A HEC MBA 2010 student diary

When the going gets tough…

Posted in Leadership Training by Faiz Wahid on April 21, 2009

The tough MBA students of HEC Paris got going during the 2 day offsite leadership training session at the Special Military School of Saint Cyr at Coetquidan in France.

The sessions involved group missions and individual commando-styled trainings which ensured that our minds get trained to “expect the unexpected”. Probably the most important skill for a leader is to anticipate the next thing around the corner (strong lesson for to-be business and political leaders who were witness to the financial crisis that unfolded recently).

Some snaps from the session are below,

St. Cyr Day 1

St. Cyr Day 1

St. Cyr Day 2

St. Cyr Day 2


IPP Seminars Set 1 complete…

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on April 17, 2009

I haven’t updated the blog for some time now. Had been trying hard to secure an IPP (Individual Professional Project) with a company during the last month. I’ll write more about my IPP in a separate post. However, let me write a little bit about what happened this week.

This week saw the completion of the first set of IPP seminars. I, along with about 19 other colleagues who are going for individual professional projects, attended these seminars.

The first 2 day seminar was on “Global Warming & Economic Opportunities” with Walid Malouf who is the City Director – Paris at William J Clinton Foundation. The seminar focused on reviewing some key results published based on the World3 model that forecasts the environmental situation of our planet, until 2100 years and beyong, under various scenarios.

Using the model, we could review the impact of various scenarios on the,

  • state of the world – measured using effect on population, food production, industrial output, level of pollution, non-renewable resources
  • material standards of living – measured using effect on food production per person, services per person, average life expectancy and goods consumed per person
  • human welfare and footprint – measured by calculating the human welfare index and the ecological footprint.

In summary, we concluded that,

  • no one crisis (food, population, resource etc) can be solved independently.
  • we run out of capital before we run out of planetary resources. Huge capital investment is needed if technology is considered as a solution driver.

Finally, we concluded with the opinion that to ensure a sustainable future the high consuming societies will need to rationalize their  consumption while at the same time the socio-economic conditions of the people living at the bottom of the pyramid will have to be raised.

The later part of the seminar focused on Cleantech and the economic opportunities arising from the same.

The second 2 day seminar was on “Personal Assessment and Leadership” with Prof. Alain Keravel of HEC Paris and Stéphane Lhuillier, Associate Director and Executive Coach at Arquites.

The seminar allowed me to undertake the MBTI assessment along with my colleagues. We had a very interesting debrief using group games that allowed us to understand the various scales on which MBTI measures personality types.

This was followed by the plank exercise in which each group was given 15 slotted wood planks that we had to fit together to form the complex design which was given. The task was to create a plan to finish the job in less than a minute. Our group, of 4 participants, achieved the shortest time of 8.94 seconds to deliver the job. The exercise was followed by a debrief wherein we discussed on the team dynamics of the various groups.

More exercises, debriefs & leadership theory followed and the session finally ended today evening.

Tomorrow, we are leaving for the 2 day offsite leadership seminar at the Special Military School of St Cyr Coetquidan.

I’m looking forward to have some fun away from campus.

Coming up – India Week 2009 at HEC Paris!

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on March 15, 2009
India Week Mailer

India Week Mailer

The coming week will be celebrated as the India Week at HEC Paris. Lot’s of preparation is going on. Aside from a movie screening, we are simulating two challenging and entertaining events – A typical Indian Village Fair (Mela) and a typical Indian Wedding Ceremony (Baraat & Shadi).

It’s going to be fun especially considering the fact that a real non-Indian couple, who are also MBA Participants, will get married the Indian way in the simulation.

Here is the link to the official website of the event.

Here is the link to the promotional flyer that I prepared for this event.

I’ll keep you posted.

Bura Na Maano – Holi Hai !

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on March 12, 2009

Pictures speak louder than words. So here’s a sample of what went at Residence Expansiel (HEC MBA student quarters) on the evening of Holi – the festival of colors. Truly an exciting time with colors all over.


Holi 2009 in Residence Expansiel at HEC Paris.

