Archive | May, 2013

Applying the MBA to real life

31 May

It will be two years this September to the MBA and I must say that I have been applying the MBA to my post-MBA life rather often; both consciously and sub-consciously. The application has been in terms of all kinds of knowledge garnered during that amazing year – both in terms of core, hard courses and “soft” skills.

In my job as a purchaser / product manager, the most useful core courses that I have been frequently applying are Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Supply chain operations. Courses like Decision Analysis, I used a lot more in the in-between time post the MBA and before starting the new job.

Then there are the courses like Organizational Behavior, Change management and negotiation and the soft-skill courses like Team-work, inter-cultural management and the like (focusing on people skills). These have been invaluable ever since I learnt about them. I definitely would consider honing my skills in these three areas over the coming years. They are extremely practical and IMHO, a must-have in every person’s kit.

And finally, I have always felt that whoever termed “Soft” skills as being “soft „certainly did a huge disservice to them. These skills are anything but “soft”. Internalizing them takes longer than one would think. So you know Kotter’s 8-step change management model. However, perfecting it is an art in itself and definitely one that needs practice every single day. It’s what one of my favorite professors always said – “Real application of soft-skills is like The difference between ‘ savoir-faire’ (know-how) and ‘savoir-être’ (application of the knowledge appropriately).”

In other news, I am looking forward to the Summer-party in MBS in July. I really do hope that the weather gets better by then, but either ways it promises to be a great evening at the good ol’ EO! 🙂 Looking forward to catching up with my friends from my batch and hearing everyone’s stories.

I also hope to run into some of you from the current class. Good luck with running the last mile and make the most of Term4. In less than 4 months, you will enter the world of alumni – unbelievable how soon time flies!

And finally, I wish those of you currently in the application stages, all the very best!

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Anita (Class of 2011)

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There is ‘truly’ no substitute!

2 May

Even at minus2 degrees with the harsh snow against my jacket, I walked excitedly to the fancily designed building at a brisk pace.

Porsche, the sports car manufacturer, opened a new museum right next to the Head Quarter in Stuttgart in 2009 to showcase its design and engineering prowess.

PorsheAs part of the Class of 2013, MBS provided us with a private tour of not only the cutting-edge museum but also an extended tour of the Porsche HQ.

Right after the eye-candy of Porsches from over the decades, the examination of the current supply chain techniques implemented by Porsche A.G showed us a car manufacturer that always stays up to date with technology. If there were an expiry date on the manufacturing components, the car would be delivered to the customer way before the components expired!

The various design, selection and implementation procedures of the company were given a run-down, which also gave us a peek into the life at a global auto manufacturer. It is truly remarkable how Porsche has stepped up its production to almost 200,000 automobiles (this year) in a size-limited manufacturing facility.  The carbon fiber inserts, custom-leather dashboards and made-to-order ceramic brakes even served as an example of complex supply-chain management that we learnt as part of the MBA!

Reflecting on my day at Porsche, the cherry on the cake was definitely the peek into the upcoming (stunning!) Porsches; that even topped the lunch at the rooftop Porsche casino!

– Anoop Thampy –
Mannheim MBA Class of 2013