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March 2008
Meet the Faculty

Professor Ed Watson of LSU

Professor Ed Watson hails from Louisiana State University and is teaching Management Information Systems and facilitating the SAP workshop at the CIMBA Asolo campus. He has taught at CIMBA since 2000, and this year traveled to CIMBA with his wife, Christine, and three children.

What brings you back to CIMBA each year?

CIMBA is a very exciting program to be involved in. The entire CIMBA staff is very hard working, very responsive, caring, passionate and effective. They are a joy to work with. Now, there is an aspect to the "environment" that I also love. Just walking the streets, peering in the shop windows, greeting passersby, listening the birds or the wind and feeling like I am living in the past. There is nothing like this in the U.S. 
Then there is the food. There is so much flavor, and it is so much healthier than what we get in the states. My kids asked me what they put in the food that tastes so good and now they know my answer: "love." 
Finally, there is the whole CIMBA culture, one that never stops. The Leadership Breakthrough 1, PSDM, international student body, great administration, network of faculty and amazing students, all mixed together brings us something unique and exciting to be a part of.

What's your best "CIMBA" moment?
Well, I guess I have lots of favorite moments. In the classroom, when there is an exciting exchange between myself and students, or between students, or the occasional "aha!" moment. Also, at the end of a successful weekend, when we conclude the class, it is great to be able to hang around Asolo and CIMBA in a more relaxed mode, once the job is done.  That is great, too. The dinners with Al & Cristina at yet another wonderful restaurant I've never been to before - these are lifelong memories. And when my family has the opportunity to be with me, every one of those moments is precious to me.

How has CIMBA affected you?
At a personal level, especially with LB1, I have a new, more positive and optimistic outlook on life. I am a better, more compassionate and effective teacher, I have had the opportunity to meet great faculty from many other disciplines and I have been able to learn more about a very fascinating and passionate country. This is harder to explain. I think I understand it more and more each year, but it also becomes harder and harder to explain. It has affected me profoundly; it is hard to put it in words without my eyes tearing up.

What's the best thing about CIMBA?
The people (students, administrators, faculty, alumni and CIMBA friends and partners). The country - CIMBA anywhere else would not be CIMBA. The processes. All the "extras." And, of course, they should call Caffe Centrale the Asolo-Central satellite campus of CIMBA.

How cool is it having you family here?
It is too cool. Talk about growing! My goodness, my family together has grown in ways that are not possible by just hanging out in the States. They understand culture, language, food and history much better than before. They have really enjoyed the entire "experience." Being here an entire semester has really opened their eyes. We all feel a strong attraction to this part of Italy. The people, the landscape, the food. We all fantasize about moving here.
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March is here, blowing in with the last of winter and leaving us with the lovely Italian spring. All the faculty and staff of CIMBA wish everyone a Happy Easter!

With all our surroundings turning green, trees budding new leaves and flowers blooming, it's hard to stay in class and focus - but that's the challenge, to balance our work with our play despite the allure of beautiful weather.

Life demands prioritizing tasks and finding that work-life balance that is so elusive. What determines what gets done in your life? Do you carefully plan what will get done, or wait and just see how things turn out, hoping there'll be time for everything?

Here at CIMBA, we believe time is what you make of it - be proactive in your time management, and get the most out of March! Our students are busy with the scholarly as well as the exploratory; catch up on their events below.

Batley profile pictureSix Sigma

The MBA students have been hard at work on their consulting projects - and now, March adds in Six Sigma projects.

Student teams are working on area companies and factories to apply the concepts and strategies learned in last semester's intensive Six Sigma workshop, led by CIMBA alumnus Lee Campe.

The consulting and Six Sigma project make up a core element of the CIMBA MBA experience - pairing classroom knowledge with real-life application in the business world.

Extracurricular Activities
With all the work on the MBAs' plates, there's still time for fun, though, including an olive oil tasting seminar, an Easter dinner and a trip to Lake Garda to enjoy spring in Italy.

Olive oil tastng held at CIMBA AsoloCIMBA partnered with Cafe Centrale to produce the olive oil tasting held at CIMBA's Asolo campus March 13. All full-time students, a smattering of CIMBA staff and faculty, and more than 15 community members attended the tasting.


