Leadership. What a fluid term to take apart, actually more of an idea-- an idea of empowering the world around us. Why should we have or why do we require leadership? Good leadership can carry people through the dark and has the potential to lead people to better places. Leadership cannot just be seen as a person in charge of others, but rather it is a calling and a responsibility. A certain trust is put into leaders, and a leader would be wise to not take this trust for granted. Leading implies following, and a leader without followers simply cannot be a leader. Leading is a responsibility which enables others to go to places where otherwise they may not have been able to go.
The path of a leader paves the way for the people who follow, but who paves the path for the leader? A leader sets the path, but how is the leader to know that the direction of the path is set in the right direction? Are time and experience the determining factors for setting good paths, or does it come down to the moral character of the leader? Or could it be that lady luck determines the final destination of a leader’s path. One thing is for certain, the path of a leader is aimed at a destination, whether the destination is reached however is to be seen. The effective leader with eyes wide open will be able to foretell the destination of his path and the poor leader will be in for a surprise.
Hopefully, the leaders of tomorrow will contemplate and be mindful while planning their destinations and then choose the right paths to reach them. A clear path to a bad destination and a bad path to a good destination are not beneficial, and in the end these two things betray trust.
Towards the end of my first semester in the MBA program, I was asked to choose between two different concentrations – Finance or Supply Chain Management (Operations).
Supply Chain Management at EBS is offered by the Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI). They have a ties with the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB) and run courses focused on India and on emerging markets. SMI works very closely with various corporations.
I chose Supply Chain Management because I come from the manufacturing industry with a Mechanical Engineering background and already had a feel for operations management. I always liked supply chain and logistics networks and looked at it to understand how they were designed and managed. I also used to look at the rail/tram network designs of a city, more so, after coming to Germany. Together with my mathematical bend of mind, liking for numbers and computers, it made perfect sense for me to choose Supply Chain Management. It will also broaden my job choices after I complete my studies at EBS.
As part of my coursework, I am currently taking Advanced Concepts in Supply Chain Management, Financial Supply Chain Management, and Management Information Systems. From a practical standpoint, I am currently doing project work with Danone Waters Deutschland GmbH on supply chain network design with a focus on optimizing costs.
(PS) I do like finance and am currently planning to do my MBA thesis by linking both finance and supply chain management.
My name is Maike and I started my Bachelor studies in General Management at the European Business School in September 2008. I am currently in my second year at EBS where my focus is on business languages, particularly Spanish. In January 2010 I will be going to Spain for my semester abroad.
I came to the EBS from Hamburg, in the north of Germany, where I was born and where I lived for most of my life. However, the last two years of secondary school I spent in a boarding school in England. I was 16 when I went to the small village of Worksop, located at the northern edge of the Sherwood Forrest. It was an interesting experience living in a different country, meeting new people and being without my parents. Over my two years abroad in England I became a lot more independent, learned very much about myself and got to know another culture. One of the most interesting things about being abroad was being a foreigner and a stranger in a new land, specifically entering a new environment, realising how many differences there were and, by the end of my time there, managing to fit in. The year after I graduated from school I took a gap year where I did some internships and was a leader on an interchange with children from Colombia.
Although I have been at the EBS for nearly one and a half years now, it feels like a lot longer because so many things have happened. EBS expects a high level of academic excellence, which takes up a lot of my time, but there are several other non-curricular activities I enjoy as well. I have attended numerous congresses and was able to help organize some of those events, have had many opportunities to meet and listen to the talks of representatives of a number of companies, have participated in competitions, and have enjoyed spending time with new friends.
This was a first brief insight into my life, and I hope I will be able to give you some interesting information about the EBS in general and my study program, as well as a few cultural insights from my own experiences.
This week’s blog is Part II from last week’s blog where I told you about seizing an opportunity and against odds making it into a reality, namely entering the Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009.
To our delight a number of weeks later we received an invitation to the Karlsruhe Business Masters Case Competition Final in November 2009, along with eight other teams from across the globe. The international flavor of the competition was set with a team from Finland, Denmark, China, USA, India and four German teams. The competition was to last three and half days, and no one was quite sure what we would be asked to do during those days. There was respectable prize money and prestige to be competed for. We were put up in an extremely comfortable 4 star hotel and were wined and dined on the first evening. Fun was had by all, but the anxiety level rose slowly too as we had no idea what kind of case we were going to be given the following morning to solve. Settling down to sleep I closely browsed through the itinerary for the next couple of days and realized that, goodness gracious me, we had a mere 24 hours to solve the case! Certainly a well-constructed pressured situation indeed.ööö The following day we had the case debriefing; we were to choose a mega-city and solve one of the city’s problems in the areas of energy or transportation. Our solution again was to take the form of a business plan with all the relevant financial statistics, marketing plan, sustainable essence, feasible realization and uniqueness—including a presentation of our conclusions. WOW!
