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  • It’s been two months since I began to learn how to code. I’m using Codecademy as my main learning platform and now I am able to setup a server, write very basic code, such as HTMS, CSS, and PHP. As well, I am attempting to create a new, time management mobile app for myself.

    As many successful leaders and business people will tell you, coding is ... Read More

  • Phuket can be an expensive island to live on, especially when you are a foreigner. Dual pricing is not only normal here for tourist attractions but also for sporting events. And while in some cases showing a work permit, long-stay visa, or Thai drivers license can help you get the same price as locals, I prefer to avoid any  place or event where they ... Read More

  • China is a nation of 1.3 billion contradictions. It is governed by a Communist party but is fundamentally capitalist. It wants to open up more to the world, but censorship is everywhere. The government has vowed to crack down on … Continue reading → Read More

  • The last triathlon was already 6 months ago, and besides the BITEC half-marathon I haven’t joined any races yet this year. So you can imagine I was looking forward to the Amarin Outdoor Unlimited International Triathlon 2015 that took place on Saturday 14th of March. I joined the race also last year and the good memories of that race made it an easy ... Read More

  • Wisest is he who knows he knows nothing (Socrates). Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right (Henry Ford). Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom (Aristotle). Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another (JFK). A … Continue reading → Read More

  • Fifteen months ago I contemplated embarking on the executive MBA. It was something I thought would benefit my career. Then, I had just completed my professional accountancy examinations and couldn’t imagine a greater workload from doing the course. Fast forward … Continue reading → Read More

  • I had the privilege of being Umang’s stunt partner on our college dance (raas) team. We shared many hours of practice together on the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana campus, and also two victories in national competitions.

    Now he has partnered up with another fellow Illini, Ashish Patel, and together they recently founded DP Legal, a Chicago ... Read More

  • One of the main reasons I decided to do an MBA at Smurfit was career progression. After nine years of working in the turbulent banking industry, I was lucky enough to secure voluntary severance and a scholarship which enabled me to start the Executive MBA last September. Finding the right job – and ensuring that [...] Read More

  • In my reading for my "Managing Growing Enterprises" class this quarter I came across the following quote by a CEO who attended the Harvard Business School "New CEO Workshop":"There is no work-life balance. There are only work-life trade-offs."With my time at the GSB coming to an end that quote actually made me think. In eight month I will once more ... Read More

  • Perched on the banks of the Charles, two well-known and highly regarded Harvard graduate schools face each other, Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). There are some similarities and differences between the two, and applicants are often torn about which school they should apply to, some actually deciding to apply to both. ... Read More

  • It hasn’t been long since the Koh Maiton snorkeling trip off the coast of Phuket before it was time for the next snorkeling trip already. Only this time we would go a bit further; to Koh Similan. Day-trips to this group of islands are available but from Phuket it is a 1.5-hour drive to the pier followed by a 1.5-hour boat trip so a multiple-day trip ... Read More

  • One of the highlights of the MBA program to date was a week spent studying at IE Business School in Madrid on the Global Network Immersion Week (GNIW) program. The GNIW is a module taken by students in Semester 1 to study abroad with a diverse mix of other international MBA students at one of [...] Read More

  • It’s fair to say, that despite lots of warnings, most of us were at various stages during the first semester almost overwhelmed by the time constraints involved in holding down a fulltime job, completing an MBA and having some semblance of a personal life. We knew it was going to be a substantial commitment but [...] Read More

  • Phuket is an island and therefore surrounded by sea, but I still had trouble finding a decent spot to swim laps. Even though I would have preferred to swim in the sea it just was not practical as I would have to go to the beach by car and would not be able to leave the car keys somewhere dry while I am trying to stay alive between the waves. So I set ... Read More

  • We’re well and truly under way with Semester 4. As noted already by Niall Twomey in his recent post, this is the semester that reflects your personal choices. I have heard varying comments in relation to ‘having more time’ on our hands, which is clearly a relative comment. With my choices of Negotiations Skills, Corporate [...] Read More

  • Business is business. I really hate this phrase – along with all related variations – and always have. What does it even mean? As far as I can tell, it was created for the sole purpose of providing us with justification for what would otherwise be dubious, questionable or unethical behaviour. In the simple context [...] Read More

  • It can be hard sometimes to find the motivation to train hard and improve. A period of rest or recovery can easily be extended with a few weeks and after a long period of going slow it is tempting to keep going at that same speed. My favorite way to find new motivation is just by signing up for a new race; that way I will need to pick up training again ... Read More

  • Final Term

    by Two Years at HBS on February 5, 2015

    The storm has passed and some semblance of normality has returned to campus. It seems everyone has settled into their new schedules and the busyness that accompanies “normal” here at HBS.

