When you think of storytelling, you might picture your grandfather on the Ohio River, catching a fish that looms larger with every retelling. Or maybe you picture people gathered around a campfire, swapping tales about their past. In modern life, we tend to believe that storytelling, or at least the concept of storytelling, is old-fashioned. Instead, we want hard facts and statistics that prove our points beyond a shadow of a doubt. The new focus is creating data-driven business strategy.
Since I hail from a non-business background, my main goal in pursuing a business school education was to gain finance and other hard skills, so as to become a general manager within the pharmaceutical industry, my current work area.
There I was… an experienced professional searching for something still missing and feeling unfulfilled. So, I went on a quest to continue my lifelong learning. But what programme to enrol in at this stage in life? After completing an MBA 20 years prior, it was important to select the right course for my goals now.
I’ve learnt that leadership is sometimes about following, about knowing when to take a step back.
Students come to the INSEAD MBA programme looking to transform their careers. But the transformation they experience is not always what they imagined. The curriculum, as well as their exposure to different people and activities, opens career possibilities they haven't previously considered. In this video, three MBA students talk about what they learned about themselves and their career goals. The MBA Experience is a three-part video series that explores our intense and life-changing 10-month MBA programme from the perspective of our students.
I'm a very direct, outgoing person. I had to learn patience and collaboration.
That INSEAD is fast-paced, everybody knows. It goes without saying, and probably you’ve heard this from many of us by now. Among the many choices we need to make here, along with lectures, parties and career events, there is an aspect which is less discussed here which I will try to cover in this post: the extra presentations and events offered to MBA programme participants. Just to give you some feeling of what I am talking about, below are some examples of talks, conferences or special events that took place in the Fontainebleau campus in a window of three weeks:
Over the last weekend of February, three other classmates and I were in Barcelona for a three-day case competition hosted by IESE and sponsored by Roland Berger. Less than two months into the MBA and there we were: our first competition facing teams of MBA students of five other world-class institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. It was a humbling experience to exchange with brilliant people, and it was thrilling to practice solving a complex case under such a short time constraint.
On the brink of finishing P1 now, a delightful anticipation is building inside of me because I know that I will finally have some time to sit back, relax and continue reading (hopefully until the end, before the intensity of P2) Jordan B. Peterson’s new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Yeah, I know, it sounds like an instantly forgettable Buzzfeed article, or the type of title you would expect to find on one of the badly conserved books you encounter in a hostel in Cambodia.
I recently read a great article about Bob Dylan accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature. The award was announced 13 November 2016. Dylan did not publicly accept the award nor make a public comment about it for two weeks. All prize recipients are required to give a lecture which the Nobel Foundation publishes. Dylan’s