Wednesday, on the 20th of April 2011, from 19 to 22, I went at Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest (Regina Maria Conference Room) to take part to the INSEAD Master Class & EMBA/MBA Event. The Master Class on “Global Cosmopolitans” was held by Linda BRIMM, Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD.
Below photos and my notes at the event.
You can learn enormously by living in different countries;
What can you learn?
– How to deal with people which are different;
– How to deal with complexity;
A lot of people that moved a lot have learned a lot of things from the global learning;
There are a lot of ways to learn in life;
Today’s world is dominated by:
– Diversity – you can learn how to deal with it (different styles / cultures / backgrounds);
– Change – adapt;
– Complexity – life is complex;
New context and loss of identity:
– A new country;
– A new school;
– A new job;
You learn you survive the life’s experiences;
You can find a beginning & a new way of doing things;
What’s a new identity?
The inner journey, the uncommon challenges:
– Identity: who am I?
– Being different and still fitting in;
– Where is home?
– Who are my friends & family?
You have to find your own way of resilience;
People start to develop skills to adapt to things;
You know you can get through it;
You can deal with transition;
Learn new ways of thinking;
Learning from your experience – your story:
– Life as a world of possibilities;
– Uncommon complexity;
– Learning from experiences of global journeys;
– Perceptual skills – strength developed;
– Multiple lenses and perspectives;
– Learn ways of doing new things;
Global cosmopolitans know to go into a situation and see everything change;
Everything changes – they understand this;
Skills and “two edge swords”:
– Peripheral / kaleidoscopic vision;
– Insider / outsider perspective – you can be a little more impersonal;
– Move around – this can help you develop things;
– Empathy – you must have this to be able to move around in the world;
– Creativity – cosmopolitans have to find creative solutions & be adaptive to new situations;
Two edge swords:
– Adaptation to a change;
– It can overshadow & work against developing the other side;
Some people become experts at observing, but it’s not enough, you have to be engaged;
Observe – good skill; how to get involved?
Flexible & willing to adapt; but sometime they don’t say what they want;
If you get around in the business, you have to be able to bring something that’s different;
– Life is very complex;
– You can only live in one city, do a certain job – or you can do different things;
– Some cosmopolitans can’t take a decision;
Challenges => (can bring) better skills => (which in turn, can lead to) more challenges when you develop your skills;
Life is a developmental highway;
Challenges & opportunities moving forward:
– How can you use your differences?
– Managing the relational fabric of life (friends, network, people from home),
– Encountering identity change;
– Finding home;
– Finding personal meaning;
– Raising the next generation;
– Still not knowing;
– How to get a company to send you to a different country?
– How to make them bring you back?
– How to convince a company to hire more cosmopolitans?
– How do I get my company to really let me take advantage of my global experience?
A challenge is also an opportunity – it pushes you to be creative; a challenge pushes you to find new solutions;
It is hard to build relationships with different people;
Do you have a global team? You need a way to communicate with people;
Knowing your story & understanding your story brings you a lot of power;
It is a great advantage to be able to tell your story;
You should know yourself & be able to create dialogue;
A lot of times cosmopolitans can feel so different and so alone, that they can be demotivated;
You can understand and develop skills without being an actual cosmopolitan;
On a different note, why do an MBA at INSEAD?
– For the relationships (you will get everlasting memories);
– For the business utility (you learn how to do better business);
– It is very challenging (it forces you to be better);
INSEAD’s goal: to get you into the school, not out of it.