IE Business School Online Masters
Raakesh Menon Raakesh Menon
Part of Global MBA batch of 2010, I'am based in Singapore and work in the Product Management function of a telecom provider.

I have been in telecom industry all through my decade long career under various functions right from Engineering to the current role in the business function. An MBA was a dream for me which is becoming a reality at and with IE. It's been an electrifying ride all the while with this awesome group of people who I have met here and studying along, and I' am proud of being a part of IE.

Though I'am not an out-and-out blogger, I hope to keep you all posted about our life and the happenings around through the Online Masters Blog. So stay tuned in !! :)

Raakesh Menon
December 14, 2010
All Good Things Comes to an end..but..

Today, the 14th of Dec 2010, was the day for the final examination of GMBA’10 batch. This final examination was the business plan presentation of the 10 groups to the jury, with all the groups looking towards presenting and justifying the business plan of their respective entrepreneurship ventures. This was a day that had all the essence of the 14 months we all spend together, the learnings from it, the camaraderie we built online and through other modes. On the lighter side it also showed the fun we had over the whole course and also the ‘awesomeness’ of this wonderful bunch. As i write this the feeling is more of excitement on clearing the final test of endurance from our end. As i see it everyone has come out in flying colors. There were lot of learnings today during the entire session from all the teams, and the experience of listening the business ideas from budding entrepreneurs were just amazing. I have never seen so many great ideas flowing out and trust me all the presented ideas are really good to go to the market. I wish all my fellow budding entrepreneurs the very best in their ventures.

With this and with completion of some additional courses we all will be graduating by this weekend. And with just three days left for our graduation, on 17th Dec’10, i do feel a little sad along with being excited. The sadness is just on account of the fact that this fun ride with this awesome group of friends is going to end. The daily posts, the weekly team meetings, the team assignments, the presentations, the never ending list of case studies  (whose number of pages kept increasing as the courses went on), the planning of team activities, the tests, the individual assignments, the panic, the lack of sleep, the VC – all going to be missed. As they say all Good Things Does Come to An End. But yes this experience will live forever and ever.

As i write this today the only other thought in my mind is the graduation from a top b-school like IE. I made it, we made it. We Survived :).

Let me take this blog to thank all my teams, my classmates of S1, the batchmates from S2, the professors, the program management team for the experience called GMBA and wishing you all the very best. It is you who made it happen for me.

Thank you.

Raakesh Menon
August 8, 2010
A Job Well Done Till Now..

After a roller coaster of a month which ended with a pitch presentation of our business plan, as briefed by my friend Afueri in her post, we have this one month of summer break to relax, re-ignite ourselves for the final stretch till our Graduation in December. There is so much satisfaction within oneself while enjoying this break with a feeling of a job well done till now and for the positive learning & team experiences throughout past 10 months.

To add to this, we also had this opportunity, through IE, to attend a research symposium on management of public policy at Harvard University at the beginning of the summer break. This symposium gave us a new insight to another stream of management – that of managing the mega cities in this globalised world. It has definitely made us think on management from a different perspective and also broadened our horizon on management. Also it gave us an opportunity to be at Harvard, interact with professors from Harvard and MIT and also make some new friends from other schools and streams.

Well the summer break is doing wonders. It is definitely helping in recharging our batteries. But it’s now almost time to get back to the courses and the business plan.  Though with the end of the break we are back to the daily grill, there is this eagerness to be back in that grill. It is being missed (hope you all would agree with that 🙂 ).

The countdown for the Graduation has started and let me wish all my friends from all streams the very best for the final assault.

Raakesh Menon
May 8, 2010
A New Term, A New Team, A New Excitement

As one of our batchmates (Eileen) mentioned, its Half-Time. Half time as our first term comes to an end and the final term begins. It’s the juncture of mixed feelings – a feeling of joy for the term that ended, for the learnings, for the efforts that went in, for the team we were all part of. And its the juncture of a new start – a new beginning that will last till the end, a new term, A new Team bringing in a new experience and new excitement.

<- This is the awesome team i have been working with in last term. We will all miss each other for sure in our studies and group work, for the camaraderie that we had – but the team will remain forever. And trust me, this is the same feeling across all other groups/teams for the joint efforts that was put throughout the term.

But i’am, and also rest of us, are all happy with the new colleagues and the new group and also for the challenge of working with two groups at the same time in this term.

A team can change mid way in work life and there is a need for each individual to come in terms with it quickly and adapt to it.  This mode of changing teams midway in our MBA and to start working with a new team by making all the adjustments to meet the dynamics of the new team is a great learning for our future in the corporate world.  It will definitely help us all to be more dynamic and be ready for any change in work environment and eventualities  in future.

It has been an Awesome ride all the while, and its start of a fresh ride for all of us… An another exciting half to cross… 🙂

Raakesh Menon
May 7, 2010
Discover the “Alumni” world.. during the program

Let me share this one exciting aspect of the GMBA program.

A very unique aspect of the IE GMBA experience is being able to be part of the IE alumni right from day one of your program. This is indeed very unique. Myself and most of my batch mates haven’t come across many schools offering this access to their current students, probably none. Isn’t this exciting?

In Singapore (where i’am based) the IE club has this regular monthly meet and we just had one earlier this week. I had this golden opportunity to meet the alumni, get to know them, make friends, learn from them and their experiences at IE and after, and above all network with them.  They made me feel very much part of them (infact i had lunch today with an alumni 🙂 ). The support and sense of community of the IE  team here made me very proud of being a part of IE. Though frankly i never picked IE for my MBA based on this aspect, i now feel very enthralled and this has become one of the biggest add-on’s of doing MBA from IE for me.

Though mainly on-line we all feel very much connected to IE – the School, the Program, the Professors and to our batch mates , but now being part of alumni that connection has only strengthened further. I’ am sure a lot of good thoughts would have gone into permitting current students from on-line programs to be part of Alumni.  In fact the current students of online programs (like GMBA) has even the option to be part of the organizing committee of alumni clubs. All this makes the whole aspect very very unique.

It’s a packed schedule during the MBA – work, studies, assignments, family – but i’ am sure i will definitely have those few hours every month for a connect with the IE team here now and later . It is indeed an awesome experience.

With this signing off for now, but do stay tuned in & have fun 🙂 .

Raakesh Menon
February 26, 2010
A perfect recipe to be a Global Citizen

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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