Let’s get naked! Yes, stripping off is my most important learning at my top-tier MBA so far. It’s the most valuable and genuine thing you can do with those around you. Bring everyone together and merely ask them to strip off and, well, get naked together!
Before coming to INSEAD, I met with a lot of alumni through coffee chats and social events. What always struck me was the aura of quiet confidence which they held. Strong luminous eyes and welcoming smiles. And I always wondered, if the eyes are the window to the soul, what was it about them that made them this way? Now I know. When you look into the eyes of a child, and they hold you in their gaze it creates a moment of awe. And in that moment, there is a space.
Dear reader, Before you begin reading this post, keep in mind that it’s not a quick read. It goes a few levels deeper than what I usually share. So, grab a coffee and dig in! Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? And how do we all come together? One thing that you can be certain of at INSEAD, is that you will meet people from all over the world. Another thing to be certain of, is that you will meet yourself.
Let’s start with the basics. Academic wise, I learnt quite a lot. I learnt the basics of finance, accounting, macro and microeconomics, marketing and entrepreneurship. I know better than ever how to value a firm, how to assess a project, and how to relate income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. I know how to interpret market signs, which personal investments make more sense, and the whole theories behind price discrimination, auctions, and supply and demand.
They say that you’re always running when you do an MBA. WRONG! At INSEAD, you DASH. With four months done in a 10+2-month program, you just can’t be okay with running. Apart from how everyone in this batch is brilliant in their own ways and lives, nothing else that I had thought about the course matched up to the reality - it superseded all my expectations. The courses, the assignments and the events are all happening at a breakneck speed.
The first period of the MBA program at INSEAD raced by, as I imagine will all subsequent periods. With such a variety and volume of happenings, each day felt like a distinct three (in one): pre-lunch, followed by post-lunch and ending with evening-night. While I and my fellow classmates have already survived and thrived in a hectic professional environment, the INSEAD experience is of a rather different quality. More relaxed and absorbing than work-life, yet more productive - each day is chock-full of new learning, compelling extra-curricular events and an addictive, joyous social buzz.