Let me tell you about George Eddy (summarised from a New York Times Article). Eddy was raised in Orlando, FL by a partly paralysed American farther and a blind French mother. He was obsessed with all things basketball. That obsession took him to the University of Florida where he repeatedly tried out to play Gators basketball, but to no avail.
I am a filmmaker-entrepreneur with a little more than 10 years of working experience in various creative and management roles in the industry. In the past five years, I have been producing television dramas and movies through my production company and have recently received two nominations as screenwriter for best-adapted screenplay. However, the truth is I am beginning to question my future in the business. There is a growing discontent with the work and now it is difficult to see any growth opportunity for me.
My summer break in my INSEAD journey began on 1 July with one of the craziest experience ever. I MET OBAMA AND HAD A MEETING WITH HIM!
As a graduate of the INSEAD Class of December 2016, I can truly say that your time at INSEAD is transformational.
It was a Tuesday afternoon at our office in Berlin. After a long call with our main provider in Latin America (a major bank) the message was clear: without a history of at least six months operating in the region, signing servicing contracts would be impossible. We had been trying to expand to a new country, hired the right people, even managed to sign new clients, but just when everything looked like a fairytale-like success, our biggest provider told us that we would need six months more to start processing locally.
What would you do if you had all the money you ever needed? Or in other words, if you never had to think about earning money to fulfill your needs and wants, what would you think about? What would you do? Would you still be doing your job?
“I am more than the sum of my achievements” Four periods of the MBA done and less than one period is left. The past nine months have been a total whirlwind. Never have I experienced something as unique, intense, or wonderfully intimidating as undertaking an MBA. Now, with graduation around the corner, I am faced with a pressing question; How do you make sure that, after having gone through a period of such deep personal disruption and chaos, you are able to enter your next environment as a wiser and more capable version of yourself?
Less than 100 days left of INSEAD. Reality is kicking in. Recruiters are milling all over campus. Suits and ties, groomed hair and go-getter heels have replaced the relaxed student attire of jeans and a t-shirt. All of a sudden I discover a new side to my classmates, another facet of their identities. Identity. Such a powerful, yet very ambiguous, word. Our identity was created at birth, and has since that day been with us, wherever we go. Still, when I think about my identity, it has a sense of unfamiliarity to it, like something unknown yet to be discovered.
Had someone told me before the start of the programme that some of my greatest learnings from INSEAD would be during P4-5 (when the academics is almost over), I would have laughed in their face. However, it turned out to be true! Every day, talking to employers and “trying on” a certain role in an organisation, I reflect on my motivations, past experiences and plans for the future. A year ago I thought I’d just get a very nice international degree, will learn some basic business subjects and will ultimately be able to read The Financial Times without a dictionary.
I managed the whole INSEAD application process while preparing my wedding and juggling a few major projects at work. Everything went smoothly and I was accepted. I was indeed overwhelmed by the excitement and was really looking forward to the experience, until… … my father-in-law found out about it. Well, I didn’t tell him earlier not because I wanted to hide it from him, but because I really wanted to make sure that everything (especially finance) was properly sorted out before breaking the news.