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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: And the mountains beckoned
We have often heard the question: beach or mountains? There is a scientific study which claims link between personality and geography. Extroverts have a higher affinity towards beaches while introverts prefer mountains. While I like mountains and other wild landscapes, it is only an ocean which has always beckoned me with a magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into its beauty. That said, I’ve a strong inkling that the next ten months in such proximity to snow-capped peaks at a lakeside may alter my preference; though hopefully not my personality!

The first week at IMD almost ended in a blink with a plethora of activities. We were also briefly introduced to the start-up projects by the very dynamic Prof. Benoit. The start-up project will provide us an opportunity to unstructured problem solving and in Professor’s words: “To be the engine behind the rocket”. We ended the first week with a retreat to the mountains in Chamonix, France.

The class of 90 with some of the faculty landed on Friday evening at a cosy hotel in Chamonix to be treated by a traditional fondue dinner, introducing our palates to the jewels of the swiss culinary delights. The class bonding was on full display when the conversations refused to die down till wee hours of the morning despite fatigue from previous week.

The sun shone almost splendidly next morning, as if it also wanted to ensure that we relished our time in Chamonix, snowshoeing. Like how the environment at IMD has united to create a lasting experience for the MBA class. Chamonix is popular for winter sports and was the site of the first winter Olympics. The importance of the place almost draws a parallel with the privilege that each of us feel at IMD every day. For the uninitiated, snowshoeing is a form of hiking in the snow using a special snow shoe footwear which helps to distribute the weight of a person over a larger area so that the person’s foot doesn’t sink into the snow. A four kilometre hike in the trails of Bouche des Tines and Les Bois in a snowy terrain, criss-crossed with odd streams and flora bearing the marks of the receded glaciers from the yore, offered magnificent panoramic views of Les Drues, the very famous Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks.

I’ve been to mountains on many occasions in the past and each time I’ve been humbled and strengthened by the silence and vast elevations of great mountains. It is impossible to tread such paths, consciously without enlargement of thought. A mountain summons one to climb their slopes, offering a very sweet nectar for all the preparation and toil when reached at the top, albeit with a risk of cruel failure. This trip kindled another wave of enthusiasm amongst us. We returned to Lausanne later in the day, renewed with a fresh vigour to continue to attempt all summits in our journey and create meaning and success in each step.

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Where dreams meet reality
My name is Joyce Tsuchiya, from Brazil. I’m an ophthalmologist by training and I practiced for six years as a cataract surgeon and cornea specialist before deciding to pursue a career change. I come to IMD for a new challenge, big emotions and self development.

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Dreams are where we all started, high expectations and lots of hope. We arrived at IMD’s campus all keen on meeting each other, learning and eager for the new experiences to come. We had been listening for quite a while on how IMD’s program is comprehensive, and how it approaches business education from a holistic perspective. We heard about the experienced professors from whom we were going to learn and all the important people we would get to meet. But then, our dreams met reality, and we got hit head front by the first week of IMD’s insane schedule. By the 4th day I was already sleep deprived and started to question my sanity when I decided to pursue such program. It was a hectic, exhausting and an emotional week, and IMD was not about to let it end without a grand finale.

For the 5th day of our journey, we had two off-campus visits on our program, we were supposed to go to Genéve in order to visit EPFL’s (École Politechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) campus biotech and the CERN (read Martina’s post about that part of the visit here). Campus biotech is one of those places science folks dream about. – It is home to the Wyss Center and the Blue Brain Project.

The Blue Brain project is a brain mapping effort, its goal is to create a biologically detailed digital reconstruction of the rodent brain. But you could also call it ‘the perfect marriage between business and research’. BBP develops cutting edge research supported by a professional operation. The project management office controls and facilitates initiatives, in a methodology based on agile and waterfall. Every project must have a science lead, an engineering lead and a project manager.

In such environment, the most audacious ideas flourish. For instance, the e-dura, a flexible implant that can be used for many things, among them bridging a damaged spinal cord and the brain through a computerized interface, therefore restoring walking capability  to paralyzed patients. Or the neurohabilitation treatment that helps stroke patients recover movements. And a project very close to my heart, a retina implant based on tiny photovoltaic cells (20.000 of them!) that restore eyesight to blind people.

