Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tejasvi Chugh, and I was born and raised in
New Delhi, India. I graduated from CIMBA in 1995. At present, I am the Senior Director of Corporate
Development with Broadridge Financial Solutions (formerly the brokerage process
services division of ADP Corporation).
Broadridge is arguably the world's largest investor communications and brokerage process outsourcing services providers, with a presence across the
globe. I lead merger, acquisition, and
divestiture projects for the company and for the company's business
incubator program. In addition, I have
responsibilities for strategic alliances, joint ventures, and strategic planning
efforts. Over the past 12+ years, I have
worked for General Electric, PricewaterhouseCoopers,
and IBM. In addition to my corporate
roles, I have also been an investment banker and a venture capitalist.
What would you say about your overall experience as a CIMBA student?
Italy was my first major foray outside the protected
world of my parents and New Delhi. But
the warmth of Pordenone (the older campus for the CIMBA program), its people,
and the Italian culture (as well as of the 50+ program members from 25+
countries) made me feel at home once again -- not to mention the charming beauty of the town, the food, and, last but certainly
not the least, the simultaneously fun and serious nature of the well-designed CIMBA program. Looking back on my year in Italy, I would have to
say that it was one of the most wonderful and memorable years of my life. Needless to say, the richness of the
international experience prepared me for the myriad of challenges that lay
ahead both from a personal and professional perspective. I have to say that the year did go by very
quickly. If given a chance, I would love
to visit the current campus in Asolo and speak to both the students and faculty. And I would strongly recommend the
program to prospective students.
How has CIMBA affected your life, personally and professionally?
I'd say that the program really helped me mature into a more
business savvy person who is well-suited for the challenges posed by transnational
culture of today's global corporations.
I learned a ton, both from my multicultural fellow students and from the
faculty. The critical thinking and
business reasoning skills I acquired through the CIMBA program have enabled me
to compete at a global level. The CIMBA
program served as a strong foundation that I added to by continuing my
education in the United States.
Other things to add? I
would do it again in a heartbeat if time travel were ever to become a reality.
Bryan Schutte, CIMBA UG Spring 2006 and Jamie Haverkamp recently became engaged. Bryan is working as a computer programmer/analyst at General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jamie is a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota Hospital. They bought a house together in Hopkins, a suburb of Minneapolis.
New job? Moving somewhere new? Getting married? Other life changes? Want to volunteer your profile for the Meet the Alumni section?
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Calendar of Events:
4 Mar.: MBA Finance Exam II
6, 7 Mar.: New Venture Development with Prof. Richard McCarty
10, 11, 13, 14 Mar.: MBA Managerial Economics (Micro) with Prof. Dan Benjamin
17 Mar.: New Venture Development Exam I
18 Mar.: Leadership Workshop
20, 21, 27, 28 Mar.: MBA Marketing with Prof. John Murry
24 Mar.: Managerial Economics (Micro) Exam I
2 Mar.: Expatriate Panel Discussion
3 Mar.: Add a Seat to the Table
5, 6, 7 Mar.: Extended Travel Weekend!
8 Mar.: Soccer: Americans v. Italians
9 Mar.: History of the Veneto Seminar
10 Mar.: Company Visits
10 Mar.: Phi Beta Delta Makes Tiramisu
11 Mar.: Undergraduate Town Hall Meeting
11 Mar.: 2nd Gourmet Dinner
13 - 21 Mar.: Travel Week!
26 Mar.: Add a Seat to the Table
31 Mar.: Date with Professor Night
12, 13, 14 Mar.: LIFE Seminar
12, 13 Mar.: Finance & Managerial Accounting with Prof. Roy Pettibone
24 Mar.: Strengths Workshop
Greetings from CIMBA! We hope the first part of your year has treated you well. CIMBA has maintained its constant busy-busy-busy state -- since the last newsletter, we've brought in a new group of 142 undergraduates, hosted two LIFE seminars, held twenty CIMBA Advantage seminars for undergraduates, carried out four Da Vinci Challenges, coordinated a gourmet dinner, arranged and led two leadership competency workshops (one at the undergradudate and one at the graduate campus), coordinated a two-day MBA negotiations seminar, and, last but not least, held a Genesis Workshop. Needless to say, everyone on staff -- not to mention every student in the undergraduate and graduate modules -- is still catching their breath. Keep your eye on this newsletter to see where we run to next!
