Navigating The Future – It’s a kind of magic

It’s a kind of magic
A kind of magic
One dream one soul one prize one goal
One golden glance of what should be

It is on these notes of The Queen that, in my mind, the 2017 edition of Navigating The Future turns to the end. How was it possible that only one week ago we were in a remote monastery lost in the north of Italy, without even an internet connection, and then in four days we were delivering presentations at an unprecedented level of professionalism on global challenges and macro-regional issues that impact the development of the world and the life of hundreds of millions of people? How could it be possible? Continue reading “Navigating The Future – It’s a kind of magic”

Breathe !

Run, rabbit, run

Dig that hole, forget the sun,

And when at last the work is done

Don’t sit down, it’s time to dig another one

I have been a huge Pink Floyd fan and some of the lyrics of this song beautifully capture our last few weeks or months at IMD. While there is genuine intent on our part to keep you all updated with our lives here, we have been running around in the last days not only preparing for our exams but also searching for our ceps. This point in time at IMD seems special almost like the pivoting point in a thriller.. the moment when things suddenly change… Pivoting point for us as we will not be together as a bunch of 90 in the Lorange auditorium for many of the next weeks.  NTF preparation and presentation will be followed by our trips to London, Munich and Zurich before we break for summer. Pivoting point also because we switch gears to spend more time planning our careers post IMD. Many of us have been getting queries from the upcoming batch about our apartments which is stark realization of the fact that time is flying. While so many things are similar, many more will change.

Before the exams, we ended the finance stream which was an emotional moment for us as a class. It was an absolute pleasure to learn from Prof Nuno and we can’t thank him enough for making this experience indeed a very memorable one. Another exciting stream was the strategy class by Prof Mishiek. External and internal consistency in strategy, role of game theory in determining competitor moves are some of the many tools that we learnt in these classes and the experience has been extremely rewarding and so much fun. As much as one always hears of the networking component in the MBA program, I strongly believe that the academics and the tools that we learn in classes go a long way in helping us analyze new businesses, industries and make better decisions as managers.

Many such courses present a tangible “value proposition” and it is easy to understand why we need them. Yet there are many other classes which have shaped my opinions and ideas in different ways. It is these courses that have helped me appreciate perspectives diametrically opposite to mine. I have learnt to better understand and respect such ideas even if not accept them.

Talking about breath, the end of exams gave us an opportunity to catch a breath albeit a very short one. This time around, it was a day trip for the class to Morzine.  After spending so much time in L’Orange and Dungeons in the last few months, the boat ride to Thonon felt unreal. I had to pinch myself multiple times to believe it was true! The weather was perfect and this trip was no work and all fun. On that note, I leave you with a picture from the trip that is more than symbolic of our journey in the MBA program.

Till the next time..

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New website launch

We are happy to announce that the full-time IMD MBA Progam has a new website that has just gone live! We hope you’ll like the new structure and content as you explore our program, and look forward to hearing your feedback.

While the website is a great starting place, we are always happy to welcome you to the campus so that you can discover the atmosphere for yourself and talk about your profile and options.

This month, our official Campus Visit will take place on Monday, 27th February, 10h – 17h30

This visit is a chance to get a tour of the campus, attend a program presentation and Q&A session, have lunch with our MBAs and observe a Startup class in the afternoon.

However, if visiting Lausanne is not an option, we would also be happy to welcome you online for a virtual visit on Thursday, 23rd February at 15h or Tuesday, 7th March at 12h.

Registration for any of these events is available here.

Hope to have the chance to meet you,

Suzy

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Hope all of you are doing well and are enjoying reading about our journey as much as we are enjoying sharing it with you. As I reflect on the 3 weeks that I have gone by, I feel very time warped as I can’t remember what happened when… So much happens everyday.. Yet I also realize that we are already in February and time has just flown by. We have been assigned our respective groups and have had a chance to meet the founders of our startup projects.  It is all picking up pace now!

We had the first entrepreneurship class last week by Prof Benoit Leleux and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beauty of these classes lies not in the fact that all the cases discussed in class have been written by him but that he has been involved in every case. Learning doesn’t get any more real world than this!  This class has added a whole new dimension to my approach towards analyzing businesses. It has made me cognizant of the fact that as environment changes, businesses can evolve drastically and hence  it is imperative for a business plan to be an evolving story than a static one. I have also begun to realize why VC’s focus so much on teams.

Another exciting event of last week has been our leadership experiential. It seems me to that this is the most well-guarded secret of the IMD program. All my questions to several alumni in the past about what this involves have always gone unanswered. So, I have to keep up with the tradition and I won’t share much about what the experiential entailed but more about our learning. Involving a series of team based activities, the exercise is about looking at self in a group setting. We get to reflect about own behaviors both positive and negative from our own analysis first and then based on feedback from others.  These exercises are like a mirror which show us who we really are. We get back to the point of reflection again as we think about what we can do to improve and evolve as better leaders. Unfortunately, this unique experience and many others morph into some form of assignments eventually which need to be finished so that they can be graded.

Speaking of assignments makes me realize that there is a whole lot of reading to be done for next week and fretting too much or thinking too much about it doesn’t change the outcome! I was told by students from last year how it could get like a pressure cooker in here in  the first half and now I am starting to realize what they truly meant.

Priyanka