EPFL campus biotech is where dreams meets reality, where science meets business. A place where research is professionally managed and organized so that scientists get to build on each other’s work and all of this allows scientists to deliver actionable knowledge and give back to society. Thank you IMD, for taking us there and for showing us how business can be a powerful transformative force.

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Inspired and Humbled
While the first week was an awakening of sorts, the second week focused on the high level themes of the program- Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial.

The Entrepreneurship module started with a lecture on defining value in a business but the highlight was the introduction to the protagonist of our first case study- Robert Keane, CEO and founder of Cimpress N.V.. Extraordinary resilience and an incredible ability to change and adapt defined his story and it was enthralling to listen to it live in the class!! We were also introduced to the various factors affecting project success in a simulated game environment. It was a lot of fun collaborating with differing views and scarce resources to drive business value in a project.

Then we explored how digital has started defining winners and losers in today’s dynamic world. We learnt that using digital tools to define and execute business strategy has helped not only businesses but political players around the world. And we learnt that its not about the disruptor but always about the disruption and the need to stay agile and flexible to capitalize on opportunities.

From a global perspective we learnt about how some countries are defying expectations and contributing more to the growth of the world’s economy. From a leadership angle, we learnt about what was needed to become a successful leader in these emerging markets. We also took advantage to learn from the diversity of the class when we were introduced to the politics, economy and culture of 43 different nations in the Life before Microsoft presentation, something that has become a tradition at IMD.

Of all these amazing experiences, one thing stood out the most for me. We started the week with an inspiring story on how to lead in turbulent times by Dr. Tawfik Jelassi. And this summed up my decision to come to a business school and that is to meet incredible leaders and be inspired.

Having been through the turbulence of the Arab spring myself, it was no surprise that I connected instantly with Dr. Tawfik Jelassi’s incredible story. What at first seemed like a normal class on leadership quickly turned out to be a real face-to-face encounter with someone who has the resilience, tenacity and determination to not bend to the odds and still achieve results that were beyond any expectations. Listening to his life experiences was humbling and our own professional hardships were tiny specks compared to the gargantuan effort on his part to lead through those turbulent times.

How does then someone lead in an explosive, polarized, irrational and adversarial world? The takeaway offered by Dr. Jelassi was that emotional resilience is the key. And having the leadership team as your secure base is crucial. The hard choices that you will have to make then are backed up by the leadership team and this allows you to go beyond the unexpected and sometimes the seemingly impossible, even in the face of opposition. When everything is going against you, it’s crucial to stick to your beliefs, trust your instincts and stand by your values. Thank you Dr. Jelassi for this important lesson. We hope we have the chance to apply these lessons successfully.

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Mountain Retreat in Chamonix  [#permalink]

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Mountain Retreat in Chamonix
Back to the wilderness… a fantastic bonding experience amidst breathtaking scenery

Credit to Maksim Iavorskii for this awesome video!

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Drinking from a hose
My assessment of the last week can be summed up by a phrase- Drinking from a hose. We covered numerous cases from entrepreneurship, marketing and strategy and material from economics during the week and an extremely interesting assignment looking back at our industries on the weekend to close the week. It was an overload of content in a very short time, testing us on how to cope with such information and on how to develop our managerial abilities at the same time.

The group meanwhile has matured from the mere acquaintances stage to inter-dependency phase, which is characterized by group study sessions and sometimes enjoying the weather outside when we have sunshine. I will leave with you some pictures from the week. We are very lucky to have Lausanne as our ever fickle yet loyal friend. I’m grateful for the beautiful lake views that we are blessed with.

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And finally, thanks to the IMD extended social community for being so visible this year

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Drinking from a hose
My assessment of the last week can be summed up by a phrase- Drinking from a hose. We covered numerous cases from entrepreneurship, marketing and strategy and material from economics during the week and an extremely interesting assignment looking back at our industries on the weekend to close the week. It was an overload of content in a very short time, testing us on how to cope with such information and on how to develop our managerial abilities at the same time.