The CIMBA Staff
Between the regular class schedule and the consulting projects, the MBAs have certainly been busy since their return from the vacation they had over the holiday season. More recently, the MBAs have been through a variety of unique MBA trainings: the first was a Negotiations Skills workshop with Dr. George Siedel, the second was a Leadership Competency Workshop oriented toward "the self," and the third was the Genesis Workshop, which explored team dynamics revolving around the S.C.A.R.F. model (status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness).
"The negotiations workshop was probably my favorite event thus far at CIMBA," says Tommy Thompson, a CIMBA MBA and Campus Life Coordinator at the undergraduate campus in Paderno del Grappa. "Dr. Siedel did an amazing job allowing us to hone our negotiating skills while providing us valuable insight into the tricky world of international communications."
To give you a better idea of the Genesis and Leadership Competency Workshops, they are interactive and team-oriented activities intended to allow MBAs to explore their reactions under given circumstances (such as those implicit in the S.C.A.R.F. model); they then to apply this internal or team exploration to fundamental concepts of neuroscience and NeuroLeadership. Keep your eyes on this block of the newsletter, which will further explore these personal development workshops, their effects, and their foundations in neuroscience!
Uros Bizjak has been with CIMBA since 2006. Currently, he is a part of the CIMBA team 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
I got my B.Sc. in Management Information Systems
from the University of Maribor, Slovenia, in 2008. During the time at the
university, I worked as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Organizational
Sciences. After graduation, I worked for the Slovenia Control, Slovenian Air
Navigation Company. I am also a team-building instructor and conduct various
types of trainings for both students and executives. In my free time, I
like adventure and outdoor sports like scuba diving, skiing, mountain biking,
motorcycle riding, etc. I like to travel and get to know other
What is your experience with CIMBA?
I have been coming to
CIMBA since 2006 to assist Dr. Milan Pagon in conducting both low ropes
and high ropes team-building courses. After graduating from college, I
decided to enroll in a master's program and CIMBA MBA was the best alternative.
Since August 2009, I've been working as an Undergraduate Campus Life Coordinator
here in Paderno campus.
What about the CIMBA philosophy most
appeals to you? What do you most identify with?
The philosophy that most appeals to me here at
CIMBA is Mind-Based Performance, which is not about having the technical
knowledge to perform a task -- it is about effectively supervising and leading
others, making decision and problem solving processes visible to others,
working together to transform obstacles into innovations, and thereby creating a
work environment where people are motivated to excellence. I identify most with
the rational thinking part of leadership.
What aspect of your work with the CIMBA
undergraduate program do you enjoy most?
I really enjoy the
academic aspects of my work. I am a teaching assistant in Business, Culture,
& Society class and a coordinator for Microeconomic Theory class, which is a
distance learning course. In addition to that, I really like to participate in
conducting the Da Vinci Challenges and participating in the LIFE program.
What are you most looking forward to in
the remainder of your time as a CIMBA MBA student?
really looking forward to take the SAP system course and to the Six Sigma
training; I think those classes offer real, hands-on experience. In
addition to that, I look forward to finishing up the consulting project with my
team and providing our customer with a solution that will help them streamline
their internal work flow and communication processes.
CIMBA Executive Programs
LIFE - Leadership Initiative For Excellence
The next LIFE workshops will be held in Italy and Slovenia. The next edition open to the public will be on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
.March 24th: Executive Strengths Workshop"Come identificare i tuoi punti di forza ed esprimerli al meglio nel lavoro"
: how to identify your points of strength and how to best apply them to and express them through your profession. This workshop is open to the public and will be held in Italian. The objective is to discuss some practical tools aimed toward increasing the knowledge of your strengths, and how to make better use of them at work. This workshop is based on the latest scientific research regarding from managerial education.April 9th & 10th: Kepner-Tregoe PSDM Workshop
This Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making Workshop will be held in English and is open to the public. For more details, or to apply, please contact email@example.com
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.
Several companies are getting tangible benefits from our in-company trainings, held in both English and in Italian. Using systematic and rational process 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
As the current CIMBA MBA and
undergraduate students know, we finally revealed our thinking on the
relationship between Rational Intelligence (as measured by RQ) and Emotional
Intelligence (as measured by EQ) -- our so-called "Marshmallow Hypothesis." The
hypothesis has its origins in an interesting research project done by a Stanford
Prof. Walter Mischel. Prof. Mischel demonstrated how important self-discipline and
self-control is to lifelong success through a longitudinal study which began in
the 1960s. The initial study involved 4-year-olds who were offered a
marshmallow. They were told that they could eat it at any time they liked, but
if they could wait for 15 minutes, they could have two marshmallows. About one-third
of the children eat the marshmallow right away, some waited a little longer but
did not earn the second marshmallow, and about one-third waited the 15 minutes
Prof. Mischel had two children in the school in which the study was conducted.
