​What you give is what you get

So… the famous leadership experiential took place last week! Our class was split in two Cohorts and switched between regular classes and the 3,5 days full on experiential.

I was impressed by the quality of the entire experience and especially our coaches. Really great, top-notch global professionals that were there with us full time. IMD MBA is the most junior group they coach, all of them are used to working with global leaders in the C-level, not to mention military, government, etc… Outstanding staff!

The focus of this stage was to understand ourselves in a group setting (self in group) rather than going into group dynamics, which is the next step.

I believe any leadership or self knowledge experience is a “what you give is what you get” experience.

If you want to stay locked into your safety armor or don’t want to be exposed to your own “darkness”, it won’t have as much impact… No one can do it for you except yourself!

For me personally, the key lesson was that suppressing who we are is never a good idea. I was trying to do things differently than I would naturally (sort of trying to write with the wrong hand) but in the process I left also my own personality and my strengths behind…  My group was great in pointing that out and giving me an important wake up call for the entire year.

I realize it’s not by changing who I am that I’ll evolve. It is by being myself in a more conscious, polished and balanced way! So let’s aim for that 🙂

After the experiential it was time to dive back into our Start up Project and Industry Analysis… It was great to see how our group already started working together in a different and more open way.

One thing I was super curious before I came to IMD was about life in the “dungeons” and the study rooms. So here is a little peek into our group life when we were all super concentrated in finding data to support our assumptions about the future of Transport Infrastructure 🙂

Group 8 clockwise: Me, Luca Gianaschi, Nicolas Martinez, Philipp DeAngelis, Roraj Pradhananga, Vladimir Petrenko

An amazing week to y’all,


ICP – Done! (Nicholas Toubkin)

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve written a blog, and it’s been an incredibly busy time since, as we’ve been finalising our International Consulting Project.

The ICP was certainly one of my highlights of the MBA experience so far – it was great to deepen my knowledge of the real estate sector, and also to work with such a fantastic time.  It was really wonderful to have the opportunity to travel so much in Europe – last week, we were in Oslo again to make our final presentation to our clients – who really made the experience so special by sharing so much about their business, and being so receptive to our ideas.

Once the ICP was over, it was time to spring back to work – we had a leadership ‘experiential’ on Saturday, which was a chance to give the people that we had worked with most closely during the year some valuable feedback.  A great way to wrap up the IMD leadership stream, and one of the elements of the course that really differentiates the IMD experience from other similar MBA courses.  I also had a final meeting with my leadership coach, who invariably provides fantastic insight into my future plans, and helps define my career goals.

So – this week, it’s a day of presenting our ICP findings to our classmates tomorrow, and then the electives start right after that.  I can’t say I’m looking forward to having a rigid 8am start time again – but I am looking forward to the electives for sure!

Until next time,


Time to get a job! (Nicholas Toubkin)

We’re now fully over our jetlag from the discovery trips, and it’s back to a hectic schedule at IMD!

This weekend, we had another of the mythical IMD leadership experiential sessions – which pushed us hard to hone our leadership skills even further.  As usual, I can’t reveal the details to avoid spoiling the experience for next year – but let’s say that it was tough but really insightful!  The final leadership session is in November, and I can’t wait to find out how this session wraps up the year. Continue reading “Time to get a job! (Nicholas Toubkin)”