Learn more about the Festival of Holi on Wikipedia.

How important can colors be in our lives?

I was overwhelmed by the answer which partly lies in this video,

May we enjoy all the colors in our life and may God bless us with peace!

A clear understanding of the financial crisis…

Posted in Business World by Faiz Wahid on March 11, 2009

Recently, a friend of mine shared this video with me and it was fascinating to see the mechanics of the current financial crisis being captured in “almost” totality yet being presented in a simple manner. I share it below for your reference.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

Launching the General Management Club at HEC…

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on January 10, 2009

I have set up a new club at HEC for MBA participants interested in developing General Management careers.

Read my post on the club blog about why a new club is needed?

More links

Club Blog (public access)

Closed group for club members (HEC MBA Participants only)

Club Officers from September 2008 intake

Core 1 ends, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on December 20, 2008

Finally, I wrote my last exam of the first core phase of the MBA. It has been a tremendous experience studying 8 MBA courses + 1 French language course in 4 months.

My readings for the last 4 months

My readings for the last 4 months (HEC MBA Core 1)

In the meantime, I received my Carte de Sejour (French residence permit) as well. I had to go for the medical checkup and collection of residence permit on 17th December. The process was comfortably completed as the HEC Administration arranged a bus which proved extremely convenient for us especially in the exam time.

So finally, core 1 ends and now I can take a break and meet my family. India, here I come !!

For the next 2 weeks, I won’t be updating the blog. But you can expect a lot of interesting stuff in core 2 (starting Jan 2009) as my journey through this MBA proceeds further and the excitement unravels…

Wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year!

Au revoir!

Celebrating the upcoming Christmas!

Posted in Uncategorized by Faiz Wahid on December 19, 2008

On 19th December 2008, the HEC Partner’s club organized a Christmas party for the HEC MBA Participants and their families. Look out for the fatest santa in the below slideshow. Enjoy and merry Christmas !

A lovely couple and their darling daughter…

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on November 9, 2008

The slideshow below is to offer my sincere gratitude to a lovely couple and their beautiful daughter who have become my dear friends and family in this far away place (if you have the feeling that I am being emotive, then you should definitely check out where the place called “Jouy-en-Josas” really is!). May God bless them always with guidance, peace and happiness.

The pictures in the show below were taken on the occasion of Vikas & Neha’s 4th wedding anniversary celebrations at Golden Bengal Restaurant in Versailles. On a side note, the food served was really good and if you happen to be in Versailles then I definitely recommend you to have a meal at this Indian restaurant.

Mid Term Exams, Supply Chain & Jeff Immelt (CEO, GE)

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on November 1, 2008

Last two weeks have been pretty hectic. We finished mid term examinations for Statistics & Financial Markets. I am quite satisfied with my performance in both the exams.

The hectic nature of the last two weeks has primarily been due to case assignments for Supply Chain Management. The cases were pretty complex but it was fun working on them. Recently, we started the Littlefield simulation game wherein individual work groups need to manage operations of a factory over one “simulated year” (5 real days) so as to maximize cash at hand. The game is pretty engaging however we are not faring well at the moment. The game is to reinforce our understanding of the various supply chain management concepts like management of lead time, inventory, capacity etc,

This week I also worked out our group’s marketing project topic and have sent it for review to Professor Wolfgang Ulaga. I’ll write more about it once the topic is approved by the Professor.

Finally, it was a great moment when today (31.10.2008) Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric (GE) addressed an assembly of MBA students (us) from HEC and engineers from ParisTech. The conference was highly interesting with Mr. Immelt briefly talking about his MBA (1982) experience and his company GE. At the end of the session HEC conferred an honorary degree on Mr. Immelt which he kindly accepted. The conference was held at Paris Chamber of Commerce grand building in Paris.

In the coming week we have a mid-term examination for the Financial Accounting course and completion of the Littlefield sumulation. The weekend is to be spent on studying Financial Accounting. I just realize now that its 2:30am in the morning and I’ve spent the holloween night in a not so ghostly costume (pajamas :-). I will close my post here and come back in the next week with more updates.