07 Jun: entering the portal

Last week, just before I flew to New Orleans for some seafood and jazz, I received a notice for the portal being available. This is the much anticipated IMD portal for the 2011 students! I was selected to do a beta test for the login and soon after, it was populated with all sorts of information. Needless to say I went straight to the housing section and forwarded the list of apartments to alison. My excitement level spiked again as I saw a renewed list of future classmates and where we would spend the year in Lausanne. We picked an apartment that is 5 min walking distance to the school and had a bedroom separated from the living area. After reserving the place online, I immediately felt something was amiss when a confirmation window showed a different apartment! Ahhh! We were deftly afraid that the apartment will be taken. The…

01 Jun: GEM #3

This book was an absolute stunner! An easy read that will open your eyes to relationships and how an organization can leverage the insights in this book for team building, conflict resolution, and leadership development. GEM#3: Leadership and self-deception My top 3 ideas from the book1. Be extremely self aware on how you treat people as it starts a vicious cycle of stress, conflict, poor team work etc.2. Acknowledge that everybody slips one time or another, do not try to be perfect, instead always try to be better3. Don’t worry about how others are helping you, instead think about how you can help others

25 May: Businessweek blog writer?

Is it in my stars to write for businessweek? It may be so! It turns out that I may have the opportunity to write about my experience at IMD in the MBA Journals section of businessweek’s online business school coverage. I have to submit some writing samples to IMD marketing and if I am picked, I will submit them to businessweek with IMD’s blessing. This should be fun, it will help me get back into planning mode. My activities to get ready for Lausanne come in waves as my wife and I start to de-clutter the home, plan trips and sell used items on eBay. These are interspersed with daily mundane activities and work. It’s definitely hard to keep the excitement level at a high, but it’s little things like these that puts a smile on my face: a new and exciting adventure awaits… cheers!

17 May: GEM #2

To be a successful leader and visionary, it is extremely important to communicate with impact. What does that mean? Do we have to leave them wanting more? Do we have to entertain and wow our audiences? Do we have to come across as passionate and very clear on where we are going? I believe it’s all of these and more. The way to lead that will help your organization understand the why and the purpose of their existence is to communicate in a way that inspires and conveys the purpose/vision with a bang. This easy to read book gives many examples of strong communicators and the secrets of their success. I definitely used these to my advantage as part of my interview, but more importantly it adds to my arsenal when delivering business presentations GEM #2: 10 simple secrets of the world’s greatest business communicators My top 3 ideas from…

15 May: one countdown after another

My wife has finally finished her masters of architecture degree and it was a well deserved 3 years of hard work! We can finally start to plan for our move and figure out what trips we want to take before embarking to Lausanne. Yesterday, I was fortunate to chat at length with a 2009 IMD graduate and it was great! He talked about his experience in the program and he had nothing but good things to say. He definitely thought the work load was heavy, but the sense of accomplishment was well worth it. He also talked about how the soft skills and leadership training helped tremendously, and he definitely looks at the world differently now afther the IMD program. His words added to my excitement as I flip flop between being really excited to start the program to wincing as I imagine the 16 hour days, 6 days a…

08 May: GEM #1

Growing up, I was never pushed to read, and so I never really found much joy in reading. Perhaps a few novels here and there, but that’s about it. It’s only during the past couple of years that I devoured books and read as if I was afraid I would not get to the gems out there before I hit the bucket. There are so many great books that changed what I do on a daily basis and I will start to post them here. The first one is really a book that changed how I read books. Something that caught my eye in a second hand book store and when I browsed through it, I instantly knew this was the one I was searching for. I do not really read fiction, and I think that is something that will slowly be added to my list of books. For now,…

03 May: Why do we help?

I engaged in an interesting discussion with my wife yesterday. “Why are you helping other applicants?” I was stopped in my tracks for a moment and wanted to quickly defend myself by saying “well, it’s all public information, I’m not providing any secrets that you can’t find out anyway”. But then I really thought hard about why me and other past applicants help out by answering questions and giving tips. I think I may have got it. Well, it’s my best answer for now anyway. We understand what other applicants are going through because we went through the same process. We scoured the internet for tips and any statistics that will help us be more confident, be more prepared, because it IS a big step and whatever happens will change our lives forever. At least that is what we think when we are in the process of it all, essays,…

02 May: Impromptu presentation

For applicants that have been invited to an interview, congratulations! The impromptu presentation can be a cause for concern for some of you since it is going to be a “surprise”. I must say you need not be anxious, because I do not think they are looking for the content within your presentation. Well it has to at least be logical! I do not know if they keep the topics consistent, but I can tell you this. If you can tackle the case study given to you (and you probably can, since it’s a required part of the interview), you will have no problems with the impromptu presentation! I recommended Case in point in an earlier post if you really want to feel prepared for this section. It will help by giving a structure for tackling the presentation topic. With that said though, the book felt like an over kill…

25 Apr: Contact!

The strength of having an IMD brand is already starting to show. I’ve contacted several current students and alumni, asking for advice and help with the move. The response and advice were great! They were helpful, candid, down to earth, everything a good friend can be, and yet, I’ve not even met most of them! I’ve received a certificate of admittance and am looking forward to accessing the IMD student portal in June. That is when we will be able to pick apartments, start the visa process and figure out other logistics to the big move. On another note, I know the second round applicants will be getting the call pretty soon this week. Stay positive! Good luck and hang in there!

16 Apr: Reality is still fuzzy

Made the 15,000 CHF payment! It was a big step, but I have officially reserved a seat in the 2011 IMD program. It’s still too early to get the warm fuzzies and understand the impact of this decision. I must say, it has not yet hit me that we are actually picking up and moving to Switzerland. I joined an IMD 2011 facebook page, but right now there are only 3 of us in it. I guess it is a little early and we have not gained access into the IMD web portal, where I hear are tons of goodies and information on moving to Lausanne. I’ve heard that one of the benefits of getting in early is the best choice of apartments… I want to pick my apartment! 5 min walk to IMD, fireplace, fully furnished, wood floors, a view of the lake, a grocery store on the 1st…