The group meanwhile has matured from the mere acquaintances phase to the inter-dependency phase, which is characterized by group study sessions and sometimes enjoying the weather outside when we have sunshine. I will leave with you some pictures from the week. We are very lucky to have Lausanne as our loyal friend. I’m grateful for the beautiful lake views that we are blessed with.

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And finally, thanks to the IMD extended social community for being so visible this year

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Featured image contributed by Fabiana Souza, MBA 2018

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: OneSky Start-up Project
Let’s set the scene: you started your MBA less than one month ago, you know more or less what a start-up and a drone is, and then, all of a sudden you make a deep dive into the discussion: what is drone industry really about? How does air traffic work? How are the regulations evolving? How does automation affect the technology roadmap? These are just a few of the questions that pop into your mind….With your 5 team mates and company founders, you start from scratch.

We are thrilled to be the first ones to share our experience of the IMD MBA start-up projects!

This project is a tremendous opportunity to have a hands-on involvement with a start-up, whilst working to contribute to the real world with our experiences and learnings to create value and have an impact.

For our team, the sky will be the limit. Literally.

Out of the 15 start-ups selected by IMD through a competition, we shortlisted OneSky, a Swiss start-up based in Lausanne aims at opening the sky to autonomous drone applications with real-time air traffic data.

We had our first meeting with OneSky last week and we got to know the 3 co-founders, listened to their stories, ideas, challenges, vision and, above all, their passion.

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The weekend after this first contact, we exchanged our first insights and aligned our understandings during a barbecue they organized on the company premises. Quickly the similarities between being an MBA candidate and start-up entrepreneur became apparent; both parties rarely enjoy a free week-end and thrive on building a solid relationship with people in their peer group in order to support them through their challenging path.

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Through this 4-month project, we will be working with OneSky as a team. Our goal is to help them to grow faster and aim to a practical and concrete output. We already have key elements to develop new insights and contribute to the business models, entry strategy, user cases, marketing approaches, and who knows…maybe the sky is not the limit after all!

“Lucky Team 13”

Team members: Andre Cepeda and Rafael Zarpao (Brazilians), Ash Nagpal ( Australian), Damini Sud (Indian), Oriane Perryman-Holt (French) and Raj Ramful (Mauritian).

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Life before Microsoft  [#permalink]

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Life before Microsoft
What are three historic events that shaped humanity? That was the first question asked by our Economics professor as we held our first session of a module designed to investigate historical events that shaped modern economic systems and understand some of the cultural and geographical intricacies that influenced the way we do business in modern times. The class discussions spanned events from how the Pharaohs shaped the Egyptian civilization to the invention of the steam engine and the dot.com era, and everything in between.

As we concluded the classroom modules designed to make us reflect as a team on notions such as John Locke’s idea of democracy and Adam Smith’s concept of decentralized markets, we prepared for an evening of cultural reflection where our cohort would be split up into different teams representing their cultural background and presenting some of their most compelling contributions to humanity. We had 90 people from 44 nationalities represented by 9 cultural groups, and we took turns sharing historical events that shaped each of our region’s economic and political states. Besides the eye-opening experience of learning about each other’s history, we dressed up and danced to Indian tunes, while jamming to Brazilian samba music. It was a fitting conclusion to an educational module designed to kick off the cohort’s MBA journey, one that will bring us closer through understanding each other’s unique cultural differences and allow us to perform not in spite of them, but because of them.

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 
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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Breathe & Let Go!
Despite being in love with sea, on every beach vacation, I would happily stay on shore- side and longingly watch people enjoy water activities. For those who know me, getting inside water was like my kryptonite! Last summer, I decided enough is enough and decided to go for a tandem scuba diving on my vacation in the beautiful island of Koh-Tao. Immediately as we dived in, panic almost hit me and I was like, “what the hell am I doing”? I was claustrophobic, almost gasping for air and felt extremely strange. And suddenly like that, I just decided to breathe, let go of my anxiety and trust my instructor. It was almost surreal as I became aware of the exquisiteness enveloping me. The slight shimmer of the sunlight penetrating through the depths, the silence clogging my ears, the bubbles screaming up and down and the colorful aquatic world was finer than most experiences so far.

