The class has split into three groups for the next part of the Navigating the Future conference, with one going to Munich, one to London and one to Zurich. Today’s guest entry comes from the Zurich group, specifically Spanish participant, Alvaro Ballina. Continue reading “Time Management in Zurich”
The MBAs are off-campus experiencing a week of new ethical challenges at the Santuario di Oropa in Italy. I’ll let them share more upon their return, but meanwhile, here is a link to the story of our latest alumni start-up success: Continue reading “MBA 2009 start up success”
Life at IMD after the exams just gets better and better!
The knowledge and tools we’ve acquired in the first three months have started to sink in and become part of our “arsenal” to tackle new challenges. Our confidence and ability to perform have climbed and we can now take on bigger challenges with much lower stress levels. And the new classes are amazing!
I am trying my best not to spoil any surprises for the newcomers here… but let’s say that the last days have been filled with excitement and super interesting topics such as: crisis management, media training, hands-on innovation and leadership frameworks on getting people on board. Unquestionably useful knowledge that will certainly differentiate us – especially in the long run.
The career services team has been super active bringing valuable sessions to help us on career management, interviewing techniques and case interview preparation.
We are also having more and more guest speakers to inspire us with their trajectories and share invaluable lessons. Just this week we’ll have three different executives spending time exclusively with us.
To top it off, last weekend most of our class took our first trip together! Our classmate Dustin Kahler took the brave role to organize rooms, transportation, ski gear exchange, dinner and activities for over 60 people to come to Verbier! It was a great way to have fun together and create some more memories of our Swiss adventures!
I feel like we are living the IMD dream… and I am doing my best to enjoy the present as time is moving fast and tends to move even faster after the June exams.
Have a great week and stay tuned!
The last days were tough: studies, projects, essays, emotions, challenges, and just a couple of hours for sleep… Can I endure more? A great training for perfectionistsJ! Some say that life is stripy, if you move across, or, if lengthwise, just an endless, black stripe. I disagree – from now on my days are either good or perfect. I can’t structure yet what IMD gives me, but definitely I am enjoying changing.
We had guests speakers. One is an IMD MBA alumnus, a successful entrepreneur, who gives an impression of a happy person. He seems to get drive from all his incredible ups-and-downs in business. He is looking for change and change is looking for him. His enthusiasm and desire to make the world better are contagious. And I feel proud of belonging to the IMD community. Another guest speaker is a business angel. According to him, there is nothing to be afraid of in uncertainty – it’s everywhere. People and organizations approach it differently: some structure it slowly unless they get a comfortable result, which by that time becomes obsolete. The others just jump in, but those who have a secure base, reduce risk and stress. And another valuable observation is that change itself is useless – it can bring added value when it relies on values of people and organizations. If you want to make change, devote yourself completely, partial trial worths nothing.
Like a Jerome K. Jerome’s medical student, who found in himself symptoms of all known diseases (MDs know that well), except for a housemaid’s knee, I started dreaming “what would I be if I worked in operations, in finance, in accounting or as a CEO?”. We get a very hands-on education, in which school-reality boundaries are squeezed and erased.
This is it. It’s really happening. The Class of 2016 has officially kicked-off!
I am over the moon to be here and to be able to share my MBA experience together with the Blog Team – which by the fun we had taking the first group shots I can say is a great one!
Let me briefly introduce myself: I am Brazilian, based in São Paulo and a passionate workaholic in the Technology Industry, working for the past 8 years in LatAm’s #1 Business Software company. From attending High School in an American Boarding School in Switzerland to juggling three waiting jobs in London or researching my family origins in Italy, a number of international experiences have shaped who I am.
However, nothing compares to – hum – a day in the IMD Foyer. No, really. It’s not because you’re talking to 89 people from all over the world. It’s because those people are some of the most interesting and successful people from their countries. And they have lived or worked in at least 4 or 5 other countries. And their vast backgrounds. And their openness to share. AND we know we’re just scratching the surface. Amazing!
When I first started my MBA journey, a very experienced admissions coach said: “IMD is very unique and, unlike schools with larger classes, they never get it wrong in admissions. You can be certain that whoever gets in will be incredible.” I have to say he was right!
Starting something I’ve been planning for a long time brings out many different feelings, but most of all I am very grateful for being here right now. An MBA admission is never a one-man job. My loving husband put up with my anxiety, lack of time and the inevitable changes ahead. Busy recommenders gave me their time and valuable advice. My leaders trusted me with bold challenges and priceless lessons. My teams gave me a daily chance to be a better leader. The IMD Alumni who never ceased to awe me with their humbleness, maturity and candor. And even those who tried to convince me I was insane were an important part of the process.
Now it’s time to change seats, buckle up and go deep into this unique and intensive program. Classes officially start tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Wishing you an amazing 2016,