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Posted 05 October 2015 - 07:50 AM

My Exhilarating Experience @ IIM Ahmedabad


As I write this article I am sitting at the Ahmedabad airport waiting for the 18.15hrs Indigo flight back to Delhi. Today is September 18th (Friday) and five days back I landed here to attend a course in the country’s most premier management education college – “Indian Institute of Management (IIM)”.  I was taking the course –“Leading Professional Service Firms” to learn tools and techniques to improve managing and leading our consulting firm – International Business Advisors (www.ibadvisors.co).
I landed on September 13th (Sunday) and as expected from a premier college, the arrangements to pick up from airport were made. The cab driver was waiting with a placard of my name and underneath written – IIM Ahmedabad. I had been thinking for a long time to do a management course and since I run a consulting firm, doing it full time or even doing it as a one year MBA was practically difficult.
The idea was to do a course that was relevant, short, and impactful and which could be done without substantial disruption to my professional and personal life. Whilst I had been searching for a course that could meet these conditions, I happened to bounce off IIMA website. This course looked completely appropriate to my areas of business, combining the aspects of a professional services firm with a flavour of management education.
While wondering whether the course would meet the objectives and feeling little jittery since I was attending a course after a long time, the cab entered the IIM Ahmedabad campus. The campus has an old wing and a new wing. The old one is where the regular MBA classes are held (where the movie 2 States was shot). The new one has been built quite recently that is primarily for students who pursue post graduate management programmes including the management development programmes like ours. The campus is well laid, extremely beautiful, open and green.
I entered the campus and walked to the IMDC (International Management Development Centre) where it took me not more than 5 minutes to complete the check in formalities. The receptionist handed over a beautiful Samsonite laptop carry bag mentioning that is our starter kit with all the study material. The porter collected my luggage, took me to the lift and there we were – inside my room within 15 minutes. Once the porter left the room, I didn’t know I was about to be taken on a completely different experiential journey of my life.
Before moving out from Delhi, I had received an email from IIMA with few case studies that we were supposed to discuss during the first two days. The Harvard Business School developed these case studies and IIMA had access to them through a collaboration. Harvard has been doing this course for a long time, but IIMA was doing it for the first time in India. I took a shower in my room and pulled out the study material to revise the cases. Along with it was a small booklet that contained the complete program schedule (day wise), list of faculty along with their contact details and the list of attendees for this programme. There were partners from BIG4s, top law firms, senior people from Accenture, TCS and other successful entrepreneurs running their own accounting and law firms.
The programme started at 5PM and we were asked to introduce us along with a mention of our role model. After the tea break, the first case study was to be taken by Professor Ashish Nanda – Director of IIMA, ex-Harvard professor.