Marcella Rispo, a 2003 MBA Partner now responsible for helping partners integrate in Lausanne life, shares a few thoughts with us before the 2018 class arrives. Continue reading “On choices, chances, changes …”
Summer time has come and the campus is quiet as the MBAs work on their CEPs (Company Engagement Projects) in various places around the world. Continue reading “Summer in Lausanne”
This week was incredibly concentrated and full of impressions. To start with an amusement park: short and tall revolving attractions quickly grew up across the road. Day and night they shine and reproduce fancy songs, disturbing overwhelmed MBA students. Attractions are calling and I hope to reward my inner child, before they move to another Continue reading “Toys for thought, twinkle stars and growing adults”
As Kunal beautifully described in his latest post, life after the exams has been inspiring in many levels!
I find myself in a state where I don’t want time to go by so fast…every day brings new possibilities, ideas and opportunities to use the learnings we had on the first part of the program. The city of Lausanne feels like home now and the IMD family is closer and closer.
All 90 of us are here as a result of so many different stories! We of course want different things out of each subject and have different interests and priorities… That is why when I look around and see all 90 of us completely hypnotized by a speaker, it means we’re living a special moment.
That’s what happened last Thursday with the special visit of Nestlé’s CEO, Paul Bulcke!
It was a night to remember. He was super accessible and down to earth, and truly created an atmosphere of closeness with our class.
There were so many pearls of wisdom.
To me the most insightful ones were:
Don’t imagine your career as the final destination. Make the decisions today on what you know today. Things are always changing.
- Never work for your boss. Work for your team.
- If you have no interests outside your job, you are in trouble.
- What needs to be done, only gets done by doing.
- Practice dettached involvement. (Be present and part of the situation but be also able to look at it from a distance)
- The world is a place full of intelligent people but lacks wisdom.
- When you have all the answers, that’s management. When you don’t have all the answers, that’s leadership.
And the ultimate lesson to me was given by example. He was asked some difficult questions in delicate subjects such as GMOs and water resources, and the way he openly yet firmly responded them was utmost inspiring.
Another unforgettable moment in the incredibly unique experience that is the IMD journey.
Hello there from a much lighter and warmer atmosphere!
Since we celebrated the arrival of Spring in the Eastern-European traditional manner last Friday, the weather has been wonderful here in Lausanne. It was helpful to get us through the past week, and through this coming one hopefully, the last before the exams prep.
On the first day of spring according to Swiss standards, I though I would share my picture from this nice celebration.