the program just finished. We are all past the stage of polite introductions, acknowledgements and acquaintance. Everyone now has relatable experiences to bind them together. Sleepless nights, business cases, leadership lab and the upcoming personal development elective. Conveniently we are starting to see a beautiful cohesion in the content taught at the program and also in the group work we are assigned to complete.

Throughout the week, we learnt how to position a company in the market using its competitive advantage. We also learnt what it meant to enter a mature and competitive market and conversely how to respond to such an entry. We looked at some of the most operationally efficient companies in the world and analyzed their value chains to understand and quantify the competitive advantage. We got an interesting introduction to Finance and got first hand experience on how to build internal cash flows for evaluating several strategies of a business. All of this tied into our increasing understanding of microeconomics, regulation and partnerships. Its quite impressive how this much information got condensed into a week and even more impressive how we’ve been able to keep up with the content. It felt like we’ve been served all of this introductory content as a humongous buffet. Can’t wait to see what’s up for lunch.

Even with so much happening in the class, some of us found time to self-reflect, hit the gym, square off at table tennis and go out to some famous spots in Lausanne. All in all a very eventful week at IMD.

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Feature image: Aptly, I decided to get some breakfast buffet and watch the snowflakes settle on a quiet Sunday

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For this week, I asked some of my classmates for their opinions on the program and the content:

“I don’t think you can truly appreciate the poetic beauty hidden in a fully integrated and meticulously coordinated MBA course load until your Economics professor quotes your Marketing professor in good-humor at 8am on a sunny Friday morning… Coffee in hand, lake in backdrop, 90 people chuckling in unison – IMD, you rock! :D” – Veronika Raszler

“IMD is full of surprises. In trying to find a method in this madness, I have turned some acquaintances into friends and also started an exciting journey of learning and self awareness. Just waiting to see how the coming 10 months will unfold.” – Sonia Sachdeva

“My first weeks at IMD flew by in the blink of an eye. I hardly believe that a month has passed since I met 89 extraordinary colleagues who will surely become life-time friends. IMD has managed to constantly surprise me with inspiring and fascinating classes. This month has shown me that the journey will be intense but extremely rewarding!”  – Guilherme Mendes

“IMD’s MBA has been a great start to my leadership development journey. The learning has challenged my assumptions and changed the lens through which I see the world around me. It has been a truly transformational experience. I’m really excited about the rest of the year and beyond.” – Praveen Sam

Rafael celebrates Brazilian carnaval

It’s carnival and time to celebrate!!!

Brazilian culture is very well known for its vibrancy. From the creativity of its football players to the beauty of its beaches on the coast, the country receives tourists from all over the world every year. In this sense, the carnival is probably the best example of celebration which symbolizes enjoyment, music and creativity all together. Continue reading “Rafael celebrates Brazilian carnaval”

Snowshoes as a way to get to know each other

Professor Knut Haanaes joined IMD in 2017 and is currently the Deputy Dean of the MBA program and a professor of Strategy at IMD. His research interests are related to strategy, digital and sustainability. Before joining IMD, Professor Haanaes was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Continue reading “Snowshoes as a way to get to know each other”