CIMBA Newsletter

January 2010
In This Issue
CIMBA Calendar of Events
CIMBA Undergraduate
Executive Programs
Al's Book Club
Meet the Alumni

Daniel Marinovic

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Daniel Marinovic, and I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I graduated from CIMBA in 2002.  At present I am the Vice President of Finance with First Gulf Corporation (part of the Great Gulf Group of Companies) -- in short, we are one of the largest privately held real estate development and investment companies in Canada.  I oversee the acquisition, financing, and development of many high-profile projects as well as an extensive portfolio of assets which include office towers, industrial parks, retail centers, mixed-used developments, hotels, etc.  Our group is involved in major real estate projects across the country and US.
What would you say about your overall experience as a CIMBA student?
Looking back my year in Italy, it would be best described as fairytale-like; there is something magical and intoxicating about the town of Asolo that CIMBA students can appreciate.  I had some of the most memorable moments of my life during my year in Italy, and I stay in close contact with quite a few colleagues from my program.  It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend all current and future students take in every single second of it, because it goes by so quickly.  What I realize know is there was a wonderful marriage between sharpening your managerial skills to compete in the business world all the while taking it the beauty of your surroundings and people.  I think it helps humble us North Americans in particular, and, to a large degree, this thought guides my day-to-day.
How has CIMBA affected your life, personally and professionally?
I'd say I've benefitted from the critical thinking skills I acquired through the CIMBA program -- they helped me to compete at a significant level.  To say there are a lot of sharks involved with high profile real estate investment projects would be an understatement, and I'm definitely appreciative.  Moreover, it was during my year at CIMBA that I realized I wanted to choose this industry through a commercial real estate speaker who presented to our class.  The light kind of went off in my head, and here I am in the captain's chair eight years later.
What else?
Other things to add?  Oh that's easy!  I would like the person reading this e-mail to close it and immediately have a spritz at Caffè Centrale in my honor!

Alumni Updates

Alok Tiwari (CIMBA MBA class of 2009) was married to his wife, Nidhi, on December 12th. Alok will soon be working for Clivet out of their Dubai office.  

Congratulations, newlyweds!

New job? Moving somewhere new? Getting married? Other life changes? Want to volunteer your profile for the Meet the Alumni section?
Keep your fellow alums in the loop! Send your news items to and they will appear here the following month.
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Past Issues

calendar of events 
January / February 2010

16, 17 Jan.: MBA Production & Operations Management  with Dr. Timothy Lowe
22, 23 Jan.: MBA Negotiation Skills with Dr. George Siedel
27, 28, 30, 31 Jan.: MBA Finance with Dr. Dave Carter
6, 7, 13, 14 Feb.:  Marketing with Dr. Catherine Cole
20, 21, 23, 24 Feb.: MBA Finance with Dr. Dave Carter
27, 28 Feb.: MBA New Venture Development with Dr.                 Richard McCarty
18 Jan.: Spring 2010 Undergraduates Arrive!
19 Jan.: Program Orientation, Classes Begin
20-22, 26-27 Jan.: LIFE Programs 
21-22, 27-28 Jan.: K-T PSDM Workshops
21, 22, 23, 29 Jan.: Da Vinci Challenges
10 Feb.: 1st Gourmet Dinner
13 - 21 Feb.: Travel Break!
22, 23 Jan.: Executive Human Resources with Dr. Dominic
5, 6, 7 Feb.: LIFE Executive Edition in Ljubljana, Slovenia
12, 13 Feb.: International Marketing with Dr. Goutam
18 Feb.: Presentation of International Management &
Strategy (Executive Certificate Program)
Happy New Year!
It's 2010, and CIMBA is gearing up for a start to a great year. The MBAs have gotten back into their daily routine of classes and consulting projects, the CIMBA staff in Paderno are preparing for the next group of undergraduates to arrive on the 18th of this month, and the CIMBA executive program is preparing its resources for another round of the LIFE program in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It's a fresh start to a new decade, and the energy around CIMBA certainly reflects everyone's excitement at the prospect of things to come!
From everyone here at CIMBA, we hope that you had the happiest of holidays, and that the start to this new year has been an excellent one for you!
After a two-week vacation, the CIMBA MBAs resumed their schedule on the 6th of this month -- and they've been busy, busy, busy since! Following their arrival, they launched right in with the second half of the MBA Leadership & Personal Development with Dr. Milan Pagon, their first MBA Production & Operations Management Exam, and the second half of this Production & Operations course with a new professor, Dr. Timothy Lowe from the University of Iowa (who, with this class, is making his first professorial appearance at CIMBA).
In addition to this series of activities, the MBA students have been knuckling down with their consulting projects, meeting regularly with their given companies; further, the MBAs are currently in the process of forming their proposals, which will work as the foundation of the remainder of the work in these important projects.
What's next? From the dates of January 22nd and 23rd, the MBAs will be undergoing a seminar on Negotiation Skills with Dr. George Siedel from the University of Michigan. Additionally, the Six Sigma consulting projects, MBA Finance with Dr. David Carter, and MBA International Marketing with Dr. Catherine Cole are soon the start. Keep your eye on this article for further ventures and in-depth goings-on at the MBA campus in Asolo!
CIMBA Undergraduate

Katy Jo Brown joined CIMBA in Fall of 2009 in two capacities: as a part-time student at the MBA campus, and as a Campus Life Coordinator for the CIMBA Undergraduate Program in Paderno del Grappa.

