Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sheer Brilliance in Action Part 2 - MIT Sloan Fellows Program

Sometimes you come across teachers who take teaching to a totally different level. When you sit in their class you can only feel fortunate to be able to experience such brilliance. 

Prof. John Van Maanen teaches a course called Leading Organisations to the Sloan Fellows. His experience and expertise in subjects like organisation behavior and organisation design is unmatched. 

In the picture below he is in fact standing on the table. This was just to demonstrate that communication  becomes extremely difficult if the divide between the top management and the rest of the organisation is too much. Such a hard hitting message conveyed in such a simple manner...simply brilliant...

Friday, October 14, 2011

1400+ Years = Total Experience in Sloan Fellows Class - MIT Sloan Fellows Program

Its been a while since I posted last. The fall term has been as busy as the summer term, if not more.

In this term people taking lots of electives, listening in to several lectures, some folks taking classes at Harvard. Plenty of companies in school to recruit 2-Yr MBAs, so many events and overall lots of buzz.

I was just sitting in one of the lectures last week and I looked around the class. 102 Sloan Fellows and a guest speaker (every week we have guest speakers like former chairman of NYSE and the likes). At that point in the room, it occurred to me that,

The Total Experience in the room = 1400+ years 

(102 Sloan Fellows x 14 yrs. of Experience (avrg.))

Of course, I dont have 14 yrs of experience. ;)

But its such a humbling experience to be in sitting in such a company.

One can only imagine the level at which the discussions take place in this class.... no wonder the senior most faculty at Sloan (look at my prev post) only want to teach the Sloan Fellows. And for most of them that is the only class they take in the year..!!