As children, we are driven by our curiosity. We ask questions even before we have the right words for them – and for that we are being rewarded with answers, recognition and constant learning.
But as we grow older, we learn that asking questions is not always met with smiles and patient explanations. And the sincere appetite to learn what we don’t already know, is being replaced by saying the right thing at the right time.
Imagine if your own personal brand was as solid and well-known as Lego or Nike. Would you have any problem finding a new job? Probably not. So, let’s get started building own brand – so you can use it strategically in your career.
Branding matters. No one really questions this. But, did you even consider that the same goes for your own personal brand?
With motivation for studying MBA related topics, but a very tight schedule, IME’s Mini MBA was the perfect match for Director of Regulatory Affairs in the APAC region at MSD, Aziza Ahmed.
With a Masters Degree in Regulatory Science, Aziza decided to enroll in a course that allowed her to continue prioritizing her job while improving her business related knowledge. Aziza started her Mini MBA in August 2018 and has recently finished all the classes. While focusing on her final assignment, we had a short chat with her.
Due to a busy schedule, IME’s Mini MBA was the perfect match for Senior Project management member at Industrial Projects Division of TOTAL Oil & Gas, Nuno Lago De Carvalho. With a degree in engineering as well as other courses and programs related to the industry, Nuno decided it was time to gain a wider understanding of business- and management related theories. Nuno started his Mini MBA in August 2018 and has recently finished all the classes. While focusing on a final assignment, we had a short chat with him.
Here are some of the reflections from our alumni Ying Shean Chua, Tenant Relations Manager in German Centre for Industry and Trade. Shean graduated from National University of Singapore with a bachelor in Real Estate and completed the IME Mini MBA Executive course in July 2018.
“Through the personal development part of the course, I have gained clarity in terms of my own goals. I now know exactly what I want in life and for my career.”
IME Mini MBA Alumni Meerly Wang completed the course in July 2018. She has a bachelor in Professional Design and currently works as a Senior Community Manager. These are her thoughts about the course here.
IME Mini MBA Introduction Meeting - 24th Oct
Our next IME Mini MBA Introduction Meeting will be held on 24th October, 7-8 PM, at Hilton Hotel Singapore. Find the program for the evening, sign up information and other details below.
WHEN: 24th October 2018, 7-8PM
WHERE: Hilton Hotel Singapore, 581 Orchard Road - 5th floor, Malaysia Room
Sign up until 19th October 2018 (more info below)
*Sign up latest by Friday, 19th October 2018, by using the button below.
THE PROGRAM FOR THE EVENING
|7:00 PM||Introduction meeting start|
|7:00 - 7:10 PM||Short session with IME Mini MBA Alumni|
|7:10 - 7:20 PM||Short session with IME Mini MBA lecturers|
|7:20 - 7:30 PM||Wrap up with Asger Daugbjerg, Director at IME Singapore|
|7:30 - 8:00 PM||Q&A session (questions to our Alumni, lecturer, Asger D. from the audience)|
MORE INFO ABOUT THE MEETING
The IME Mini MBA Introduction Meeting is free of charge.We will serve coffee and tea. The event will be held at Hilton Hotel Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, 5th Floor - Malaysia Room.
Read more about the IME Mini MBA Executive Certificate on our website here.
If you have any questions, please write us at email@example.com and we will get back to you asap.
"Learning does not need to take up so much of my time."
This is one of Randy Jr. Reyes' most important takeaways from IME Mini MBA Executive course, which he completed in June 2018. Randy currently works as a Regional Product Manager at RICOH Industrial Printers and has a BS in Computer Science. We asked him a couple of questions about his Mini MBA journey.
For Mr. Sørensen the idea of going back to school was a bit far away. But after discovering the IME Mini MBA he decided to give it a try – and found the perfect combination of upgrading his skills and at the same time balancing work and family.
Developing the human resources in your company is about so much more than formal training, says HR expert, Andrew Jones. It is about challenging your employees and letting them reflect. Mentoring and monitoring them. And encouraging them to practise slow thinking.
