Why I loved go­ing back to school

India Today - - SCHOOL SPECIAL - Achal Arora Arora, 34, worked for 11 years with TCS. He will grad­u­ate from IIM-AIN 2014.

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.

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