‘Live the IE Experience” 2008 IMBA Segovia 开学典礼纪行

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IE商学院(以下简称IE)今年IMBA 的开学典礼是在距离马德里约45分钟车程的Segovia 的SEK University校园举行的。由于IE致力于称为“A Leading Global Full Service Business School“, IE于2007年1月正式收购SEK University。
SEK University的校园主体建筑其实是一个建于13世纪的修道院,即使在校园里随处可见来自建筑系,生物系,艺术系,心理学系的年轻学生,空气里总能嗅到那股来自久远年代的宗教味和学术味,混在一起倒也赋予了SEK校园独特的古老与现代并存的风格。
仪式是在SEK校园内部的古老教堂举行的,照片上是仪式的现场,新入学的中国学生,以及其他亚洲学生。

給自己的职业生涯找个”Mentor”

最近在《华尔街日报》(欧洲版)看到一篇“growing with a menter”的文章很有意思,这里大概介绍一下。
“mentor”用我们中国人通俗的说法就是“师傅带徒弟的关系”,想想武侠书里师傅训练徒弟的情节:有时师傅会一招一试地教徒弟,有时则让徒弟自己悟,有时候会对谈;师傅的功力远在徒弟之上,对徒弟的水平了如指掌,而徒弟也绝对信任师傅。这篇文章则是在执行层面上对成功的“mentor”和“mentee”关系做了一个表述。
大意如下(当然你要先給自己找个”mentor”):
1)在两人开始讨论任何话题之前,花足够的时间去了解对方的个人背景和职业生涯。比如对方的个性、兴趣、成长经历、教育背景、成长环境、职业发展道路等一些比较隐私的东西, 以建立信任。
---这个过程要一直贯穿于整个“mentoring”的过程,这种因为信任和了解而给双方带来的利处将会在未来显现它的力量。
2)“mentee”尤其需要弄清楚自己在被“mentoring”之后要达成的目标是什么,最适合自己的学习方式是什么。
---事实就是如此,你可以向任何人索要解决问题的处方,但只有你真正了解自己的内疾,才能对症下药。
3)“mentor”和“mentee”在第一次正式会面时应该设定基调:每次见面的具体时间、频率,以及怎样在见面之外的时间保持沟通,否则,“mentoring”就很容易就会因为种种推迟最后不了了之了。
---提前确定见面议程,并且雷打不动地执行下去,是确保“mentoring”不提前流产的非常强有力的工具。
可以看一下The Value of a Mentor这篇文章,开始給自己找个”mentor”吧:-)

Bull Fight @Madrid

This was my first time, maybe also the last time to actually “see” the bull fight. For me, the fight was too much, even if it is considered as art, in terms of the move, the power and the wisdom of our human beings (as most of us think so) woven into the whole performance.…

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Some General Introduction about Business School Rankings

As we can see each year, there are a variety of rankings about business school programs from different organizations, and it has been more common than before that school’s ranking from one organization varies a lot from another. The answer is obvious: different rankings have different standards and specialization. Here are some general introduction about the most commonly applied business school ranking.
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Economist Intelligence Unit 英国经济学人信息中心(EIU)每年发布一次全球百强商学院排行榜,其依据的是校友和在校学生的反馈,以及学校提供的数据。该排名主要考量的是商学院能在多大程度上满足学生的预期。
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Financial Times《金融时报》(FT)每年推出的商学院全球百强榜,主要依据的是毕业三年后的校友的反馈、校方提供的数据以及对商学院研究成果的评估结果。排名的三大标准是:毕业生的职业发展情况、学校的国际化程度和新思想的开创性。
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The Aspen Institute (Aspen)的榜单主要衡量的是在世界排名前100位的商学院中,将社会和环境问题纳入课堂教学和课后实践的广度和深度。其排名被认为是目前在该领域最具权威性和发言权的。

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My First Post-Master Confernce@IE

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I have been an IE student for over one year, but to be honest I hardly know any confernce going on inside IE until very recently when I started my internship in IE campus. Well here is the first conference I attended called “Leading for the Future”, which was an international workshop co-organized by IWE (International Women of Excellence) and IE.
The idea of the workshop is ¨to help women maximize both of their individual and career potential by sharing successful experiences from others and building on positive experiences; meanwhile, to help organizations attract and retain women talents by creating flexible working environment for them.” as said by Brian Hadfield, Chairman of IWE.
Well if you think carefully about it, this women issue is getting more important among all corporate stuff. But the problem is—–
despite the fact that women are gaining more important positions in the corporate world due to their contribution to facilitating the organization’s capacity to innovate, more women are leaving their organizations due to issues such as inhospitable corporate culture, lack of visibility in the organization, commitment to personal life or family responsibilities.
So what can we do?
(Yes, I was also participating the workshop, and surprisingly the result turned out that many of us rarely do any self development planning regarding social networking with peer business women, or seeking ways of dealing with a male dominated business world, etc., even if we´ve already been in middle management level.)

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European Energy Challenge

Well this meeting European Energy Challenge was initiated by IE Business School in homage to the former Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Loyola de Palacio, who had cancer and passed away not long time ago. Loyola actually is sister of one of the board members of school, well, I guess that’s the very important part for us to hold this event. Anyway the event was quite influential, apart from Spanish national media, about 22 international media participated the event, among those are Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Dow Jones, CNN International, etc. Just give you some idea, here are pictures from an amateur’s perspective.
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