IE Business School Online Masters
Raakesh Menon
February 26, 2010

From 30,000 Ft above..

Hello to all. This is numero uno post from yours truly. Though i wanted to make it a well written one, guess i might have failed in that attempt and do excuse me for that. But i’ am keeping high hopes of becoming one good blogger atleast by the time i graduate :).

Last few days I have been reading the blogs from all the authors  and let me tell you that i’ am now more excited than ever before on my choice of school and the course. Its been great reading through the experiences and thoughts of everyone.  Also we do have my good friend Ram as an author and he has already posted some good thoughts on how life has been for this group of 65 odd guys & gals, of GMBA’10, from around the world in last few months. What we have been doing and how we been adjusting to this new life. As i compose this post sitting in an airplane while heading back home just one more thought is going through me – GMBA (like many other courses) is a perfect recipe to be a true Global Citizen.

Extract from an ancient African proverb –

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.”

Isn’t this how a modern fast paced corporate world is. We are always on the move. It seems running has become part of our life in this corporate world. In addition to that every day looks to be a brand new day bringing on some new challenges and competition. No one knows what is going to happen and also how to respond to challenges. Also in addition to this there is no limit or any border and we need to work on a global platform with each team and colleague based out in different corners of the world.  A submission of any project or a business case might require discussions and interactions with teams and colleagues around the globe. And no matter whether you are at your base or travelling – timeline has to be met. You need to be a global citizen in this world and survival will be an art in itself.

Now Step 1- Take the “corporate” part out this life, Step 2- put an MBA in it – and one answer we get is “GMBA”.

The methodology of the program makes it truly global with batch & team mates based across the world. Look at my team, we are like in Singapore, KSA, Italy, Germany, Russia and UK.  Its spread across various time zones and this makes working on each assignment a true global experience.  The schedule of the program makes it near to real work experience with multiple assignments to complete in short time and timelines to meet no matter whether you are travelling or not (just look at my own state of having to log into the eco and quants board all the while on the move 🙂 ). The course has been fast paced with no time to relax – whether its a weekday or weekend.  And finally the rating based on bell curve makes it all the more closer to the real world where it not just good performance, but an outstanding one that defines the best.

This,and similarly others, are the kind of programs which would shape us to be a true winner in the corporate world out there (and others) and also be a global citizen.This has everything in it – making it a perfect recipe for being a citizen of the globe.

With this signing off for the week, but do stay tuned in & have fun :).


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