“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there”. These words were written by Rumi the, 13th-century Persian poet. Did you know that these words were written after Rumi fell in love with a man in the later years of his life? These lines remind me of my EMC experience.
When I was 12 years old, my dad launched a start-up. After having closely analysed and researched the market, he had identified a gap. So, he quit his job, got a loan, recruited the best people, rolled up his sleeves and got to work. His entire team worked feverishly for months and months on the project: a sort of paper-based Craigslist with the revolutionary addition of CD-ROM content.
‘The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.’ - Carl-Gustav Jung When admitted to the EMC programme in Wave 22 of June 2016, I had no idea that nothing was to become more real than the above quote from CG Jung.
Spring is upon us and has ushered in a riot of colours with flora and fauna creating a potpourri, refreshing all beings across the world. These sites and aromas arrest our movements and bide us to become one with the gorgeousness of the surroundings. These magnificent shows of nature descend upon us every year but alas, most of us in our haste had a tendency of ignoring these blissful moments, until now.
Trying to explain what the Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme is like, is like trying to explain the taste of a mango. I will try, but if you are an executive, business owner or consultant, I hope you have the opportunity to taste it for yourself.
When I wrote Evolutionary Leadership: A Holistic Perspective, I was introduced to Prof Manfred De Kets Dries at INSEAD. He encouraged me to consider the EMC (formerly EMCCC) programme that INSEAD was running. But for me to commit to a diploma was too much at the time.
I can safely say that the programme changed my career and my life completely.
I finally understood that if you want to change a system, you have to start with yourself.
The EMC helped me to be my best self – and to bring it to work!