Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Our House...


"Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard, now everything is easy cause of you and our la, la, la…"

You know the song from Crosby et al? Well I have the feeling that this house will be in Fonty in August. The list of roomies has come out and the result is: 3 girls and 4 blokes. Girls are from Japan, Greece, and Russia (ok, my previous post about Russian Mc Kinsead is outdated then); and blokes from Spain, Slovakia, and Panama (the fourth bloke being me of course).
Interesting things about my cohort:
1. none of the girls have indicated "cooking" as their interests, whilst 2 blokes have
2. combined spoken languages: French, English, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, German, and Czech/Slovak
3. all room mates have included some sports as their interests
4. average age 29

By the way I received yesterday a very interesting article about INSEAD. It was sent to me by a very good friend of mine who graduated from ESM St-Cyr (the French equivalent of Sandhurst and Westpoint); he found that in the Cyr alumni newsletter. The angle of approach is to inform about INSEAD through its teaching methods, and how that compares to more traditional methods. It is written by an MBA06, also alumnus from ESM St-Cyr. Interestingly, INSEAD is not so well known in France by the general public (my friend didn't know of it, and he is no dumb guy), while very famous in the b-school world.

The article goes like this (in French):
http://www.saint-cyr.org/cyr-2100.php?ArtID=233&SID=faf6d751e98384b4a38bf65f9

Summary of the article:
INSEAD strategy teacher uses Napoleon in a case study. He wants to show how the Emperor's rise and fall applies to current business issues. He uses different turnaround points, from the rise of the General to the fall of the Emperor, to foster discussions about prime-mover advantage, teamwork, and overstretch. This examplifies the learning method at INSEAD, and how it differs from more traditional teaching methods in France.

Thanks Vincent for this article.

2 Comments:

At 12:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting website with a lot of resources and detailed explanations.
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