Saturday, February 17, 2007

Little Things

"Most of us miss out on life's big prizes.
The Olympic medal.
The World Cup.
The Nobel. The Oscars.
Miss Universe. An INSEAD MBA.

But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures.

A pat on the back. A kiss from an ageing parent.
Reading to a child. A full moon.
A fresh snowfall. A pristine beach.
An empty parking space. A cracking fire.
A great meal. A glorious sunset.
Hot soup. Good wine.

Don't fret about copping life's grand awards.
Enjoy its tiny delights.
There are plenty for all of us."

-Wall Street Journal, 1982, and Prof. Carlock.

Here was our Family Class closing. This class is a must. It ended with Students projects. My group analysed the succession issues of a groupmate. Great learnings for us all. That family businesses share the same pains, joys, challenges, but expressed differently. That whatever family members choose, it is one's own pursuit of happiness that matters, and one's parents, siblings, prefer him or her to be happy -regardless of whether it is in or out of the business.

Family class is relevant not only for MBAs thinking about joining a family business, but also because most of them will start a business which will have family-related issues. And family consulting is getting real big in Wealth Management and Investment Banking too. And INSEAD really is one of the best in the field.

One week to go before going back to Fonty. So fast. Last week programme: final projects hand-in, and exams preparation.

To all of you, A very Happy Lunar Year of the Pig.

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