It’s not what I expected…

I wasn’t expecting it to be like this.
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I knew it was going to be hard but I didn’t think that economics (or finance, or accounting, or strategy…) would be the death of me. I knew I would cry here and there but I didn’t think I would keep the tissue industry afloat! I knew I would change but I didn’t think it would be this personal. This MBA ‘thing’ is tough work but it’s also one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Here are three of my biggest realizations (read: survival tips) so far: Continue reading “It’s not what I expected…”

The Art of Problem Solving

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.

For someone who spends an awful lot of time living in the fantasy world of books and films, the real world can sometimes get a little dreary. And when things started getting dreary, I knew I had to rewrite my diary. My name is Anish Singhvi, and I’m a 26-year-old Indian male, non-engineer, solver of problems. Which is a cooler way of stating that I am a lawyer.

The key driver throughout my (admittedly) young life has been one question: ‘How to be a professional problem solver?’ The hunt for answers took me to one of India’s best law schools, and from then on to one of India’s (and Asia’s) biggest law firms. Working countless hours on complex mergers and acquisitions, solving difficult problems was exciting and challenging at first. The thrill of working on new transactions and dealing with clients from across the world kept me going. But the more I worked, the more I felt the need to play a bigger role, to solve bigger problems. Law school and my law firm taught me how to think and I felt that I could use all the skills I had learned in a much larger context. Which is when I decided to reboot and leave my ‘minor life for grander maybes’.

IMD positions itself as a school for leaders, and while I don’t disagree with that, I don’t think it is necessarily in the leadership business. It most certainly is in the problem-solving business. Through all our classes, coaching, integrative exercises, start-up projects, team activities, problem solving is the one common denominator. And with a class as diverse as ours, one constantly hears fresh new ideas on how to solve some of the biggest problems faced by businesses today.

I suppose it is only appropriate to end this blog by quoting a personal role model of mine. Arsene Wenger (the legendary Arsenal coach) once said “the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art.” Which in a nutshell is why I landed up in Lausanne on a cold January morning: to learn, to grow, and hopefully turn problem solving into an art.

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Life is an adventure!

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”  Stephen Hawking

This quote has been leading the path of my life, fuelling my endeavours and lifting me in adverse moments. I am Martina, 32, and I am a tireless explorer, world-traveller, bridge builder.

 I was born in the Czech Republic and experienced the rapid transition of the country from communism to democracy, from centrally planned to market economy. I evidenced reinvention of the social values and the energy and enthusiasm directed towards the New. This era very much shaped me, my business acumen and became a source of my drive for continuous development and growth. As a first generation of Czechs who could travel freely, I grew into a global citizen with European heritage, observing and learning from different cultures of countries I visited or lived in. My interest in international affairs and foreign languages brought me to studies of International Trade.

As an athlete, I learnt to be determined and focused, as an athlete-fighter, I learnt to never give up and project success on my mind. I am striving in dynamic, creative and flexible environments, under pull- and though leadership, surrounded by knowledgeable and inspiring people with different perspectives. This is what my IMD MBA year has been mainly about and this is what I am looking for in terms of working environment.

I am passionate about people – customers, team members, internal clients – understanding their needs, motivations and aspirations. I am keen on bringing people together – mediating their interactions – and bringing people further – showing them new opportunities. My need is to know and to understand – I like to decompose and structure problems, gaining insight and enrichment from learning. I am devoted to coming up with solutions to those problems, constantly surveying new ways of solving. As an adventurer, I enjoy tackling new fields, broadening my skills, seeing new horizons and…

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….seeing the world from different perspective.

Because this is what I believe urges us, human beings, to get up every morning: looking for adventure and meaning in our lives.

Martina