The long wait ended and the day arrived when largest ever batch gathers in the holy place for management graduates, IIM Ahmedabad.
‘We are IIMA and we will show you why we are what we are’ is the theme for this brilliant place.
The registration day involved some formalities and mixed bag of surprises. Who could have imagined an induction booklet had enough ‘masala’ (ammunition) to eat next 2-3 nights even before course commences officially. But that is how it is in Ahmedabad. Within few hours groups were formed and people were put to task. The journey begins even before officially inaugurating the program. Isn’t that what we are here for, go through the rigour and test the mettle that might have rusted over last many years in corporate jobs.
The Inauguration Day
Coming from corporate jobs, we all can understand how difficult job it is to be director of India’s leading management institute. But if anyone thought the director of India’s top mangement institute would be a serious looking, over-academic, or boring person, here was Prof Ashish Nanda. With his disarming smile, childlike enthusiasm, and witty one-liners, he won the heart of all those present without having a single dull moment over the introductory session. This person is amazing and does lot let any sign of stress come on his face. The jokes keep flowing without any compromise of the seriousness and information flooded decorum of the session. An exemplary display of top leaders communication skills were at display and all those present basked in the warmth of his presence.
Not just head, the team is no less
There were other key members for the program present on the dais. And it was for everyone to witness the smooth and organised flow of the ideas, information and conversation. I could witness why IIMA has invincibility tag associated with its alumni. Excellent display of balanced speeches filled with moments of sheer brilliance. The faculty introduction kept running through the entire day.
The first formal interaction with profession begins with golden rooms for classroom. The class starts on time, but not necessarily end on time which cuts down the interval time between two classes to 3 mins (from original 20 mins.) What, no its not a typo! Not cut down by 3 mins, but cut down to 3 mins.
Eventually the first class: Behaviour
In a room filled with close to 9 years of corporate experience people, the professor asked a basic question, who are you? And from then on explained wonderful insights on personalities, self evaluations etc.
Remember I told, Its is IIM Ahmedabad, we do things differently!!
Don’t ever forget this golden principle. We were looking at the clock as it struck 17:30 (good 20 minutes beyond the scheduled end). Now Professor comes up with a smile, welcome to IIMA. You guys need to take up an assignment and need to be finished by 19:00 and presented as a team in front of an audience of good 150+ people. Something seems strange, till few days ago I used to call the shots and tell me team what to finish by when. I can swear never ever in my life I expected a deliverable in 45 minutes :-|.
The satisfying part was, we had an exciting night, saw how much creativity exists within out batch and celebrated the diversity in true sense. More than anything else, it braught the groups closer.
It is 21:00 and the group work begins after a really good welcome dinner by institute.
All this on day 1.
Welcome to IIMA!! Many more sleepless nights await!!