Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Talk by KMPG Global head of technology

Of all the speaker sessions i have attended at ISB, the talk by Mr. Edge Zarella
(KPMG's global head for technology) was really thought provoking.
Actually, this talk was interesting mainly because of the perspective it brought in. A little context here - These guys are involved in the risk management consulting with various corporates investing heavily in the south asian region. Surprisingly, Mr. Zarella didn't talk much about technology and other aspects of work at KPMG (as opposed to the various other speakers who glorify the organizations they work for) and I think it was a clincher. His theme was strategic positioning of India and various other aspects of it. He mentioned about growth of South Asia , the asian miracle and the road forward. One of the interesting concepts in the talk was of country portfolio management by the corporates. Despite India being the most favoured location, corporates don't want to put all the eggs in the same basket and divide the investment in 2 to 3 countries. This risk management exercise is benefiting a lot of asian nations. Think of malaysia, vietnam and you can relate to this.
More than the real content, i was wondering the way big corporate think.. its amazing .. globalisation is on full swing. Businesses are spreading their wings and in this profit maximization drive, world is real the playground.

Friday, June 23, 2006

refocussing myself

Today is the day for introspection. One and half terms are over and apart from learnings from courses, i believe that i have not been able to give time to a lot of activities i had planned before joining ISB.
In the last 2 months, i feel i have lost some of my focus. Did i join the MBA school just for the sake of studies??? No, i had a lot of other things in mind 1. Developing my skills (non-academic ones) 2. Knowing more about the world in general. 3. Learning from peers and networking.

I think i am not doing justice to these non academic things. Given 24 hrs in the day, there are a lot of tradeoffs to make at ISB and we need to be really disciplined to do what we really want to do. The bottom line is that you cannot do everything. Till now, i was thinking that i can manage it all, but at this point, i think I need to let some things go. I need to choose the courses i have to focus on, choose the skills i need to develop, and focus only on a few things which i have always been yearning to do :)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Football Fever

The football fever has gripped ISB campus as well ..... not that it is matching kolkata .. we still don't have people putting flags on their faces or wearing their favorite team's T shirt...
The SLC has put up a big screen outside the rec centre for the soccer fans .. nature has also been kind enough to present a great weather today ...
the now now is to have dinner and then proceed to rec center to catch the action on the big screen :)

Monday, June 05, 2006

Indian GMAT takers prefer ISB

Business world article on ISB: