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Welcome to all CBS Copenhagen full time MBA applicants! Use this platform to know each-other, build network, exchange ideas/information, discuss application strategies, share interview /school visit experiences, and boost one-another's morale to face the tough admission process.

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We request all applicants to add Copenhagen's MBA program to your MBA timeline so that the applicant stats displayed in the first post reflect true picture of admissions. While adding the program, MAKE SURE you are setting it for graduation year i.e. 'Class of 2018'.

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An
industry giant, Søren Skou, group CEO of Maersk, opened the first MBA
alumni event of the 2017 academic year.
The timing could not have been more apt, especially with the current
transformations taking place within the Maersk group.  One would be hard-pressed to find a more open
and engaging leader. “I only have a nine-slide presentation. So please,
feel free to ask any questions, and I promise not to get offended”. With
that opening salvo, we were off to a good start, and he did not disappoint.
He
took us through the developments that had created the burning platform for the
changes within the Maersk group, his secrets to success and leadership
principles all in just nine slides. For those who were not present but have
aspirations of one day leading one of the biggest Danish companies, here are
some of his tips on preparing for the role:
  • Be
    curious
    - “Make sure to keep your toolbox updated.”
  • Raise
    your hand
    - “Step forward and take responsibility for outcomes.”  
  • Work
    hard
    – “Work-life balance is a myth. No one gets to the top by working
    eight-hour days.”
Perhaps
the most impressive of his personal traits was his candour when asked about his
biggest career/leadership failures. With great humility, he explained that his
most significant mistake had been people related. While he wishes he had not
made some of the bad investments, the failures he most wishes to take back were
those where he had passively watched as key members of his team failed to
deliver on what was required.
Overall,
it was a great evening and quite a few of the attendants were inspired by his
leadership experiences. Two full-time MBA students had this to say about their
take-away from the session.
“It
was a wonderful experience listening to Søren Skou. He was very candid in his responses, and we
got to learn a lot about the direction in which Maersk is moving towards.“

