For the last few weeks, we had a wide range of clubs kick-off events held on campus. The diversity of the students clubs is truly amazing. Think about something, anything! I’m sure that there is a club already there to satisfy your wildest interests. From the Africa club to the salsa club, from the consulting club to the finance club, from the Iceland alumni club to the wine and cheese club…
I attended several kick-off events, but there’s one in particular that I didn’t want to miss: the entrepreneurship club kick-off.
For this year's kick-off, the club had done a great job: they successfully invited Tony and Maureen Wheeler for a Q&A session. For those who (still?) don’t know them, Tony and Maureen Wheeler are the founders of Lonely Planet Publications. Tony is an alum of London Business School (MSC05) and together with his wife Maureen they created the highly successful Lonely Planet travel guides. They met on a bench in Regent's Park and in 1972 then went travelling overland across Europe and Asia to Australia. It is after this trip that they created a travel guide and sold it to bookshops to add to their 27 cents and camera they had when they first arrived in Australia. The book sold out within one week and was followed by a second guide that was equally successful. That was the birth of their world famous guides and the rest, as they say, is history.
It‘s great to have the chance to get some insights from such successful entrepreneurs. They managed to turn their initial idea into a company currently publishing more than 500 different titles. Still, they managed to keep their initial passion and enthusiasm alive after all those years. What’s their secret?!
I couldn’t describe my surprise when I received an e-mail the 23rd of December from the LBS Scholarship Committee. They had decided to offer me one of the school Annual Fund Scholarships based on my initial application package. This award was in the form of a discount from my first year fees. What a great Christmas present!!
Last Friday, more than one month into the programme, all the scholars were invited to our first Scholarship briefing session. The aim of this informal gathering was to give us some background information on what it means to have a scholarship at London Business School.
Big surprise when I entered the lecture hall: we were more than 60 people!
It means that about 20% of the enrolled MBA students were able to soften the burden of their tuition fees. True, the scholarships portfolio available to successful applicants is particularly wide. One can have a look on the school website (scholarships portfolio). However, it is always good to see that corporate partners are still there to support scholars, even during these uncertain economic times. Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Vodafone… All there and all granted to our MBA class of 2011!
Next most formal rendezvous: the evening of November the 12th to attend the Scholarship Drinks Reception. We will have the chance to formally meet and thank our donors (both individual and corporate) in person. It is the least we can do to acknowledge and recognise their generous support!
More on this event in a coming post…
7.00 am: The alarm clock goes off. Gee, that’s tooooo early… Trying to figure out how to switch off this bloody alarm clock…
7.45 am: After engulfing a bowl of cereals and a bagel, I head to LBS. I cannot get used to start my day at 8.15!
8.16 am: I rushed into the classroom… Today is the first day of our GLAM (Global Leadership Assessment for Managers) class. We’re going to have the results of our 360 evaluation that we had to complete before entering the program. We also had to take a personality quiz to help us to understand ourselves better. I remembered that it had some very odd question such as: would you like to go on a trip to Las Vegas? I’m very curious about the results of all these tests.
9.45 am: I discovered the results of my 360 assessment. Question: Do I really had friends in my previous workplace?! Our professor (Randall S. Peterson, amazingly brilliant and entertaining) described, in a hilarious speech, some students’ reasons for rejecting their 360 degree feedback. I really like this one: ‘I’ve used to be that way, but I’ve changed recently!’
11.15 am: Election of the stream reps. We had in total 17 people running for the different positions of academic, career and social reps. They had to do a 2 minute presentation in front of the class about why they should be elected. The future winners will act as an intermediary between the faculty, the Career Service and the student population. They will also be in charge of proposing and organizing social activities to insufflate good spirit and camaraderie within the stream.
12.00 pm: Registration for the kick-off event of the Entrepreneurship club next week. For this year's kick-off event, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications (and previous LBS alumni) will give a speech!
12.15 pm: Lunch… Just enough time to grab a sandwich and a fruit…
12.45 pm: Back to the classroom: some tips on how to work efficiently in groups.
3.30 pm: Networking activities: I was contacted through portal by a MIF (master in Finance) student who wanted to have some information on SAP. In exchange, he’ll introduce me to a previous management consultant in his class. I really want to get some advice on how best to prepare for the “infamous” case interviews.
3.45 pm: Last review of our Business Statistics group assignment. It’s due at 5 pm but we have a last minute problem: for some unknown reasons, Word does not want to print the graphics we spent hours to design! Arrgh…
5.02 pm: Done! Paper finally handed out to the teacher assistant!
5.20 pm: Beer at the Windsor (a pub just next to the school) to celebrate the end of our first group assignment.
6.00 pm: Work in the lab on the other business stats assignment: this one is to be done individually… Damn, I though it was over!
7.15 pm: Head home.
7.30 pm: Read all the e-mails issued during the day… More than 45 messages to sort out and answer.
9.00 pm: I’m starving…
10.00 pm: Have to read materials for the ethics class tomorrow. There is one interesting story about the HP scandal over illegal corporate spying.
11.00 pm: Some more e-mails to go through.
11.45 pm: I am up to get a good night’s sleep!