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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.





Rankings Jungle & Careers

FT has released the rankings for Masters in Management. University of St. Gallen (HSG) MIS program has been ranked # 1.


And so I think, how many students will make decisions based on these ranking and how much due diligence is required for selection of a good program. Also, when the university institutes are shared among MIS and MBA programs, how does the reputation of 1 program impact the other. A lot is going on to bring MBA program up there. Hope to see the results shortly.

Career Services Team has asked us to complete Visions & Values. From post-MBA job perspective, have leveraged the following graph to position myself:

The tests for International Management and Finance-I are approaching. The thought in the mind (seems like it is stuck from past sessions of web-surfing):

“If You Can’t Create Your Own Answers In The Examination
Management Is Not Meant For You.”

‘Commoditization’ of an MBA

Planning for a higher education in Business Administration? Thinking of an MBA from a leading B-School? I hope that you know what you are getting yourself into! MBA has become one of the most used term (& most abused at the same time) in the education industry. Thus it becomes very important that prospective students do in-depth research and choose the B-school as per their fit. Experience the environment first-hand. We’ve seen two such applicants sit in our class to get the experience of proceedings, pedagogy and what the school has to offer.  I believe these sample classes are very good opportunities to get a feel of the school environment and should be exercised while making the decision.

If you have already zeroed upon a B-School in a Non-English speaking country, I imagine that you have made all the arguments for your decision. IMO, if one is thinking of doing an MBA, his/her goal in life is to be more close to the customer so that more value can be delivered (through any product/service). It is very important to identify the post-MBA market and have a view of that as well. Then it follows logically, that it will be important for you to speak customer’s language (literally). At least one should be good in humor in the language that customer speaks.  So, with this perspective, HSG is offering German classes for MBA students [going on 3 days  a week, 0800 – 0920). Another feat of St. Gallen MBA – Focusing on the market and bridging the gap 🙂

Just an update on the proceedings: Got 2 more guest speakers giving the perspective of entering a market from Corporate and Government perspectives. One of the speakers was VP at HP-Computers division and the other was from the Canton office of Economy. Banking Days are coming up (from 10 – 21 oct) and all the slots are full. Real opportunity for the people with financial backgrounds and banking as a post-MBA career. We also have been assigned group case study project for Marketing sessions. Time to squeeze every drop of creativity from group members!

The first fortnight into my MBA

So the first fortnight is over. HSG-MBA started with an orientation program. School took us to the city tour, helped us in registering at Canton office and with the basic stuff (housing, insurances, storage etc). HSG MBA building is separated from the main university campus by a few flight of stairs. So the university is uphill and the MBA building is commonly known as down-hill. We had a tour of uphill campus, got our photos done for CV book. The class was also taken for a full day outdoor team building exercise on the Swiss mountains. Was kind of good!

And then was the real start. Core-I started with International Management, Marketing & Communications, Statistics and Finance. Professors are knowledgeable and energetic. Career services team has also sprung into action. Had a LIFO session and CV writing workshop. International Management professor brought along-with him the first guest speaker – Global HR head for a leading Mining & Chemicals company. So all in all a good beginning.

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..