You know when you go to a party, and you have a wonderful time? Remember parties?! And then, someone suggests to continue the party at their house. A few friends are getting together for late night snacks. You decide to go. And then you have a lot of fun. In fact, you admit to yourself, you had way MORE fun at the after party than the actual party. There were wonderful people there and you enjoyed REAL conversations with them. That’s it. That’s really it. LinkedIn posts are like going to a party.
What got you here will not be what gets you there. This is a resounding message throughout the MBA programme and it entails fundamentally changing the value that your skillset brings to the table.
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.