IE Business School Online Masters
Ram Parasuraman
November 30, 2010
This is it!! Home stretch is here and the expectation is growing!! The anticipation is building… and the Countdowns are raging FURIOUS in over 30 countries where GMBA 2010 students are located!!! Each one counting what is most convenient to them! Some like a large number, some like it smaller.. but all like one number12.17.2010 that’s when the 18 month journey reaches fruition! For the first time in more than 15 months, we are busy tracking one number more than the number of “Unread Online Forum Posts”… it is the number of days or hours remaining. We are almost at the culmination of a tough road dotted with stones of compromise, missed social engagements, battle scars in the form of sacs beneath our eyes from lack of sleep…  each one will have their stories to tell..

Here are some examples…
Time Countdowns
– 17 days
412 hours
24762 minutes
1485777 seconds

Video-Conference Countdown 2 Conferences to go!
Forum Post Countdown: — 18 Posts to go!!
Online Session Countdowns4.8 Sessions to go!!
Saturday Countdowns2 Saturdays to go (only 1 with classes!)!!
Effort Countdowns: ~80 hours to go!

You name it, “We’ve got a countdown for that!“… one thing is sure… whilst all countdowns are going down, the excitement is going only one way… UP!!! At times though, it feels nostalgic, a bit of melancholy sets in to think that on the 3rd Monday from today, there will be no posts online waiting to be answered, no team members looking for inputs to a presentation, no stage to take on a live videoconference. The comfort of the training ground ends here and it is time to face the real world, real challenges. Can’t imagine how life would be without “ready-made Exhibits” at the end of a case filled with juicy data waiting to be squeezed and consumed. We got a taste of this in our entrepreneurship course already, but life in the real world will be even more severe as we immerse our professional lives with our newfound knowledge and experience in this MBA. But what is life without a challenge, without dynamism or change and without adventure?? Isn’t it what made us come into this MBA in the first place? IE has equipped us well and it is time to use it full time in real time!

“The Final Countdown” is the one standout song that comes to mind…. This is for my friends in GMBA 2010 S1 and S2! What a ride it has been guys!!! Can’t wait to see you all in Madrid shortly!

The IE Global MBA 2010 Ram Parasuraman

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