Sit tight, this is going to be a long one 🙂
So… as a blogger I have a commitment to keep the readers up to date with what’s going on on the IMD MBA. Weekly if I can. Bi-weekly if I must. Once a month if things are really ugly.
Which makes it almost painful to admit I have not blogged here for almost 3 months.
I could write a long list of perhaps even valid reasons for that – and maybe I would have done that before the IMD experience. But reality is that it doesn’t matter. I failed in this. Some other amazing victories during this time? Yes. But not this one.
Halfway through the MBA and already wishing time went by slower, I can now state that IMD MBA – of course, if you really put yourself into it – will change your life. You won’t know in which way, intensity or angle – but rest assured life won’t be the same after you step your foot in the legendary Lorange Auditorium for the first time.
These past three months were incredible. Also intense. Also hard. Also time consuming. But with a bit of a taste of reward for all the work we’ve put in.
Here are some highlights of the time I was offline:
As you can see, not a lot going on over here (LOL).
Today I am excitedly one week into my Company Engagement Project and being able to feel the power of the IMD brand every time I present myself to someone new. Impressive. Now it’s up to me and all of us to measure up to and strengthen this unique and powerful brand!
Onto the next challenge… and back here soon.
Classes are done, so much happened in the last couple of days and exam preparation time started.
One of the most memorable event was our last Finance class with the mighty professor Nuno Fernandes. Continue reading “This one is for Nuno!”
I need to apologize for my long silence in the blog. I must acknowledge, that my IMD experience goes far beyond schooling, projects or class experience. When I packed my suitcases to come here six months ago, I thought I knew everything I put there. However, just like in books of Milorad Pavic, all of a sudden I found the whole bunch of stuff. Continue reading “Emotionally numbered, analytically sentimental”
Hello there from a much lighter and warmer atmosphere!
The end is in sight!
It’s been incredibly busy during the last few weeks, with a packed schedule of electives – I haven’t had a day off for around two weeks. Normally, that would be a cause for much moaning on my part (!), but the electives have been so fascinating that I really don’t mind. I’ve been studying topics as diverse as Islamic Finance, Strategic Partnerships and Social Media Strategy. It’s been a great opportunity to ‘deep-dive’ into a few areas that particularly interest me, and will help me to be more effective during my forthcoming career.
On Friday I headed off to Germany with around 30 of my classmates. We spent just one night in Berlin, before arriving in Hamburg last night, and then we are off to Munich tomorrow. It’s a chance to understand more about German business culture, and an opportunity to find out more about some titans of industry including Airbus. And obviously, we are trying the local beer too!
Our groups is not the only cohort from IMD travelling right now – a team of 10 or so intrepid individuals are currently on an elective in Brazil, where our professor Carlos Primo Braga is taking the opportunity to leverage his contacts to product a great schedule for the group – they have also made it to the beach on at least one occasion!
In some very important news, a fantastic success is hot of the press at IMD. Five of my classmates (Alex Knecht, Alex Krstevski, Hersh Shah, Jelmer Hoogendoorn & Tom Cohen) won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity contest. They fought off strong competition from other business schools, including institutions well known for their focus on finance, and demonstrated that even thought IMD is small in size, we’re still big hitters when it comes to our academic and technical abilities! Well done to all the guys – you’ve done IMD proud! We are celebrating on their behalf here in Hamburg.
More updates soon – for now, off to sample a key part of German culture – the beerhall!