1. What was the main reason you decided to study at IE?
I chose the IE Brown Executive MBA because to my mind it had an important liberal art slant combined with the rigor of a traditional MBA.
2. What was the greatest challenge you faced during your studies?
The balancing act of work, family, and studies was by far the most challenging part. Everyone in your family has to be on board with the knowledge that you just won’t be there in the same way for them for about 15 months. We were all relieved and thrilled when I graduated this past May!
3. What has been the primary lesson you learned during your program?
The primary lesson I learned is that all of life is a balancing act with competing priorities. My scarcest resource before, during and after the program, is my time. How I allocate that one resource impacts everything else I do. Basically, I have a mental post-it note, that I use to remind myself that how I spend my time is the key component to my success, be it at home, at work, or at school.
4. How has this program impacted your life?
It’s harder to say how this program has not impacted my life. It has been so life changing in many ways, from the courses and the professors, the learning, and the long-lasting friendships that I’ve made, that it is challenging to say how it has impacted my life in one sentence alone.
However, what I have noticed is that I am significantly more efficient at getting “stuff”, and I mean all manner of “stuff”, done now. During the program, since time was so scarce, I was forced to get very good at getting a lot of things done extremely efficiently. So perhaps one word alone will suffice Efficiency!
5. What was the best memory you have of the program?
There are so many memories, it’s hard to pick just one. However, I would say that the friendships I’ve made are probably the single best thing, memory or otherwise that has come out of the program. The people in the program are amazing, from all walks of life, and all around the world. There is so much knowledge and experience to share, that we’ve all only just scratched the surface in our 15 months together.