San Francisco asks “why not?”

IMG_3689We, the American contingent, have concluded our discovery expedition. You have already read a lot about the Mexican leg of the trip which stood out for its contrasts, social entrepreneurship and gigantic manufacturing and supply chain operations. Now is the turn of America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. No better place in America than San Francisco to witness the “free and the brave” mindset. Continue reading “San Francisco asks “why not?””

Singapore: not a melting pot!

Wow, our week in Singapore went by so fast!

Intense program full of company visits and insightful sessions.

Singapore is indeed very unique. For me it felt sometimes as a “business Las Vegas”. A lively city with majestic constructions, light and sound everywhere and constant invitations for consumption. For sure not like our quiet Lausanne 🙂

It was impressive to visit some offices such as Samsung’s and Expedia’s and see their very international and modern installations. Some sessions like the Urban Redevelopment Authority City Gallery showed us a lot about Singapore’s history and challenges. Continue reading “Singapore: not a melting pot!”

And we’re off to the Discovery Expeditions!

I believe I mentioned before that IMD’s program is front-loaded, especially on the academic side. One of my favourite things about that is that we’re always looking at exciting things ahead. It’s almost like a reward system somehow. You go through the painful finance basics so that you can do exciting M&A simulations. You go through a lot of self assessment and then you start being exposed to senior executives and the IMD Alumni. You finish all exams so that you can devote your time to a company engagement project of your choice. And so on…

On that of looking forward to exciting parts, I don’t think anything can beat the expectations for the Discovery Expeditions! That’s the moment when we get split into 3 groups of 30 and fly to 1 of 3 exciting journeys around the world: Japan/China; Singapore/UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) or Mexico/US (California).

Continue reading “And we’re off to the Discovery Expeditions!”

NTF goes to Munich!

Hi everyone, after reading so much about our program for a third eye view, it is my turn to give another angle of the story! Following up on the successful Navigating The Future conference, our class was ready to spread ideas around Europe! Here comes our „Navigating The Future goes to Europe“ tour.

We had the opportunity here to be assigned to one of three trips and having lived in Munich before the MBA, I of course decided to be part of the journey to Germany!

We were able to present refined NTF topics that had been tailored for an audience keen on hearing about industrie 4.0, energy, autonomous driving and robots! Makes sense no? Munich is the capital city of the Bayern state in Germany which is THE area to speak about these topics with company like Siemens, MAN, BMW having HQ there! Many of our alumni, some of them working now for these companies were present and made this meeting a challenging and motivating occasion to show case what we developed along the course of our studies!

Altogether, this intense lighting trip to Munich provided a great opportunity to meet a local alumni club that some of us will hope to join later on and proved a nice networking event in a the great setting.

On the fun side, we had time for a (few) well deserved ( and world known ) beer(s) from the area in a local Brauhaus. This was I believe a teaser trip making some of my classmates want to discover this great city extensively later on!