Think, Re-think & Action

From my experiences in the corporate world, attending IPMI International Business School (www.ipmi.ac.id) for my MBA (Masters) was one of the best decisions of my life.  It has played a huge role into my daily work-life in the office and especially in driving concrete results.  It also gives me the ability to speak with various other divisions outside of my own division using “their” language to spark critical thinking conversation, as I am currently in the Division of Marketing & Business Development.  It also lets me see things with much more clarity.

In attending business school, I didn’t only learn about the nuts and bolts of business such as finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resources, business strategy, etc, but I also learned the importance of interaction within groups and teams to discuss cases and issues for decision making.  I also learned that for you to get results in Marketing, you have to go out there in the field to network and talk to people. I mean talk to real people with real conversations; not those virtual conversations, but those genuine relationships you build with people.  Upon graduation, I gained a handful of network and connections while being in Business School and automatically part of the large alumni of former graduates.

I also learned the importance of soft skills, attitude and processes.  And, I learned that for you to seek a solution, you must have to first define the correct problem.  If you rush into solution seeking without digging deeper in the problem definition, you might be wasting your time finding a solution for the wrong problem. Also I learned that when you can conclude or investigate something, you have to base it on concrete data and come back with more concrete data to back up your justification.

But in addition to all that, I think one of the most important things I learned at business school is the ability to think; or in other words, learning about the art of thinking.  Having the ability to think is the core of a corporate employee and the core of being successful (In being successful I mean, being able to accomplish what you want to do while benefiting others and getting rewarded for it in terms of money, prestige, links, respect, etc.)

Not many employees realize that they are paid a salary to think.  This is one of the most important things any manager needs to understand. They are paid to find sustainable solutions effectively and efficiently for the organization they’re working for by thinking. Thinking is hard work and takes a lot of energy, that’s why few do it and that’s why few are masters at it.

In conclusion, you don’t need to take my word for it to be where you want to be.  I’m basing this on my own experiences.  Remember that if you are a paid employee, you are paid or given a monthly salary to think, make decisions, develop your team (if you have a team to manage) or be a team player, take responsibility for those decisions, take action, and improve that process all over again. Cheers.

By the way:  I graduated from IPMI International Business school > http://www.ipmi.ac.id

IPMI Business School – Reg Jan 2009/Jul 2008

Growing up as a teenager,  a few of my friends while hanging out would often bombard us within every few minutes to pull out their cameras to shoot some pictures.  During my time as a teen, I always remembered how annoying it was to pause within every few minutes of my “teeny” life to document our day to day living as if there was nothing better to do.

But as we get older to realize that our days are diminishing every second we live and breathe – we take a whole different perspective towards picture taking and documentation.  I’ve recently just realized the importance of documentation as an important aspect of my own life through the great friendships that we bond throughout our days.  The power of documenting pictures or videos is vital to make our days cherishable as well as connect with our inner and outer being of what truly matters in this short life time of ours.  Living simple, cherishing these moments are living norms that we everyday people can live by in order to engrave these precious moments that may never come by ever again.  To my Family and Friends, lets document the times of our lives.  Thank you MBA students & facilitators for making these moments unforgetable.  We are the future leaders of tommorow.ceo-forum-pak-budi-isman