A large part of my decision to come to IMD was driven by the leadership stream offered here. Despite managing a multinational team, I was often left perplexed by what was really driving my behavior and its impact on people around me. Call it lack of understanding of human psyche or limited self-awareness or may be a combination of both. I always avoided delving too much into it as I was quite afraid of finding something disagreeable.

The leadership stream for the year at IMD begins with providing us an impetus towards developing a deeper insight into one’s own behavior through exposure to various tools, frameworks and situations through the IMD’s very popular leadership lab. Self-aware teams can manage conflict easier, capitalize on each other’s strengths and develop higher resilience.

The last few days in the leadership lab pushed me to get over my fear and scuba dive into the subconscious level of my mind and discover blind spots which I had been almost oblivious to through huge part of my existence.  The success of the entire experience largely rests into taking that leap of faith.  However, once we decide to take that chance, we have our cohort and a leadership coach to be our tandem guides for the rest of that dive.

Difficult as it may sound, but finding that psychological security in my team was the first part of my experience.  Then identifying those not so pleasant traits of my personality and finally taking baby steps towards managing them or as our leadership professor says, becoming comfortable with writing with the wrong hand.  This experience also made me aware of how I had built just a scaffolding around and did not really reinforce the core foundations while trying to get rid of certain habits over the years.  Hence, exposing me to crumbling with perhaps even mild earthquakes in those areas.

For us as a team, we are discovering a whole new way of collaborating and a higher empathy towards each other. I can already observe the impact of tiny changes in micro habits by each of us, thus slowly propelling us towards becoming an ‘A Team’ Image

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Peeling the layers
Go back to a time when you encountered roadblocks while working in and leading teams. What if these roadblocks were a manifestation of a personality pattern instead of an operational roadblock. And what if through practice and learning these roadblocks can be prevented from popping up again.

We had the privilege of going through an intensive process of iterative team games and self-reflection to figure out how best to lead and contribute to healthy team dynamics last week. Based on an approach of self-awareness, goal setting, understanding how to get there and a system of continuous feedback & support, the Leadership Lab helped my team to gel together and for us individuals in the team to be more self-aware and iron out our flaws in order to reach the maximum outcome as a team. At the end of this exhaustive process, it was heartening to see class members share their deep personal drawbacks and in the process bond more as a cohort.

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A history of working in tough locations and being constantly on the move even during times of personal crises has made me grow many layers around my core personality and it was enriching to experience the peeling of these layers through constant feedback and coaching sessions. I was able to learn why and how I behave in different settings and how best to understand and train my mind to deal with these emotions. Indeed I was able to understand what part of my life caused these patterns and why I relapse into certain behaviors. I’m looking forward to the next leg of the leadership exercise that is the Personal Development Elective. The intent is to take these learnings and dive further into the psyche in order to unravel these behaviors and learn how best to navigate difficult situations.

One of the main reasons for me to choose IMD was the leadership component of the program. It is the only the start of the component but the quality of the experience and the content of the training has exceeded my expectations. It’s a privilege to receive such training at the beginning of our management careers rather than in senior management and I believe all of us will benefit from the learnings and the outcome.

Needless to say, we had to quickly get back on our feet to deal with a busy week ahead. Strategy cases, accounting assignments and economics readings have a knack of pulling you out of your inner layers. Until next weekend.

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*Featured image1: Team- Work in Progress- Ana ,Hans, Gerardo, Kshitij, Paula and I

*Featured image2: Our team logos- IMD dungeons

P.S. Team Work in Progress for the win!!!

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Pallavi believes ‘Life is a promise’


Our first profile is Pallavi Aaron :

“Life is a promise, fulfill it” these famous words by Mother Teresa best describe my motto in life. Born and raised in India, the things closest to my heart are family, yoga, meditation and Bollywood music. I also love being outdoors especially if it involves hiking, camping, running and tennis.

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Before coming to IMD, I spent eight years working in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry in multiple roles. Most recently, I was working US affiliate of the Danish pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk in a Market Access Strategy and Innovation role. My love for the healthcare industry, and desire to have a greater impact on it, is what brought me to IMD.

What core values identify with your journey?

I am a true believer in ‘If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’. My journey so far has been driven by my passion, hard work and a desire to make an impact. I commit myself to continuous learning and I am excited for this one year of holistic and intense learning experience at IMD.

