Standup to Fear

I’m in the smokiest bar in Abu Dhabi. I’m about to headline the local standup comedy show. The MC has a few jokes up his sleeve. He always does. This filling act gives me some time to think and gather my emotions. But my fight or flight instincts kick in. My hands are sweaty, the head feels dizzy and I can feel the whole room collapsing. Suddenly, I hear the MC shout out my name. The sounds of hoots and claps fill the room. A surge of adrenalin fills my face. I suddenly remember my first act. I walk in. The mike is mine. Instinct honed through days of practice takes over and I deliver my act for the next 15 minutes. Continue reading “Standup to Fear”

Take care of the moments

Today’s guest entry is by our Australian / British participant, Matthew Costello. 

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.

Coming into the program I expected the intensity to be overwhelming and I was not disappointed. It can be described as nothing short of a tidal wave. You arrive at the ‘beach’ and everything looks pretty. Continue reading “Take care of the moments”

Summer project: an opportunity to explore and experiment!

Today’s guest entry is by Anupama Kateja.

Having already done one management program from a prestigious school eight years ago, I was being discouraged from pursuing another similar program. However, I was clear – it wasn’t an MBA program I was opting for, it was IMD’s international customized program structure that encouraged me to pursue a second masters. Continue reading “Summer project: an opportunity to explore and experiment!”