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Take out your tap dancing shoes…

Probably you have never met me. Well! If not, you should 🙂

One of the mantras being passed on to current, recent, ancient and balding MBAs is ‘To Network’. Meet people FULL STOP

As an MBA student, HSG MBA program will give you all the training required and the opportunities to put the theory into use. Keeping the culture alive, I will pass on the statement to any one asking me for ‘MBA survival tips’ (of course other than going to Rockstory). We won’t delve into the details as you will get a lot many stories around it on different MBA blogs and other websites.

The point to ponder is that you can manage your network as strategically as you manage your career. I am of the opinion that rather than meeting as many people, one should focus on more substantial relationships. Value more face-to-face interaction; get out of the virtual world. If you want to save your shoes from being worn down in recruiting circus, then it’s time that you start building this skill. If need maybe, you can map the extent of network through the 2 x 2 matrix of Interaction vs Communication (Though, I admit failing quite some times in honing networking skills).

Our capstone event (I still can’t figure out the relevance of the term with the actual activity) will start from 5th Aug. For one last time, the 1 week course will focus on tech transformation based on integrated model dealing with strategy, innovation and technology. Once again, looking forward to meet all the guys in the same classroom and gearing up for fast paced learning as if drinking with the hose!

Meanwhile people, take out your tap dancing shoes from the closet, meet people and find someone to dance with.


To control your cow, give it a bigger pasture…

One of the interesting aspects of HSG MBA is participants from different nationalities (22 in current FT class). And it is an experience in itself in understanding each personality. Now I know 1000 year old Chinese eggs are only preserved for 100 days; There is the closest point between Russia and America that is only 4 km long; 1000 Swiss Francs is the highest denomination note in the world; Chile & Peru are still fighting over the ownership of ‘Pisco’ as a national drink; and yes..Barcelona is not Madrid (my buddy Robert will tell you more in alumni meets).

Aw c’mon! In this already crowded web-based-fountain-of-wisdom world, I’m not going to reveal HSG MBA’s 101 secrets of World Domination. But I can leave you with one of the thoughts from Zen master Suzuki RoshiTo control your cow, give it a bigger pasture.

For me, it’s a great quote. The cow can be seen as your mind and giving the mind a bigger pasture is about having different experiences in life. Understanding MBA participants is one such kind of experience. You will meet people from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities; you will try to understand each other’s style of working, reacting, absorbing and appreciating. Spending most of your time with intelligent people from different countries and backgrounds will give you a global perspective and will give you an opportunity to refine your PoV (Point of View). And as you will interact more, you will find that the cow (your mind) becomes richer as it roams around the extended pasture of interactions and learning.

PS: “To be stupid, selfish and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”

~Gustave Flaubert

At T-2

At T-2, the heart starts pounding fast! Less than a fortnight left before I start my MBA at St. Gallen (HSG MBA), Switzerland. Most of the things have been taken care-of. Only things going on now are jogging, pre-reading (Accounting, Khans Academy)  and dreams!  

I have finalized the apartment over the phone itself. Looks good so far.

So my new home for next 1 year – University and Library buildings.

And the night shelter for next 1 year – my apartment. 

Ain’t the view fantastic? And there is a small bar as well in the apartment (just to discuss the cases and late night assignments).

Hopefully night outs will not be an issue any more and there won’t be any excuse for not performing 🙂  So wish me luck people. The next post will be directly from MBA building in St. Gallen. Till then, Tschüss!

PS: On Lappy (ZNMD)
Der lagi lekin, 
Maine ab hai Jeena seekh liya
Jaise bhi ho din, 
Maine ab hai Jeena seekh liya

Countdown begins!

Swiss VISA has come. Though the time mentioned was 4-6 weeks, it was delivered within 4 days as the University had already informed and sent the notifications to the concerned embassies. Have zeroed-in upon Bajaj Student Elite plan for insurance.

The only worry at this stage is meteoric rise of CHF. There is no sign of slowing of it. Need to cope up with that and less money at my disposal in Switzerland.

Got the Core 1 calendar as well. Pretty tied up it seems! So now the countdown begins. Flying by this month end.

PS: On lappy (from ZNMD):

Dilon mein tum apni Betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Nazar mein khwabon ki Bijliyaan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise Aazad rehna seekho 
Tum ek dariya ke jaise Lehron mein behna seekho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo Khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya sama Dekhen yeh nigahaein
Jo apni aankhon mein Hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Dilon mein tum apni Betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
(English Translation)
If you are moving with an eagerness in your heart,
then you are alive..
if you’re moving with the sparks of dreams in your eyes,
then you’re alive..
learn to live freely like the gusts of wind,
Learn to flow in waves, like a river does..
Meet every moment with your arms open,
Every moment these eyes should watch a new weather,
If you’re moving with a bewilderment in your eyes
then you are alive,
If you are moving with an eagerness in your heart,
then you are alive..