"I
learnt that the courage to accept mistakes from previous roles and thinking of
them as stepping stones is key to the makings of a leader.”
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: Life in the green lane
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“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.” - Hans Christian Andersen
I moved to Copenhagen (CPH) a week before our pre-MBA module. Both my wife & I embarked on a journey of a life time. Between the both of us, we had not travelled outside of India before. The move was planned such that there would be enough time to find a home for the coming year in the new city.
In the beginning as we lived in various locations in Copenhagen (CPH) and its suburbs we used bikes to travel everywhere. My first impression of CPH is that cycling is a way of life in Denmark and that the city has taken cycling to the next level. I was amazed to see the importance given to the cycling infrastructure. What I read and learned (more out of curiosity), that the city has its own ‘Bicycle Strategy 2011 -2025’ with objectives of enhancing and making cycling a richer experience altogether.
Cykleslangen (the bicycle snake), Bryggebroen, the newly inaugurated kissing bridge are a few iconic cycling infrastructures in CPH which emphasises the love for cycling Danes have. From kids to families, students to working professionals (in suits) to crazy enthusiasts (in their biking suits) and the elderly, bike at their own pace in the cycle lanes. The best sight so far has been to see pets (especially dogs) being zoomed around in specially made ‘Christania’ bikes. For my wife and I, not even 24 hours in CPH, we had rented bikes to get around; just after a week we had bought our very own bikes.
I feel that cycling is the way to get around and live the dream in CPH. The infrastructure is seamlessly built for convenience and safety. The experience on a bike takes you from bustling streets of the city to vast expanse of lush green fields in the suburbs, from old European architecture in the city centre to modern architecture and a developing skyline in Ørestad to various canals, gardens and golf clubs – cycling in CPH has everything to offer.
As I pen down these thoughts, I am still in awe with the ‘Bicycle Strategy’ developed by the government and my 6 weeks tete-a-tete with cycling is nascent that as time passes I will add more adventures to my ‘CPH Cycling Diary’.
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Before my boyfriend wanted an adventure abroad and before I decided that that was my cue to fulfil my MBA dream, I had never heard of The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). I didn’t know what to expect, and let’s say; perhaps it was better that way. If you are thinking about taking the GMAT at some point, and you are a non-math lawyer like me (probably not, but still), just stop reading, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and enjoy the rest of your evening.
January 2, 2016, still excited about the choices that were going to change my life in a positive way, I started reading ‘The Official Guide for GMAT’. On page one I read: ‘The GMAT is a standardised exam used in admission decisions by more than 5,200 graduate management programs worldwide. It helps you to demonstrate to schools, your academic potential for success in graduate level management studies.’ Okay, perfect, let the journey begin!
The GMAT exam is divided into a
quantitative and a verbal part. Since my job required me to write and analyse
texts, I wasn’t worried about the verbal portion and headed straight for the quantitative exercises.
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The GMAT developers have a specific way of questioning that I, and many others, haven’t experienced before. This is really frustrating when you are beginning your preparations but in the end is also an opportunity; to learn how to deal with the questions. As a non-math lawyer, I had to first re-learn my high school math. I practised countless exercises from the book, internet and from a pretty nice app on my phone. However, I wish for no-one the hopelessness I felt during the preparation towards the exam. I also wish for no other boyfriends to have to bear with their non-math lawyer-girlfriends studying for the GMAT…
But, the practice paid off. At the exam, I knew what was expected of me and that enabled me to be focused during the 3.5 hour exam.  I recognised many exercises from the GMAT-book which had a calming effect on me. So, from my own experience, I can promise you that you can prepare for the GMAT. Just do it at your own pace and be sure to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Focus on those weaknesses during the preparation and use the tools you find on the internet to your advantage.
And the silver lining came during my first MBA courses; I realised I really needed the math that I have been practicing in the programme. I would have never thought I would say this but, I am actually really glad that I took the GMAT. So, if there are any non-math lawyers still reading this, do not panic and start practicing, it will help you get into the programme you want, and also help you get through the MBA itself…
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: A Number's Game: Using Big Data in Business
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It seems only yesterday our MBA journey
started. The weeks are flying and the same can be said for the courses.  The amazing Dolores Morales recently guided
us through - Analytics and Big Data. It consisted of regression, risk analysis,
optimisation and decision analysis, as well as “big data in the business
world” - this was conducted at lightning speed, true to the fast-paced
nature of the Full-Time MBA.
Without going into too many details, but reflect
on the implications Big Data has (and can have) on all known industries is
worth a paragraph. Eric Schmidt, of Google, said in 2010 “There were 5
Exabyte of information created between the dawn of civilisation through 2003 -
that information is now created every two days”. I would not be surprised if
the rate of data created is closely related to Moore’s law, thus making it
nearly impossible to fathom the amount of data created and gathered today.
The obvious thing to come to mind when referring
to Big Data is the World Wide Web, and our movement in this intricate ocean of
data is logged one way or another. We are targeted by marketing based on search
history, location, presumed age, and (probably) a hundred other factors. This also
happens in real time, hence the sudden adverts for Völkl skies on my Facebook
wall only minutes after I search for offers. Automatic algorithms take care of
the latter, but in many instances humans with very particular skills swiftly
work their way through huge amounts of data – cataloguing, see trends and
perhaps figuring out where the next pandemic outbreak will be, and based on
people’s medical footprints.
With a background as an engineer and
part-time data analyst I relate to points raised by Davenport and Patil in
their 2012 article “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st
Century” - This “new” breed of professionals, “a hybrid of data hacker,
analyst, communicator, and trusted advisor”, is still a rare mix not seen too
often. In a world of increasing data it is imperative one has the ability to bring
structure to large quantities of formless data to make analysis possible - be
able to convey opportunities, possibilities and results, in a clear concise way
to anyone not fluent in Python and R.
The business opportunities using big data are
immense, and it’s far from just marketing that benefit from this. Through the use and application of big-data analytics,
pharmaceutical firms have developed strategies leading to the optimisation of
innovation processes, improved research and clinical trial efficiencies, improving
not only the return on investment of the product pipelines, but also the
quality of life of their patients in a shorter time span and with optimised
results.
It is beyond question that we are in the
era of Big Data. Information gathering will never stop and will only increase outcomes.
Business opportunities flourish, and higher transparency seen through the cases
of Snowden, Wikileaks and Panama Papers. Privacy issues still raise questions on
regulating the gathering and use of data concerning people’s habits,
whereabouts and personal information. Uncle Ben in the Spiderman-trilogy said
it well “…with great power comes great responsibility" and I believe this
holds true for information and Big Data - the opportunities are endless, but
limitations and regulations for use are imperative.
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Hi Everyone, I got admitted into Copenhagen Business School for 2017 intake. Looking forward to being in Copenhagen in September. Excited to know who my future classmates would be.