Tell us about a fun incident from your IMD experience so far

The recently concluded leadership lab and activities that followed during a trip to Crêt-Bérard were among the most stimulating experiences of my life. A full day of structured yet fun outdoor exercises involving blindfolds, dirt and snow was designed to deliver awe inspiring leadership and life lessons.

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: EcoRobotix Startup Project
“Real world learning”. Those words are part of IMD’s mission statement and you could easily assume that it’s just a marketing tagline. However, that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. This week we jumped head first into entrepreneurship and, more specifically, into the real world demands of a start-up. Only a few weeks into the program and we already have the opportunity to make real-world business impact and not just sit around talking about theory. For the next four months, six of us will be knee-deep in business analysis, strategy development, and ideation for an actual start-up called EcoRobotix.

At some other business schools, if you do badly on an assignment the worst that can happen is you get a low grade. Here, if you don’t push yourself and deliver something meaningful, you will actually hurt somebody’s business and, more importantly, jeopardize someone’s dream. It’s a great responsibility and a fantastic way to motivate people to deliver the true value that a startup actually needs.

“Low herbicide robotic weeding” – that’s not exactly your first thought when someone mentions innovation, but take a look at the video and you’ll feel inspired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKZfjtPquzs

EcoRobotix has created a value proposition that sits at the intersection of technology, innovation, and environmental thoughtfulness. The founders, Aurelien and Steve, saw a major problem in the farming industry– every year, two million tons of pesticides are used globally often with over 90% wastage – and decided to tackle it with technology. Best of all, they’re doing it with a really cool looking robot!

Our team’s goal is to bring some of our newly developed strategic and analytical skills to help EcoRobotix with their market positioning. So here’s looking forward to team-work, hard-work, and hopefully, meaningful and impactful work. We can’t wait !

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The EcoRobotix team from left to right: Aurélien Demaurex (founder) , Joyce Tsuchiya, Satoshi Yamamoto, Eric Lucien (Venture Capitalist), Edward Park, Candice Gallagher, Sandeep Sharma and Piotr Pociej.

http://www.ecorobotix.com/en/

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Snowshoes as a way to get to know each other
Professor Knut Haanaes joined IMD in 2017 and is currently the Deputy Dean of the MBA program and a professor of Strategy at IMD. His research interests are related to strategy, digital and sustainability. Before joining IMD, Professor Haanaes was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group. At BCG he served as the global leader of the strategy practice and led the BCG offices in Geneva and Oslo. From 2012-2014, he was a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on New Economic Growth Models. He is also co-author of the bestselling book “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy” published in 2015 by Harvard Business Review Press, which has been translated into seven languages.

While he has not yet started teaching in the MBA program, here he shares with us his introduction to the class of 2018.

I am from Norway, so I have had my dose of snow. And I love skiing, both downhill and cross country. But neither is as suited to chatting, laughing and socializing as is snowshoeing. As I don’t yet teach the MBAs, my only touch points with the MBA class so far have been limited to the occasional chats around campus and the weekend mountain retreat at the end of the first week. But I already feel that I know the class a bit, largely from the fondu and snowshoeing we shared in Chamonix, exploring little-used paths, connecting to nature and enjoying the sunshine.

So here is my takeaway: there is no better icebreaker than snowshoeing! And I encourage a lot of “snowshoeing” together through 2018!

As from April, I’ll get to spend more time with the MBAs and look forward to getting to know them even better through two courses which belong together: “Strategy 2” (following on from the course taught by Professor Misiek Piskorski) and “Business and Society”. In these two courses we will engage on some of the most interesting business topics of our day. We will also have some very interesting guests coming to class, like Marco Lambertini (General Director of WWF) and José Lopes (the recent COO of Nestlé) as well as others.

Later in the program I will be designing the new Digital Lab which takes place in September and will also work with the MBAs on the ICP approach and projects. And hopefully, there will be more snowshoeing-type activities to enjoy!

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Rafael celebrates Brazilian carnaval
 

It’s carnival and time to celebrate!!!

Brazilian culture is very well known for its vibrancy. From the creativity of its football players to the beauty of its beaches on the coast, the country receives tourists from all over the world every year. In this sense, the carnival is probably the best example of celebration which symbolizes enjoyment, music and creativity all together.

