21 May, 2006

A classic : My friend told me

In your life, I liken you to the bumblebee. In physics, the bumblebee is an enigma because its wings are too small for its body and it is not supposed to be able to fly. They say that the bumblebee never studied physics and it didn't know that it couldn't fly, so it flew. "So it is with you and the many challenges you have overcome. You have done so many things that couldn't be done, because you too, didn't know that they couldn't be done. And you did them over and over, and better and better. The bumblebee keeps flying and you keep growing."

17 May, 2006

Brighter side of pursuing MBA in APAC region

Alright, we have discussed the point of placements and career services, but here comes the cracker of the reasons for choosing APAC B schools. Cultural experience is unique which you may not get elsewhere as MBA classes are almost full of students from more than fifteen nationalities (China,Taiwan,Korea,US,Canada,Singapore,India,Germany to name a few). Exposure to China and Hong Kong has its unique features as it gives an overview of developed and developing economy back to back. Like every developed market job opportunities are less but they do exist and people have been getting jobs in the past although with much more efforts. Visiting professors are a cool bunch and they allow you to think on multidimensional scale of management and business as a whole. Some of them are heads of BCG, Mc. Kinsey, DHL so you know the exposure and gyaan. People have gone out to carve their own niche from these B schools and make great careers. Its definitely for the people looking for International exposure, cultural diversity, good quality of education and a great opportunity to network and learn survival skills.
Believe me, the skills learnt here are worth the pain.

02 May, 2006

"HERO" in the organization

Well, I have been attending a course on Strategy,Operations and Information during my MBA by Prof. Tom Haut, who is BCG head for APAC region and his wriiten several articles for HBR and taught at Harvard Business School. He says "If you want to be the hero in organization" you need to start asking right questions, you need to goto different departments and start building relationships, do networking and make friends with the powerful people there. You need to do things right as there would always be people with comments "I know this thing and how it can be done but then they never implement it" You need to understand the Operating system of the organization and may be draw a flow chart of processes and divide it into critical components and see where is the problem.
This is so easy to speak but so difficult to implement like the blind village story. "In a village of blind, there comes an elephant and head of the village asks everyone to draw how the new creature looks like? some one caught the trunk, someone caught the legs, someone jumped over its back and were trying to fix the problem" so the idea is its not easy to draw the big picture always but thats how a Hero is different. Innovation, fast cycle time, adaptation and doing the right things first time and being nible is just the beginning today. Continuous improvement in practice and a great knack for implementation is the key. Intercompany partnerships is the success factor for coming age. Collaboration ,Cooperation and Coordination is the funda for being successful.
So, who is the Hero ? one who fixes the problems and fixes the largest number of problems, one who finds the right solutions to complex problems most no of times and one whose art and craft is being followed by others in an organization.