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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: MBA: A personal take on a Global Experience.
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Looking at this picture and considering
to write something of meaning for the blog. It’s not that I have nothing to
say, my classmates kindly point out that I could be somewhat more mild in my
externalisations. It’s the simple fact that this picture sums up my past months.
After almost 10 years of work experience, it is a welcome change in a broader
sense to figure out and ponder my personal aspirations, my limits but most
importantly, how the Danish grading system works.
Let’s roll back a little and
leave philosophy for later. Let’s start by saying that this picture was taken
on a weekend, like many others, spent discerning the intricacies of group exercises,
lectures, projects, personal portfolios for alumni breakfasts, or figuring out
what you are going to do the coming week, whether you will be able to fit in
Danish class, go to the opera, or manage to see that Champion’s League football
match and still complete the readings without fainting.

The most apparent aspect of this picture is that
no two persons are alike, few have similar experiences, and even if they do,
the differences are oceans apart. No two nationalities are alike either, you could
be representing your country, but that tension melts away (in my lucky case) when
your national counterpart in class balances you out. I have to say I was amazed
by this fact the moment we presented in the first week of class. It’s a great
indicator of how in this program you are seen as the sum of who you are and how
you both complement and be complemented by the person next to you. The
representation, the atmosphere gives you the means to express

and give voice to your life and
how you live not only as a student but most importantly as a person.
My classmates are fathers, mothers,
some have stepped out of their country for the first time, others have yet to
decide what place they truly call home, others have more passports than Jason
Bourne himself and somewhere in between you get all shades of colours and
experiences. In my personal view, sometimes being in Denmark almost fades to
the background, given this diversity. But you get reminded very quickly when
the wind blows in your face at minus 10 degrees, and subtract another 10 when
you try and bike like the locals.
Returning to the picture, it
worth noting that this group was not formed out of a mandate, no one told us we
had to stick together. Yes, there are group assignments as part of the program,
but it’s the will to help that characterises in this instance. Most of the time
it starts with a message on WhatsApp, and ends with papers scattered and group
discussions on if it’s worth rearticulating and so forth. Then there is me, the
background doing statistics, lost as “Pi”
Pitel in the book “The life of Pi” with the tiger being statistics, singing
“losing my religion” from R.E.M (I don’t know if you know the lyrics, but the
second verse starts with “that’s me in
the corner, that’s me in the spot…”) You can pretty much see from my face (the
guy in the corner) that I was simply letting “the experts think” because I was
still stuck in theory.

In conclusion, there is no better thing than to
find that sweet spot which I’m striving to keep and maintain in this program. To
learn as much as you can from the lessons, the professors and others but at the
same time to be conscious that maybe you might be of aid to your fellow
classmates as well, and that your take on the world might give an edge in an
essay, or in a thought process or learning method. You might learn something
new just by being who you are, all in all a truly cooperative attitude. I might
end up having the same face yet again in the upcoming months, what I know for
sure is that I can ask for help and always be lent an open hand.
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: Reflections on the Leadership Discovery Program – the early days
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The Leadership
Discovery Program (LDP) runs like a thread through the year and completely breaks
the pattern of the other mandatory courses. As you have probably read, here the
focus is on our soft skills. In my experience of leaders to date, be it in
sports or at work, soft skills have often made the difference between a good
and a great leader.
This course guides us
in figuring out our leadership approach and from my experience so far I can
definitely say that the course creates space for self-discovery. I have found
it useful to be put in a position where I have to make time to reflect.
When we started this
journey in September I was not sure what was in store. As we have bonded as a class
over the last few months, I quickly realised that the opportunities to experiment
in finding our personal leadership styles are plentiful in this supportive
environment. Stepping outside my comfort zone is starting to no longer feel as
daunting.
Having had a team
retreat in November, the apprehension for the infamous Sweden trip grows. As in
former years, everyone is under strict instruction not to tell the ’17 class
what lies ahead when we travel to Sweden for a week in April. At the rate time
flies, we will be there before we know it. I for one have started to really
look forward to this unknown!
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: Managing Sustainable Corporations - What’s the secret?
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Managing sustainable corporations (MSC) is one of the core courses
of the Copenhagen Fulltime-MBA programme. It is one of those courses which is
extensive and theoretical and covers various dimensions of responsible
management but without a book in sight.

