I’m starting a series of notes from lectures I attend at HBS. We’re fortunate to have frequent talks given by senior executives from various industries – the only thing we lack is time to go to all of these amazing events, but I’m trying my best.

The first one I attended was a talk with Mr. Bob McDonald, COO of P&G (Procter & Gamble), about “Values Based Leadership”. Mr. McDonald drew upon his experience as an army commander and a manager and developed a set of beliefs about management and leadership.

Personal note – usually I don’t like this sort of fluffy / hug the trees kind of talks, but I was really impressed by this one. Mr. McDonald is very open, charismatic, and truly believes in what he says.

So here’s a summary of his talk:
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Taking Good Trips

September 26th, 2007

I was in New York this weekend with an American HBS friend, celebrating Yom Kippur (or at least the end of it). I also got to meet my ex-boss (and HBS recommender) who recently relocated to New Jersey with his family. So that was a fun weekend – it’s nice to get out of town once in a while.
And speaking of getting out of town – this weekend is a long weekend here and I’m going on The Las Vegas Trek with HBS Hospitality Club – fun!
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First week of school

September 17th, 2007

(unfortunately my titles aren’t very creative, I guess my creativity is elsewhere these days)

First week of classes ended, and it’s been a wild ride. Adjusting to waking up at 6:30 or 7am every day isn’t easy, but fortunately the day certainly improves after this start.

My classes are great. All First-Year students take the same 5 classes in the first term: Accounting, Finance 1, Marketing, Lead(ership) and Technology and Operations. You can read more about the content of the courses here. What I personally have found out, at least up until now, is that how much I enjoy a course almost entirely depends on the professor. So my current favorite is, perhaps surprisingly, accounting (my parents would be proud :)). That said, classes require a tremendous amount of work preparing for them, and class participation can be quite stressful.

A few highlights from this and last week:

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First Day of School!!!!!1!!

September 5th, 2007

Here’s what’s been going on in the last couple of weeks, in reverse chronological order:

Today: First Day of School

Today was the first day of HBS Class of 2009. It was actually quite exciting for me and I’ve been dreaming about being late for the first class at least three times this week :) Today wasn’t the first day of classes though, we have three days of Orientation and real classes only start on Friday.

Today started off at 8:40am with the Dean’s Welcome. It was the first time I got to see all of my 900 classmates, and I have to tell you it’s amazing. To hear 900 people laugh, clap or just chat all together make you really realize the power of this number. Like someone later said, 900 people is not bad for a rock concert…

Dean Jay Light welcomed us to school and other important MBA-program people did too, with a presentation of one of the marketing professors (whose name I can’t remember now…) being really funny. Sample quote – “HBS is really a non-profit organization. We don’t have profit, we have surplus“.

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