Why I loved going back to school
Iworked for 11 years with Tata Consultancy Services in the UK, the United States, Germany and India before joining the post graduate programme in management for executives (PGPX) course at IIM-A. My foundation in management was strong but the approach to solving complex business problems was limited to experiencebased learning. So, I decided to do an MBA to get fresh perspectives on handling leadership challenges more effectively. Life at IIM-A is nothing less than a roller coaster ride. The adrenaline rush it generates will probably last me a lifetime. The institution has significantly broadened my horizons. Learning here begins with unlearning the wrong concepts. For instance, in a stimulating class discussion on the definition of strategy, 85 different responses were debated, but none came close to demystifying what ‘strategy’ meant beyond jargon. Then the professor nailed it: “Strategy is the art of closing doors.”
The depth of the faculty’s knowledge and their ability to integrate businessworld learning with deep insights from philosophical texts amazes me every day. I feel really privileged to be a part of the unique intellectual milieu of IIM-A.