The course may suggest that the students will walk through
sustainable business development strategies and address the most talked about theme
these days - ‘climate change’; but it hinges more on 'Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR)’.

Sustainability is a subset of the broader CSR agenda which is a
part of business strategy with social, ethical and economical responsibility towards
the larger society. This is one of the first myth’s that’s clarified as the
course starts and gradually builds up.

We had guest speakers from leading Danish corporations to Parliamentary
leaders including leading NGO’s who shared more on evolving areas like
sustainability reporting.  These guest
lectures and the case based teaching module adds a different flavour to our learning
overall.

As the course comes to an end, we slide away from real time cases
and experiences to make a connection between basic values such as integrity,
courage, trust and the CSR agenda.  Linking
together the other courses in the programme - leadership, marketing; MSC focuses
on the communication aspect and what its role can be in driving the CSR agenda
in an organisation. In a complex globalised world like ours, we feel the need
of having effective leadership at the helm.

The MSC coursework might leave some with grey areas in the
underlying theme of responsible management. The course doesn’t serve itself on a
platter and tells you what’s right and what’s not. It gives you the overarching
framework to determine those decisions as a future leader yourself, outside of
considering the shareholder’s interest but taking into view the bigger and
greater stakeholder’s interest. The course structure and teaching pushes you to
question your personal approach whilst solving the case studies.

Ultimately, there are no secret ingredients in running a socially
responsible yet profitable business; it’s the basic value framework involving
integrity, trust and courage
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: The Task At Hand: Facing a Trump America
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In a
recent piece for the Financial Times’ MBA Blog, I spoke to the shocks of the
recent inauguration of Mr. Trump in the U.S. and the vote for Brexit in the UK.
These events are creating many setbacks to the strides we have taken recently
in favour of human rights and combating climate change. But they are also
catalysts for positive change for the individuals who are fired up and ready to
go stand up for what matters most.
As Eleanor
Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the
thing you think you cannot do.”
We fear regression, but there is
much we can do.

I spoke with my classmates (representative of countries from all around the world), my
professors, and visiting speakers and here is a little bit of inspiration to
get you started.
For Employers / Employees:
·       
Recognise the power of business. Do not be ignorant to your own
influence. There is no such thing as an a-political corporation in the polarised
climate under which we are operating today. Every decision must be
intentional.
·       
Create meaningful working class
jobs. 
If your
consumers are voting pro-nationalism, are they willing to pay a higher price
for locally sourced products? Can you source your products or raw materials
locally? Can you conduct market research to prove your case to investors? There
may even be a risk management case to make for keeping the supply chain close
for better transparency.
·       
Treat your employees with respect
and invest in their development. 
Look
at the most recently hired/promoted people at your company. Are they a diverse
group? Are you promoting from within? If not, chances are good that some of
your talent is falling through the cracks or not being developed. It may not be
intentional, but you can become aware of it and take strides to be sure you are
capitalizing on your best resource – your employees.
·       
If you have employees who may feel
marginalised or unsafe in the current social climate sparked by the
election, reach out and check-in with them.
Do they feel safe in their commute to work? (This has
been very relevant for many of my friends living in New York, so it is worth
asking.) Is there anything you can do to help? Has the office climate changed
at all for them? It is important that they are able to focus on doing a good
job without feeling marginalised or harassed at work. Keep tabs on this.
If handled with care, you will foster the establishment of a strong
working environment and retain your talented minority (women
included) workers.
·       
Look for business opportunities. What was the change you were
hoping for? Is there a gap in products/services today and the
products/services we need to achieve that change? Your next great
venture may just be hidden in the void.
You will
know best how these things must ultimately align with a clear business case
appropriate for your company, but it is important to point out those business
practices that shape our countries, our politics, and ultimately our
societies.
Investors:
·       
Divest
from energy companies who are not investing in the future.
Oil is booming
right now with the recent elections, but the future will hold a diverse
portfolio of energy sources. Companies who are only focused on fossil fuels are
resisting innovation.
·       
Be an
active voter in the companies you invest in.
If you hold stocks in
companies that are doing things that you do not support – underpaying workers,
polluting, vocalising racist sentiment – use your voice as a shareholder to
change things. Be active and let them know that as an owner you do not support
the way they are operating the business. Chances are high, you are not alone.
Get other investors involved.
·       
Invest in
companies that are good for people, planet, and profit.
There are many
resources for those interested in impact investing. Read up and put your money
where your values are.
On the personal side: invest in
values you care about.