    So, what’s my final term like? Following is my course selection for the spring term.

    Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise Power and Glory in ... Read More

  • Week three, semester two, year one, and there is a sense of calm within the class that is both unfamiliar and a little unsettling. I have to admit, I’m enjoying this part of the semester. We have time to properly read the required reading for each new module. We have the time to prepare all [...] Read More

  • You are what you eat, or so the old saying goes. If this is true, by the end of Semester 1, I was tea and toast with chocolate on the side. Nobody can prepare you for the first term of an MBA including the devastating effect on your diet!  Stress, exhaustion and not enough hours [...] Read More

  • One of the great benefits of the UCD Smurfit Executive MBA is the ability to select from a wide range of optional subjects that make up your final semester. Friends who have previously completed the Smurfit MBA all remark on how the final semester was the most enjoyable as you get to pick subjects which [...] Read More

  • The Home Straight

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 28, 2015

    Arriving in the 4th semester of the exec MBA we have completed 12 modules, 328 hours of class, an average of more than twice that in readings, assignments and projects. Every one of those hours has taken its toll over three long semesters. However, entering the home straight, energy and enthusiasm are at levels not [...] Read More

  • So, life passes. The minutia of my experiences in the Manchester MBA recede into memory. It’s been ten months since I stepped outside of Booth Street West as a student for the last time and it already seems a lifetime ago.

    I know from your correspondence that the biggest question that most of you have is where have my MBA colleagues and I washed ... Read More

  • It’s been a while, so please allow me to wish you a belated Happy New Year!

    It’s been more than a month since my last post and I would love to tell you that it’s not because I was too busy to write, but truthfully I was just too lazy. During winter break, I ate a lot, slept well, played hard, and spent the laziest days of the past two years. ... Read More

  • A Little Advice

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 26, 2015

    So we’re on starter’s orders for semester 2 and, as semester 1 becomes a distant memory, the Christmas break has given us time to consider the MBA to date.  When I look back to the familiarisation week in September, I recall the anticipation and trepidation elicited by the presentations given by last year’s class reps [...] Read More

  • Even though Phuket has beautiful beaches and enough to do to entertain yourself for months in a row, it can be nice to visit one of the quieter islands just of the coast of Phuket. Besides pristine beaches and less noisy tourists, you will also find beautiful snorkeling spots and maybe some nice places to shoot some pictures.

    About a week ago I found ... Read More

  • One Year On…

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 23, 2015

    January 2015 is the one year anniversary of when I first seriously started considering taking the MBA program. I had toyed with the idea for several months before but with a new year came a new impetus to push myself and develop new skills that would help me develop professionally and personally. The initial stages [...] Read More

  • After finishing the module 1 exams in December there were many days and nights of celebration at regaining my free time. Friends and family I had ignored over the previous three months were contacted and reminded that I was alive.  The celebrations lasted for two weeks before the New Year was upon us with the [...] Read More

  • Roll On China!

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 19, 2015

    I’m writing this after attending my first two classes of semester 2, year 2 of the EMBA. There is no doubt but my enthusiasm for attending class has reduced significantly when compared to 15 months ago! However, on the up-side I am six months away from completing the programme and that is a huge motivation [...] Read More

  • We Do Get a Break!