We are in the recruiting process for international students. The deadline for the application submission is May 30. If you know of a bright, talented young man or woman eager to get an international MBA degree, with emphasis on leadership and consulting, please tell him/her to contact us for more information at  

On April 5, at 11.00AM at Cimba, Asolo, there will be a presentation of the MBA Full Time and Part Time. The presentation is a good opportunity to know  more about the program, the experience, the learning environment and the future perspective after getting the Cimba MBA degree. For more information, please contact Margherita Lago,

CIMBA Undergraduate
Advisory nights at the undergrad campus are always great opportunities for students, faculty and staff members to interact outside the classroom and experience some different sights, sounds, smells and activities together.

advisory night 3/08 Groups learned to make pizza in three local businesses, had an all-American night of burgers and cinema,  hung out in an Irish pub, enjoyed some jazz, ate Chinese and Mexican cuisine and just indulged in a night out.

Next for the undergraduates is a taste of professional life in Italy as students visit local companies to explore professional settings in Italy. We'll have more on that in our April edition - look for it next month!

CIMBA Executive Programs
LB1 executive group '08
CIMBA's Executive Certificate in Leadership completed Rapport Leadership International's Leadership Breakthrough One course on March 2nd, completing the difficult hands-on
two-and-a-half  day course developing key leadership skills such as teamwork, enthusiasm, focus, accountability and taking action.

Now that they're finished with LB1, leadership program paricipants will go on to take individual coaching sessions and classes on neuroscience, management and team building.
CIMBA Calendar - March 2008
CIMBA Undergrad
March 10 - Cover Letter Workshop
March 12 - Career Workshop, Gourmet Dinner
March 18 - Expatriate panel, DeMarchi Hall
March 20 - Townhall Meeting, DeMarchi Hall
March 24 - Travel Week begins!
March 1, 2 - Finance with Prof. David Carter, Oklahoma State University
March 4-5 - Career Strategy Sessions
March 8-9, 15-16 - Global Marketing Management with Prof. John Wong, Iowa State University
March 14 - ISA Professional Development with Dr. Cristina Turchet
March 28 - Neuroscience of Leadership Seminar with Dr. David Rock, CEO of ResultsCoachingSystems of Sydney, Australia
March 29 and 30 - Managing Information Systems with Prof. Ed Watson, Louisiana State University
April 5 - Full Time and Part Time MBA recruitment presentation 
CIMBA Executive Programs
March 7, 8 - Managing Human Resources with Dr. Dominic Standish, University of Kansas adjunct professor 
March 8 - LB1 Debrief with Dr. Katiuscia Baggio
March 29 -
The Neuroscience of Leadership and Brain-based coaching with Dr. David Rock, CEO of ResultsCoachingSystems of Sydney, Australia
A-B-C: Al's Book Club
booksThe Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

As many of you have come to realize by reading this column, the CIMBA leadership development system is based on neuroscience and psychology. One of the primary goals of any successful leadership development system is the enhanced self-awareness of its participants. An important aspect of self-awareness is "mindfulness" - essentially making you aware of your thinking. 

The notion of "mindfulness" is by no means a new concept. Ancient cultures worldwide have long drawn on various methods, including meditation, prayer, yoga and tai chi, to help individuals move toward well-being by focusing their attention on the present. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to enhance our physical, mental and social well-being.

One of the predominant researchers verifying the scientific implications of meditation, and specifically the Interrelated Body Mind Technique or IBMT, is Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang, a pre-eminent Chinese neuroscientist who is bringing IBMT to the United States as he and other leading social neuroscientists study it at the University of Oregon. Dr. Tang also is a member of the CIMBA Leadership Development Board and has brought IBMT to CIMBA. Here, a group of MBA students and staff (including myself) are being trained in the technique.

While no book exists to describe IBMT as of yet, this month I highly recommend a book by Professor Daniel J. Siegel from UCLA called "The Mindful Brain" to give you a sense of both the importance of meditation to the business executive and the experience our current MBAs are enjoying. The proper technique will assist you in clearing your mind before important meetings, improving your ability to focus and concentrate, enhancing your energy when the demands of your job has taken it from you, and thereby improving your performance and well-being.