Whatever they are, donate your time or money to the things that matter most.
Create the world you want to live in and that you want your children to live
in. Consider it a long-term investment.
The most
important thing ultimately is to do something. So get out there, and be active.

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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: MBA life in Copenhagen: A midwinter night’s tale
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I
come from a country that is renowned for its great weather, beautiful sunny
days that are ideal for sundowners at the end of a hectic day. There was even a
countrywide excitement when snow graced South Africa for the first time in
history; it is, however, debatable whether that was snow, or more like a light
version of hailstones. The point I am trying to make is that I don’t like the
cold, even my six years in Amsterdam has not changed this fact. So, imagine the
surprise of my friends when I decided to move to an even colder country to
follow my MBA studies.
Now
I could lie and say, Copenhagen is not that cold or that it has made me fall in
love with the cold, but this would be stretching the element of truth a tad bit
too much. However, what I can honestly say, is that I have come to respect and
even apply the Danish society’s take on how to make lemonade from the weather
lemons. This approach is known as Danish hygge - yes there is even a word for
it. Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life
with good people.
During
those cold and dark winter days, you will find houses and offices filled with
candles to create this warm atmosphere. Even our MBA building had this cozy feel;
we would walk in from the miserable weather, and be greeted by candlelight at
the reception. One of our Indian colleagues would make some amazing Indian tea
for the class, and those classmates that needed a caffeine kick to get them
ready for their 9 am change management class would indulge in some spectacular
coffee courtesy of our Italian colleague, who brought a fancy coffee machine
for our kitchen.
My
only advice for anyone considering Copenhagen living, invest in a warm jacket,
not a cute one but a warm and practical jacket. This is the one time where
practicality trumps style.  As the Danes
say “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” even in Springtime.
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: Venture Capital Investment Competition begins ...
by Wynne