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 14, 2015

    Many of the posts on this blog touch on the aspect of time, and how little of it we have when immersed in the MBA. It is true that the workload is intense and takes up much of your time. Each semester consists of 12 busy weeks of lectures, assignments, group work etc. This is [...] Read More

  • Find Reasons To Celebrate

    by Pathik Bhatt on January 8, 2015

    The sun will come up today. The sun will go down. People will go to work, or school, or not. They will drive. They will eat. They will watch tv. They will sleep. Today is like any other day. Except it is also different. It is different because we as a people have decided to use such days to celebrate. We have decided to think about this particular day ... Read More

  • Two days before Christmas and I’m finally getting round to writing my blog; David Sweeney I expect you to follow suit. I’d like to share with you my Bizworld (www.bizworldireland.ie) ‘Dragon in the Den’ experience that I had a couple of weeks ago. I visited St Olafs National School in Balally to be the ‘dragon’ [...] Read More

  • It has been a busy semester for our year 1 and full-time classes with a steep learning curve and lots to absorb, well done on getting that first semester behind you.  For the year 2 EMBAs – never fear the light is very much at the end of the tunnel for you. Everyone in the [...] Read More

  • Well, the ‘Hare’ here is my new born self from the fast paced MBA life, and ‘Turtle’ is my slow and analysing inner original self. I have been thinking of writing this blog for a while, but then again the ‘Turtle’ wouldn’t let me. Ever since I have started this journey of MBA, and it [...] Read More

  • I am now at the midway mark of my second year and into the long awaited winter break. Unlike last year when I spent the break traveling South America, this year I will be devoting time and energy to my start-up.

    In retrospect, I would have to say that second year (EC) is radically distinct from first year (RC). As regular readers of this space are ... Read More

  • We all study to finally get a job. However the interview process for a job is a stringent process. Each of us prepare for it with the help of seniors, teachers, extra career counselling etc.Here i have listed some of the common myths which were broken during my placement process. Read it and Hope it helps you in your placement processhttp://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/12/09/some-myths-debunked-during-placement-process/ Read More

  • Exam season is now well and truly under way for all of the MBAs in Smurfit. On the Exec MBA we had four modules this semester, but, as Organisational Behaviour & Decision Making was 100% continuous assessment in the form of two major assignments, we have just three exams ahead of us. These finish up [...] Read More

  • On Friday December 5th, we saw the MBA Classes of 2014 receive their well-deserved graduation awards at the conferring ceremony in UCD O’Reilly Hall. Following this, on Saturday December 6th, we attended the Smurfit MBA Graduation Ball 2014. The ball was organised by the graduates and took place in The Morrison Hotel, Dublin. One of [...] Read More

  • Last Friday 5th December saw the graduation of the MBA classes of 2014 at a very pleasant conferring ceremony in the O’Reilly Hall in Belfield.  As ever it was a privilege to see those MBA participants who had worked so long and hard finally achieve their aim of being a graduate of the programme. After [...] Read More

  • It is with great pleasure that I share this behind-the-scenes look at Elegance Décor and the founders, who are 3 the most creative minds in the wedding and event décor business. Both my wife and I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign with them and since then we have shared many great times together with this family. We were also fortunate ... Read More

  • Well here we are in December. Where has the time gone? It seems like it was only yesterday that I was walking into orientation wondering what exactly I had gotten myself into. Now I have fully immersed myself in the Full time MBA and the opportunities that come with it. The most fun I have [...] Read More

  • Widen your horizons

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on December 5, 2014

    When I took the decision to leave a stable and secure job, to devote one full year to my MBA journey at Smurfit Business School, I never thought that it would have such a life-changing impact. I think all my classmates would be echoing the same feelings. Though we used to have quite a versatile [...] Read More

  • Top 10 MBA insights

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on December 3, 2014

    It’s good to be busy! Time management is over-rated. Coffee is your friend. The MBA room has no windows for a reason. Jiggery pokery is frowned upon. If you haven’t read the case study, read the case study. If you have read the case study, speak jiggery pokery authoritatively. The early bird catches the worm…but [...] Read More

  • A glass one-quarter full or three-quarters empty?  I argue my MBA study is a now a quarter of the way. I wanted to use this blog as an opportunity to reflect on where I am, what I have learned – as quite frankly I have not had the chance to do so since the beginning [...] Read More

  • Thanksgiving

    by Two Years at HBS on November 27, 2014

    It’s Thanksgiving Day today. At this time last year I was in NYC, watching the rambunctious and animated Macy’s parade from an unbelievably crowded sidewalk on Broadway. In sharp contrast, this year I’m staying here in Boston and spending a serene, peaceful day. Most of my fellow HBS students left a couple of days ago to spend the holiday in their ... Read More