"It is worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change." – Queen Elizabeth II, Christmas 2019 The struggle is real
I am now four months into this life-changing experience that is the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA), and with the constantly changing landscape in the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, each module has been an experience on its own, challenging our capacity to adapt. Nevertheless, a common denominator emerged from this situation: an intense feeling of camaraderie amongst the cohort.
One of the main roles of an executive is to create value for the company and, therefore, to its shareholders. For this reason, value creation is a popular topic among MBA programmes, and the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is no exception.
I am now in the heart of the programme. It’s already been four months since I started the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) at INSEAD. Two modules have passed, we have already studied six different Core Courses and taken as many exams. Twenty years after I finished my studies, here I am again —a 45-year-old student! The first word that comes to mind when I think of these past few months and that perfectly sums up my impressions is “Diversity”.
Barely two months after their programme kickstarted, students from the Class of December 2020 found their MBA experience taking an unexpected turn. Despite the COVID-19 upheaval, they braved through the changes, adapted to new circumstances and graduated in December 2020. Some of them share how they pressed on despite the challenges and attained their INSEAD MBA right on schedule.
Many of you already know that soon after sending in your application for the MBA programme at INSEAD, you will receive a link to submit answers to four questions via a video interview. I wanted to share a couple of pieces of advice that you may find useful as you prepare for these interviews.
The GEMBA has been an unforgettable experience so far. The pandemic makes everything more challenging and at the same time more meaningful because all those previously trivial and taken-for-granted moments now become rare and valuable opportunities to create memorable stories and friendships. It has been four months since the official start of the programme, and I have somewhat gotten used to this high level of uncertainty and agility!
The INSEAD Master in Management (MIM) Class of 2021 launched in September 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic. Meet some students of the pioneering MIM Class who share their experiences and impressions of the programme.