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Going to business school, we all assume we
know a good business when we see it. Many of us go so far as to believe we have
what it takes to spot the next instagram or airbnb. At the Venture Capital
Investment Competition on February 5th, CBS’s Full-Time MBAs got to
put our skills to the test and the competition was fierce.
The goal of the VCIC competition is to mock
the VC process of selecting a start-up to invest in, pitching that investment
to the managing partners of your VC firm (the judges), and then handling
negotiations with the entrepreneur to seal the deal and make an investment.
The day began with Denmark’s finest
pastries and a coffee truck to get the contestants, entrepreneurs and judges
started for what was a long, grueling, and incredible day. Those of us
participating had received packets of the start-ups information including
business plans, financials, and other collateral just two days prior. We had
then spent the 48 hours leading up to the competition researching industries,
competitors, Linkedin profiles of board members, and pretty much any bit of
information we could find to get a solid understanding of each start-up. By the
time the competition day arrived we were ready to go with our decisions all but
made.
After a round of pitches from the
entrepreneurs, we finalized our questions for our round of due diligence. Due
diligence consisted of 12minutes of Q and A between each team and each
entrepreneur. After the Q and A you were then given feedback from the observing
judges. This was an essential piece because you had to quickly pivot your due
diligence questioning technique to adapt to the feedback.
The team that won the “Entrepreneur Award”
(the entrepreneurs voted them the team they most liked working with) focused
their due diligence session on learning what the entrepreneur was looking for
from the VC. The final question they asked in each round was “What keeps you up
at night?”. In the VC world, the relationship between a VC and the entrepreneur
is essential and can ultimately be what makes or breaks a deal or even the
company as a strong partnership can lead to essential collaboration.
The most
challenging part was the partner meeting. The questions were deep, well
thought, and delivered like rapid fire. It was brutal, but most of my
classmates’ favorite part of the competition. The winning team truly excelled
here, handling the judges questions and coming across strong while conceding
necessary alterations to their term sheet. The judges were very impressed by
both their technical skill in crafting and defending the terms, as well as
their political maneuvering to keep the conversation going.
In the
end, every team brought their A-game. Two teams made it to the negotiation
round and Team K-Ventures won first place. They will be representing CBS at the
regionals in Cranfield and we are sure they will do us proud.
The
experience overall was amazing and I would highly recommend the program to all
future MBA students whether they have an interest in VC work or not.
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: Tips from a successful student: How I nailed the personal interview
by Daniel
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The headline
here is rather a big overstatement - at times where I desperately thread water
and do my best just to keep my head above the water line, I couldn’t feel less
like the successful student. However, the work load oscillates and when you
have pulled through and written that 10-page assignment in just 2 days, life
feels very good. In my point of view, life is all about the contrasts, and my oh
my, does the MBA give us exactly that!
So, the
personal interview..
It was last April, a couple of weeks after I had submitted my application, that
the Admission Manager for the Programme, Thuli, replied with an email and asked
if we could schedule a telephone call later that week. This was just an initial
phone call to discuss my submission, as well as go-through a couple
of details in my profile, but  I still remember that my heart skipped a
beat when I read the email. I got the impression that I had passed the initial
screening and that it was now up to me to show that I deserved a spot
in the year’s program.
The phone call
was nothing to be scared of as Thuli was warm and welcoming, and we had a
good conversation about my education, my motivations for doing an MBA, my
future plans, and my stuttering. Nine out of ten times I “disclose”
the stuttering in the beginning of a conversation with a new acquaintance , and
this time was no exception. I do this to address the “elephant in the
room” so to say, and this both lowers my stress level, and most often the
other party’s as well. The phone call was brief, but enlightening, with
regards to what I could expect in the coming year if I got in. I was also invited to the campus by Thuli, so that I could sit in on a lecture and meet the staff
in person. I didn’t have the opportunity to do this myself, but those who did told
me later that this just reassured them that they wanted to go for the Full-Time
CBS Programme, and that it helped them to mentally prepare for the workload to
come. Most of them also had their personal interview while visiting the campus
in spring. This is highly recommended!
Following this, I got an email inviting me to the official personal
interview the following week. It went by very fast and Gitte was just as warm and welcoming
as Thuli. If I should give some specific advice it would be the same clichés as
always; be yourself, be honest and sincere, show motivation and just relax.
Like all interviews prepare briefly with some background information you think
can be valuable, make an outline of what you would like to convey, but all
in all keep it natural and conversation-like.
One final piece
of advice though, be certain you are motivated for this. It is A LOT of hard
work, to some points ridiculously difficult, but in the end you will reap the
benefits of your hard work and get a pretty fancy degree on top of your former
experience. And not to say the least, get some new life-long friends and a
really valuable network.
Apropos
ridiculously difficult, I still haven’t got my head around Miller & Modigliani
2nd preposition, and with the Corporate Finance exam in less than 16 hrs I
better get to it.  Sayonara!
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FROM Copenhagen Students Blog: Getting Physical - Leadership Simulator trip in Sweden
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The long awaited (and for many: dreaded) Sweden-trip was finally upon us
the week after Easter. This was going to be the highlight of our Leadership
Discovery Process, where we could demonstrate what we had learned during our
MBA and get insights into our personal leadership style. We didn’t know a lot
about the trip itself, or the content of it, as both teachers and alumni had
been quite elusive with regards to specifics. Or as the LDP course outline
states: “You must be prepared for anything. The surroundings will be
unfamiliar. As in real life, it is all about planning for the unforeseen and reacting correctly when something
unexpected happens.” Sounds like a commercial for some kind of Special Forces, right?
To uphold the tradition I will not reveal too much of what we did in
Sweden, a big part of the experience is not knowing what you are going to do.
However, I will reveal that it may be beneficial to be on good terms with the
Weather God during that week. Our class was not… So, at times, most of us were
cold - pretty much soaked to the bone. BUT, this, at least
for my part, made the trip so much more of an experience. One thing you learn
during the LDP is that when in the Training Zone you learn - and this is
something which resonates well with my long-standing mantra of “It’s
outside the comfort zone you really live and learn”.
With
contrasting moments both learnings and experiences make a lasting impact, and I
can still remember many of the conversations and statements made during the
week -

I’m of course talking refering to the feedback-sessions. Which is something we did A LOT. Surprisingly, it quickly
became a much sought after activity, and it is definitely something I will take
with me into my future work life.
For those who think this sounds like a drag -  it’s not. We had plenty of good times - sitting around the fire side, exhilarating activites and a very welcoming surprise in the end including enjoying some sunshone. Overall, the trip was a
worthy ending to our LDP program - the course most surrounded in mysticism and
perhaps some skepticism, during the year of the MBA depending on who you are as a student.  I highly ecommend it with all
my heart - and if you are a prospective/future student; absolutely look forward to it!!
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