In many ways, going to INSEAD is similar to joining a “Big Brother” season. You spend nearly 24 hours with people who just like you decided to come to the same place – but other than that may be (and probably are) totally different than you. You don’t know exactly what is about to happen, but you know it is going to take a lot of time and effort.
P1 is over. We have only one long weekend to think about everything we have been through since we came here before we start the next intensive 7 weeks, a.k.a P2. During P1 I studied more than I have ever known about numbers (MR=MC, WACC, and the almighty regression), but the course that had the strongest impact in my opinion was OB – Organizational Behaviour. It is difficult to point out one skill we acquired in this course. Instead, we studied a comprehensive approach that is not always easy to implement, but I think that it can serve us better in our career more than any specific mathematical formula.
Most MBA students are used to mathematics and look for rules and research that will clarify life. How do you just let go, accept instability and deal with people who are much less predictable than numbers? There is no one formula or one right answer, and even sitting in a classroom for dozens of hours may not prepare you for the first obstacle.
Therefore, it is better to learn about ways to analyze such obstacles. We did it with role plays, feedback sessions, trying to think together of ways to drop an egg from the top of the roof and land it safely on the ground, and especially by learning how to listen to each other. It was a course that people could not stay indifferent to – because it dealt directly with our lives.
Two weeks have passed since our last OB session. We soon start the next “Fontainebleau Big Brother” season. I am not sure how many of us will know how to use regression after we graduate, but I am sure that we will not forget what we studied in OB. The question is whether we will know how to OBhave.