I was born in Brazil and have had the chance to enjoy many carnivals in different cities, discovering the nuances that enrich each region of the country. At the age of 18, driven by my passion in science and mathematics, I decided to study Electrical Engineering.

Before coming to IMD, I worked in the Oil & Gas industry for 7 years and this brought me to live in UAE, the Netherlands, USA and Venezuela. After that, I had the chance to run my own business, a small restaurant in the countryside of Brazil.

 

One unique thing about myself:

In my childhood, I was fortunate enough to make good friends and create strong bonds with them. At 15 years old, we formed a rock and roll band and played in bars and small festivals for a few years. These are probably the best memories I have in life.

My vision of the ideal work environment:

I believe that an ideal work environment has an adequate balance of good structure and enjoyment. In a well-structured atmosphere, people will feel safe to share and contribute to the team, always with respect to their peers but also keeping in mind that the enjoyment and passion on their job is essential for success.

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Breakfast Buffet
Week 5 of the program just finished. We are all past the stage of polite introductions, acknowledgements and acquaintance. Everyone now has relatable experiences to bind them together. Sleepless nights, business cases, leadership lab and the upcoming personal development elective. Conveniently we are starting to see a beautiful cohesion in the content taught at the program and also in the group work we are assigned to complete.

Throughout the week, we learnt how to position a company in the market using its competitive advantage. We also learnt what it meant to enter a mature and competitive market and conversely how to respond to such an entry. We looked at some of the most operationally efficient companies in the world and analyzed their value chains to understand and quantify the competitive advantage. We got an interesting introduction to Finance and got first hand experience on how to build internal cash flows for evaluating several strategies of a business. All of this tied into our increasing understanding of microeconomics, regulation and partnerships. Its quite impressive how this much information got condensed into a week and even more impressive how we’ve been able to keep up with the content. It felt like we’ve been served all of this introductory content as a humongous buffet. Can’t wait to see what’s up for lunch.

Even with so much happening in the class, some of us found time to self-reflect, hit the gym, square off at table tennis and go out to some famous spots in Lausanne. All in all a very eventful week at IMD.

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Feature image: Aptly, I decided to get some breakfast buffet and watch the snowflakes settle on a quiet Sunday

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For this week, I asked some of my classmates for their opinions on the program and the content:

“I don’t think you can truly appreciate the poetic beauty hidden in a fully integrated and meticulously coordinated MBA course load until your Economics professor quotes your Marketing professor in good-humor at 8am on a sunny Friday morning… Coffee in hand, lake in backdrop, 90 people chuckling in unison – IMD, you rock! :D” – Veronika Raszler

“IMD is full of surprises. In trying to find a method in this madness, I have turned some acquaintances into friends and also started an exciting journey of learning and self awareness. Just waiting to see how the coming 10 months will unfold.” – Sonia Sachdeva

“My first weeks at IMD flew by in the blink of an eye. I hardly believe that a month has passed since I met 89 extraordinary colleagues who will surely become life-time friends. IMD has managed to constantly surprise me with inspiring and fascinating classes. This month has shown me that the journey will be intense but extremely rewarding!”  – Guilerme Mendes

“IMD’s MBA has been a great start to my leadership development journey. The learning has challenged my assumptions and changed the lens through which I see the world around me. It has been a truly transformational experience. I’m really excited about the rest of the year and beyond.” – Praveen Sam
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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: MBAs roll of their sleeves and get involved with Startups!
It’s been barely a month since the beginning of the course and the class is already busy working on their respective startups.

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OneSky
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Feeltronix

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Coatchecker
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FIXtech
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PersonalData.IO
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ecoRobotics
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EBA-Med
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Twice
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nanoleq
 

Avalia systems, AVAtronics, Bloomio, Komp-Act, Luckabox and Matchmore round up the rest of the companies the IMD MBAs are working with.

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Deadlines and events
We are excited to see a record number of women applicants from our first admissions deadline for the class of 2019 !