Our team was given a room and all the necessary stationery to work on a solution. After much discussion we finally settled on an idea and worked on it at an intense pace until 3:30 am. After a couple of hours sleep we were back up and racing to meet the deadline with our presentation. Shortly before lunch we had to submit our presentations to the coordinators of the competition and pick up the presentation slots list. Low and behold we had been given the first slot to present our solution to the panel of judges. After a mere 45 minutes of practicing our presentation and grabbing a quick lunch, we lined up in front of a panel of five judges. The pressure was certainly there; all credit must be given to my team as we presented well and convincingly.
And then we had to wait and wait…
In next week’s blog I will tell you what happened…
Today I have decided to put a good bit of effort into lining up an internship for the summer. One of the hardest parts sometimes is deciding exactly where you want to go. I have come to the conclusion that I would like to go in one of three directions: strategy consulting, banking industry, or the automotive industry.
Application processes for me tend to take a good bit of time. I like to thoroughly prepare and organize my information and documents before I decide to send them off. Right now I am working on finding all the positions that I would like to apply for. So far I have found some interesting opportunities at BMW, A.T. Kearney, Bain, and Alphabet. All offer good opportunities with a lot of growth and development potential.
When I begin my career I would ideally like to get myself into a position where I have good bit of flexibility, especially in my area of operation. I enjoy getting around and seeing and experiencing new things; right now an unsettling idea for me is the notion of remaining static in one place. Formany people stability is the chance to remain stationary for the majority of their life, often a comforting thought for most people. I believe that I am a person who gains stability from the opportunity of change. I guess this puts me right on target with the requirements of a global business environment today.
These are the types of things that I try to consider when I am looking for positions to apply for. Proper deliberation and self-evaluation is an essential aspect of the process. I am confident that I will find a good opportunity, and I am interested to see which direction I do decide to go with. I’ll keep you updated regarding the outcome.
- Wochenrückblick: Die ewige Exposition
- Wochenrückblick: Was das Eis uns lehrt
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 1
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 2
- Wochenrückblick: Die Unkalkulierbarkeit des Lebens eines Juristen als Wettervorhersage
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 3
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 4
- Wochenrückblick: Einen Moment, bitte
- Langeweile? Fremdwort!
- Was machen wir eigentlich? Also inhaltlich und akademisch?
- A few thoughts on searching for a specific Internship
- Die lieben "Tauschies"
- Buch? Skript? Bib? Wikipedia?
- Der typische Tag eines EBSlers I - die brutale Variante :)
- Der ganz (un-)normale Wahnsinn
- Der typische Tag eines EBSlers II - die „gechillte“ Variante :)
- Citi Group Business Knigge Seminar
- Hey everyone!
- "Woohoo, I'm there!"
- My first exposure to: the Cradle to Cradle design concept
- Introducing myself …
- The Amazing “New Philanthropy”
- Monday, Jan. 10th
- Dance 4 life …
- Tuesday, Jan. 11th
- Wednesday, Jan. 12th
- Ms. Orzala Ahshraf Nemat – More than a Leader
- Thursday, Jan. 13th
- Friday, Jan. 14th
- Back to business ...
- Neues Semester, neues Glück
- Business as usual
- Der frühe Vogel fängt den ... äh, die gewünschte Auslandsuni :)
- Und das ist erst der Anfang...
- Life@EBS... oder eben gerade nicht?
- Die erste nächtliche Arbeitssitzung an der EBS
- Getting ready for the middle country
- My Thoughts on Ethics
- Studentenalltag in Oestrich-Winkel
- „Pourquoi avez-vous choisi le Françasis?“
- Erste Vorlesungen und Company Presentation
- Introduction: Der Neue
- Das EBS Symposium 2010
- Reges Treiben auf dem Campus
- Synergizing Networking and Time-management
- Die Angebot des Symposiums
- Final Countdown
- Ein optimaler Start
- Networking Barbeque
- Die Sonne scheint!
- König Fußball
- Der argentinische Vize-Präsident und ich ...
- Opportunity Costs
- Symposium - unser „Erstes“
- The Turkish Night
- Imposanter Morgen
- Souveräner Schlusspunkt
- Gedanken zum EBS-Symposium (aus „Quietschie“-Sicht)
- Ein glückliches Team
- Reflections on my Master’s Thesis
- Career Forum
- Alltag @ EBS?
- Starting in China
- Class Composition
- What is “Green” in 200 words?
- First impressions
- Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009: Part I
- In Focus: Incentives
- Internship Hunting
- Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009: Part II
- EBS Bachelor Blogger: Maike
- Supply Chain Management at EBS
- The Path of a Leader
- Funding Options
- Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009: Part III
- Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Spain
- Getting Organized
- My First Week in Spain
- Strategy and Organization