First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Katy Jo Brown; I am from Oklahoma. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in International Business in 2008. I played Ultimate Frisbee for four years at OSU -- I still play when I get a chance. I like to paint, and I pretty much love anything colorful! I love to travel! Ever since I came home from studying abroad, I make a point to travel somewhere new every year.
What is your experience with CIMBA?
I came to the undergraduate summer program in the Summer of 2006. I had a absolute hoot! When I got home, my parents noticed a new side of me they hadn't seen before. I spent the rest of the summer backpacking through Europe. I got to see eight different countries. I felt that I was more prepared for my everyday tasks, and I felt that I came home a better leader than when I left.
I am a Campus Life Coordinator at CIMBA Undergraduate. I really enjoy working with students. I am also working on my part-time MBA on the weekends. It is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding. It is great to see the undergraduate students when they come into the program and the noticeable change when they get on the bus to go home.
What about the CIMBA philosophy most appeals to you? What do you most identify with?
I really enjoy the focus on passion and leadership development.  CIMBA doesn't spoon-feed us information; we are responsible for getting the most from our classes and personal leadership development. I also really like the emphasis on passion. CIMBA pushes us to find our inner energy and do what we are really passionate about. In our day-to-day life, sometimes it is hard to find everything to be enjoyable, but energy and passion are contagious; they make routine tasks more fun!
What are you looking forward to in your upcoming term working with the CIMBA undergraduate program?
I am really excited about getting to know the incoming undergraduate class of Spring 2010. Fall 2009 was my first semester as a Campus Life Coordinator, so I feel like I know the ropes for the upcoming semester! I am excited to get to know the students in the spring. I am excited to practice the things that make me nervous... mainly public speaking! Campus Life Coordinators are always delivering orientations, leading town hall meetings, and giving other presentations. I know that it is something I need to improve on, and I will definitely be getting practice this semester.
And in the remainder of your work as a CIMBA MBA student?
I am getting really excited about my consulting project. It is really great getting to work with a real company, and knowing that our efforts will be something of value to an organization. I am happy to be working with a very diverse group!
CIMBA Executive Programs

LIFE - Leadership Initiative For Excellence

The next LIFE workshops will be held in Italy and Slovenia. The next editions open to the public will be on February 5, 6 and 7 in Ljubljana and in March 12, 13, 14 in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. Since the number of participants is limited, we strongly recommend sending your application as soon as possible. To enroll and to know more about LIFE you can send an email to

The following are testimonials from previous LIFE participants:

"I was expecting some form of 'classic' leadership training. But I could not have been more wrong. This training was totally different from my expectations. It definitely surpassed anything I had on my mind in a most positive way."

- Mark Stemberger

"I would recommend the program to all the people in job positions with great responsibilities, to anyone who is on their way up, to people who are afraid of public speaking but need to do it, to people who think that emotions are bad for business - but, most of all, to people who are striving for excellence and are willing to do what it takes to accomplish it."

- Siena Krusič


"During this program, participants are accompanied on a discovery, from the scientific principles -- explaining how rational thinking, emotions, relationships are bound together and brain-processed -- to the unimaginable experience of feeling the flow of thoughts, insights, emotions and energy that can arise from practically applying these principles to themselves and to their team members."

- Francesca Lavoriero

LIFE Trainers & Assistant Trainers (from left to right): Andrea Venturato, Katiuscia Baggio, Angelo Balest, Siena Krusič and Jure Butinar.


CIMBA becomes official  KT Licensee for Italy

The strong emphasis on continuous and leading-edge research in leadership knowledge, rational process, and behavior skills resulted in CIMBA being selected as a strategic R&D and educational partner by Kepner-Tregoe in 1999. Since then, CIMBA uses managerial process tools developed by Kepner-Tregoe (KT) and integrates them into nearly every class, activity, and project in the program.


Now, CIMBA is proud to announce that it has become the  sole Kepner-Tregoe licensee for the country of Italy.


Several companies are getting tangible benefits from our in-company trainings, held in both English and in Italian. Using systematic and rational-process thinking tools, the managers are taught how to translate information into actionable strategies, and how to provide common language and common guidelines for effective organizational intercommunication.