The second application deadline, April 1st, is typically one of our strongest deadlines, with various advantages:

  • the group is still in the early stages of being formed, so you are not competing in terms of diversity against others who have been accepted
  • if accepted, you have plenty of time to organise the logistics of preparing for your MBA year (leaving your job, finding housing, exploring family options, etc)
  • an opportunity of being considered for the CHF 50K Class of 1976 Merit Scholarship (awarded to the best all-round applicant from the April deadline), as well as our other on-going scholarships
If you to get to know us better, and to ask questions about the new program and admissions features, we have lots of events lined up for the next couple of months:

17 Feb: Zurich Masterclass

22 Feb: Virtual Visit

3 March: Paris QS Women in Leadership

3 March: London MBA Centre Court

5 March: Geneva QS Connect

6 March: Zurich QS Connect

10 March: Munich E-fellows

10 March: London QS Women in Leadership

14 March: On-campus Visit

15 March: Copenhagen QS Connect

22 March: Virtual Visit

Please register if you would like to join us!

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FROM IMD Admissions Blog: Saba advocates healthcare access for all
“You have brains in your head

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself any direction you choose”

Dr. Seuss

I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I became familiar with his books when I was a little girl, listening to the iconic stories about imaginative characters that got my mind going. As an adult, I have come to appreciate the whimsical language and the poignant and inspirational messages that transcend through those glossy, colorful pages.

My name is Saba Yasini and I am an Iranian American, born in Tehran, Iran and raised in sunny California. I have a knack for putting myself in and adapting to unfamiliar situations, which is what initially brought me to where I am today: at IMD in Switzerland.

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For the past seven years, I’ve been working as a contracts negotiator managing international contracts at various pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Two years ago, I moved to Switzerland to take on a job assignment at Intuitive Surgical, a surgical robotic company, to create a contracts management infrastructure. As a big advocate of “healthcare access for all”, I would like to focus my future efforts on market entry and redefining risks factors determining such decisions and I hope IMD will equip me with the knowledge and skills to pursue these goals.

How does success look like to me?

Success for me is more of a path paved with lots of learning and self- exploration than a destination. Post IMD graduation, I’m confident I will be able to apply these learnings in a career that will simultaneously reward and challenge me… And will I succeed? In words of Dr. Seuss: “Yes you will indeed! 98 ¾ percent guaranteed.”

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“The Room of Spirit and Time” is the room where warriors have unique training and refine their spirits. This room is depicted in the Japanese animation, Dragon Ball. One day in this room equals one year in the real world. It is how one Japanese alumnus described IMD to me and now I know exactly what he meant. Exactly!

Although I am surprised about how tough program is, I have also come to realize that I am very happy to work with my classmates. Life at IMD is tough, but alumni I speak to always tell me they would go back to IMD if they could. And I am already assured that my experience here will be one of the best highlights in my life. This is all about people. Surrounded by the right people in the right place. I can’t wait to see where else this adventurous journey takes me.

Before coming to IMD, I spent ten years in agricultural commodity trading in Japan and Singapore covering markets in Japan and Southeast Asian countries. As a trader, I travelled to more than ten countries including USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I have always been happy to visit new places and meet new people.

I love team sports such as baseball and volleyball but due to current time constraints, I have started training for a marathon, bike and swimming. I would like to train and join a triathlon competition in Switzerland if time allows. (if…)

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Passionate, curious, dynamic and resilient.

I’m Neharika from India and have spent majority of my life experiencing the cultures and contrast across some of the largest cities in India.

I’ve my own version of the very popular Paulo Coelho quote: “when you want something bad enough, work so hard (and smart) that the entire universe is forced to conspire in helping you achieve it”

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My professional experience spans 9.75 years in business development, client management & revenue enhancement through providing consulting services for FMCG and financial services global clients. I started with Morgan Stanley Capital International and post 6.5 years, transitioned to Absolutdata, a boutique advanced analytics & services firm, leading the marketing analytics team.

 Tell us one unique thing about yourself

I spent about 5 months sailing around the world on an LPG carrier (can be easily compared to a large truck on water Image
) without any internet or modern means of communication. To make it even more adventurous, we crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice in the middle of stormy winters!! 

 

I would consider my life successful and well spent if it is full of inspiring conversations; I meet and lead unique and talented people; and create an impact at each and every step of my life.

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