Fast thinking is a good thing. Right? You are a success, if you think fast and make swift decisions. We speed date, speed walk and speed dial. In a culture of speed, it seems like the main criteria for success is how fast we get things done.
Well, tables are turning, and just like in the tale of the race between the hare and the tortoise, what’s fast off the line isn’t necessarily the fastest across the finishing line. Quick decisions are necessary sometimes, of course, but often they turn out less accurate and less helpful. Slowing down certain parts of the process can help you think better.
Do you consider that chit-chat before a negotiation unimportant? Think again! You can gain much more from that informal conversation than one might think – and get a better deal in the end.
Some people find it easy to small talk. Like it’s the most natural thing to share a point of view on any topic that arises. For other people the mere idea of opening a conversation with a stranger gives them a crumbling sensation. The concept of talking about things that has nothing to do with the business seems worthless to these people.
The nature of change is such, that it comes from the outside – and simply because of that, no one likes it. So, what is the best way to handle changes? The key is involvement.
No one likes to be changed. Period. Even if the change will benefit us in the end, we as human beings are just not comfortable with the uncontrollable situation that a change brings.
"There are many things that I've learned from the Mini MBA course that I wish I knew 10 years ago."
So it sounds from Sean Koh, Technical Sales Manager at Irdeto and an IME Mini MBA alumni (August 2017 class, Singapore). Sean holds a Bachelor of Engineering - BE in Computer Systems Engineering from The University of Manchester. We asked him a couple of questions about our Mini MBA executive course.
Stine Martinussen is a career woman with a work life balance recipe.
She knows all about how important it is to find the balance between one’s career, ambitions and family life. While many executives and employees struggle with finding enough time for their families and friends and also being top performers at work, Stine seems to have found her own way to keep her work and private life in balance.
Stine is a Regional Manager Maritime at the WRS - Worldwide Recruitment Solutions, the first female President of the Danish Business Association in Singapore (DABS), a mother, a wife and IME Mini MBA Alumni (Class February 2017, Singapore). Wearing so many different hats, Stine believes that it is all about making the right priorities and keeping track of them.
Are your employees seeking opportunities outside of your company? Or have you become complacent and bored? The challenges facing managers today are changing alongside an increasingly data driven approach to business development and an ever more transient workforce. In this guide, we will lay out the challenges facing managers today and what to do about it.
Paul Wakefield is the regional director at WRS – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions in the Asia Pacific region. With 13 years in the industry he shares his insights into the challenges facing managers today and the signs that they need to upgrade their business skills.
You may be considering whether an executive course is relevant for you. Should you take time off to do a full MBA with a specialization in finances or do you even need new tools to manage you work? In this blog post we will lay down the 7 most important reasons for embarking on a Mini MBA executive course.
1 – Grow alongside your career
You want to advance your career, but imagine what would happen if you left your job for an education to return a year later. Would there be any significant changes to the industry? Well yes. Unless you work in the bespoke-horse-carriage-industry the market moves with the speed of light and technology even faster. You’d be miles behind, trying to catch up, maybe not being welcome at your old job anymore. This is why many managers choose executive courses that can be done alongside their work.
Your power, influence and title have all become temporary assets that you cannot take for granted. You need to constantly invest in yourself and your skills to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of business.We live in an information society where everyone needs to be willing to adapt and be flexible and up-to-date with the trends and business-related news. Technological advances make it possible to work independently of time and space. A limitless work life has gained ground, and it makes us more innovative, efficient and productive. However, it also brings a number of challenges because when family life, spare time, work and finding the time to develop your skills all need to be taken care of, it can affect the work life balance. But do not give up. There are lots of good tips and some of them are given here by Lars Hoffmann, a danish Business Psychologist (photo on the right.)
Seen with American eyes, the Nordic way of managing a business is completely unique. Especially if it's combined with an American “can do-attitude”.
When Chris Shern came to Denmark as an exchange student for the first time more than 30 years ago, it was far from decided that he would end up settling down there. Nonetheless, he returned to Scandinavia after a trainee course for SAS in the US; a hiring that through different positions would bring him to the top of the organization. From there he could really experience the difference between Scandinavian and American management.