If you are interested to get more information please send an email to

In-Company Training & Coaching
Several companies are getting tangible benefits thanks to CIMBA's in-company leadership development training and coaching. If you are interested, give us a call or send us an e-mail and we will show you what your ROI could be.
A-B-C: Al's Book Club 

The beginning of a new year in virtually every country in the world carries with it both a review of the past and predictions of future accomplishments. At CIMBA, I always enjoy this time of the year, when we take the time to look at past steps and missteps in the development of our leadership system. One of our most interesting missteps centered on the relationship between mindfulness, meditation, and the notion of self-awareness and its importance in personal intentional change. Our original thoughts had placed meditation and mindfulness as sort of "next steps," activities to be undertaken at some point after embracing the systemic demands of personal intentional change. We now see mindfulness as being fundamental to self-awareness and its enhancement, with self-awareness being the key to successful and sustainable personal intentional change. Much of this thinking was inspired by our interactions with Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and Prof. Yi Yuan Tang. But the person responsible for bringing together and then focusing the relevant research on mindfulness for us was Prof. Daniel Siegel. Prof. Siegel's 2007 work, The Mindful Brain, provided a vehicle for seeing and understanding that mindfulness research was rapidly moving beyond its primary initial focus on the practice of meditation. Many of you will recognize Dan Siegel the author, but in contrast to many who are writing "brain" books (more than 250 were written and published last year, with an additional 300 slated for publication this year), Prof. Siegel is Harvard-trained, a clinical professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He also founded and directs the Mindsight Institute there.


Upon the foundation constructed by Prof. Siegel, we came to realize that our students, and particularly our undergraduate students, enjoyed a state of mindfulness brought about by the fact that they were living out of their comfort zone here in Italy. By both understanding and taking advantage of their mindfulness, we made significant, relevant changes in our approach to leadership development through our personal development coaches. At the same time, we saw the importance of explaining the operation of the brain's mirror neurons as students prepared to travel throughout Europe and would thus encounter a multiplicity of novel cultures and languages. It is this combination of insightfulness brought about by the brain being in a mindfulness state and empathy brought about by the brain's mirror neuron -- the brain's capacity for both insight and empathy -- that Prof. Siegel refers to as "Mindsight" in his new book Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, scheduled to be released on 12 January 2010.


Prof. Siegel had been scheduled informally to come to Asolo in June of last year. He was attending an important meeting in Florence and had agreed to make an effort to come up and meet with us. The primary reason he was unable to come to Asolo was very easy to observe when we finally met up with both Dan and his wife Caroline at our Neuroleadership Summit in Los Angeles in October. While Dan was a scheduled keynote speaker at the Summit, he was everywhere and involved in everything. Dan Siegel was as visible at the Summit as David Rock and I, who were supposed to be the Summit co-sponsors. I am very confident that Dan impacted the conference in Florence in much the same way, leaving no time for a diversionary trip to Asolo. Our loss then, was certainly our gain in October.


At the Summit, Dan introduced us to the notion of "mindsight." As co-editor of the Neuroleadership Journal (I encourage each of you to go to and order your copy; while there, you might want to become a member and join the some 500 who have already made that decision), I had the pleasure of reading a detailed summary. I realized its similarity and direct applicability to the core notions founding our leadership development system, a fact made even clearer in the foreword to Dan's book written by Prof. Daniel Goleman. Goleman perhaps says it best: "Our ability to know our own minds as well as to sense the inner world of others may be the singular human talent, the key to nurturing healthy minds and hearts. I've explored this terrain in my own work on emotional and social intelligence. Self-awareness and empathy are (along with self-mastery and social skills) domains of human ability essential for success in life. Excellence in these capacities helps people flourish in relationships, family life, and marriage, as well as in work and leadership."


In understanding what mindsight is, I encourage you to consider the essence of CIMBA's LIFE, Genesis, and Leadership Competency workshops: the importance of tying together emotion and cognition. While traditional development often centers on advancing cognitive skills, the success of the application of those skills is very much dependent upon one's ability to call up the appropriate emotion and its behavioral manifestation. To better see the connection, to understand the importance of the integration of cognition and emotion in successful personal intentional change, consider how Prof. Siegel himself defines mindsight. "Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds. It helps us to be aware of our mental processes without being swept away by them, enables us to get ourselves off the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses, and moves us beyond the reactive emotional loops we all have a tendency to get trapped in. It lets us 'name and tame' the emotions we are experiencing, rather than being overwhelmed by them. Consider the difference between saying 'I am sad' and 'I feel sad.' Similar as those two statements may seem, there is actually a profound difference between them. 'I am sad' is a kind of self-definition, and a very limiting one. 'I feel sad' suggests the ability to recognize and acknowledge a feeling, without being consumed by it. The focusing skills that are part of mindsight make it possible to see what is inside, to accept it, and in the accepting to let it go, and, finally, to transform it."


This book will provide a very strong prediction for the direction of the CIMBA leadership development system moving forward. In addition, I am confident that ABC readers will find it personally beneficial in tackling those New Year's resolutions. I cannot imagine a better way to begin a new year and a new decade.


Happy New Year!