From time to time he would ask about various students who had participated in his
study. He saw a pattern that encouraged him to interview the students several
years later. The differences between the groups were dramatic: the resisters
were more positive, self-motivating, persistent in the face of difficulties,
and able to delay gratification in pursuit of their goals. They had the habits
of successful people which resulted in more successful marriages, higher
incomes, greater career satisfaction, better health, and more fulfilling lives
than most of the population. Those having grabbed the marshmallow were more
troubled, stubborn and indecisive, mistrustful, less self-confident, and still
could not put off gratification. They had trouble subordinating immediate
impulses to achieve long-range goals. This impulse followed them throughout
their lives and resulted in unsuccessful marriages, low job satisfaction and
income, bad health, and frustrating lives. You can see an interesting
application of the study to the Latin American students with the same results
We hypothesized that self-discipline and self-control were some of the best
measures for success and began to hypothesize against emotional regulation,
decision-making competency, emotional regulation, leadership/management style,
subordinate engagement level, trainability/coachability, and leadership
self-deception -- all with impressive results.
Neuroscience and social psychology taught
research suggests the explanation is self-awareness and its prerequisite,
mindfulness. If I am mindful of my emotional state, I can "move" my brain away
from an emotional part to a more rational part. The works of Profs. Ochsner, Gross,
and Baumeister on emotional regulation (labeling and reappraisal) strongly
support this line of thinking, something we have talked about in previous ABCs.
That leads us to this month's book: Prof. Ellen J. Langer's Counterclockwise:
Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.
Not only does mindfulness -- being more
self-aware (EQ) -- lead to being more rational rather than impulsive (RQ); and
not only does it bring about more effective managers and leaders -- it also
significantly impacts health and well-being. As Prof. Dan Siegel makes clear
(last month's ABC), mindfulness does not require meditation. As Prof. Lager
shows, when people are persuaded to think mindfully about what they are doing,
they adopt more positive and empowering beliefs about themselves, and they feel
and perform better.
An interesting insight into Langer's
thinking comes from an understanding of the study from which the book's title is
taken. Conducted in 1979, the study
involved two small groups of elderly men who were housed for a week in quarters
carefully designed and decorated to "replicate" the world of 1959. The
"experimental" group was instructed to imagine themselves living in
that time period, going about their lives as though that year were the present.
Conversations and discussions were to be conducted in the present tense. The
control group went on a separate retreat in the same surroundings, but their
bios were written in the past tense, their photos were current, and they were
to "reminisce" about the past with the intent to keep their minds
focused on the fact that it was not 1959. Langer's research team went to great
lengths to mimic 1959, including television, radio and physical objects the
subjects would encounter. (In her book, she mentions that the discussion of the
Baltimore Colts 31-16 defeat of the New York Giants in the NFL championship
game generated a particularly heated debate.) What happened was quite
insightful: signs of aging decreased in both groups, with greater gains for the
experimental subjects. Subjects in both groups gained weight, increased joint
flexibility, improved intelligence scores, and looked noticeably younger -- with
the experimental subjects gaining more in each category measured.
"Minds Wide Open" has
seemingly become the new mantra at CIMBA and the book serves to open our minds
to "what is possible instead of presuming impossibility." Langer looks to
mindfulness, or self-awareness, as a vehicle to better health. At CIMBA, we see
mindfulness and the self-awareness it enhances as primary vehicles for
emotional regulation. From a neuroscience standpoint, we are talking about the "brain's
braking system," the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (I encourage you to
take a look at Matt Lieberman's article "The Brain's Braking System" in the latest
edition of the NeuroLeadership Journal).
By having a greater sense of our emotional state (self-awareness), we have the
ability to dampen down an emotion that may otherwise lead to an inappropriate
behavior. At CIMBA, mastering a leadership competency has come to be understood
as having command of both the requisite skill and requisite behavior. Being
self-aware gives us the necessary time (recall our discussion of "veto power"
in prior ABC's) to activate more rational parts of our brain -- in this case
first the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex -- and make more reasoned
decisions. We believe that the ability for a manager/leader to be sufficiently
self-aware (EQ) in order to activate effective rational processes (RQ) is far
more important than IQ.