How to Train a Business Leader

We recently organised Management Communication (MC) Camp for the NUS MBA students to help them become effective leaders. As promised, below is a first-hand account of one of the participants:

Readers of this blog will have read earlier in What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA blog post that the School ran before the inaugural Management Communication (or MC) camp from 29 July to 3 August.

As ever-effervescent faculty leader Huijin Kong told me before the camp kicked off, the week was an intensive ‘trial by fire’ in order to instill quickly in new MBA students “the right skills, mindsets, personalities and qualities” to be catapulted onto the C-suite track most are aiming for. Since being an effective leader is only 20 percent knowledge, with the 80 percent lying in how one influences, this will put the new MBAs into the right frame of mind before they launch into their programme. Continue reading

Top 12 Tips for NUS Biz Freshmen

August is always a happy and busy time on our campus – it’s the time when we welcome a new batch of graduate and under graduate students.

As our Freshmen gear up for the school year, here’s a great infographic from Boundless, about how best to spend time on campus.

A warm welcome everyone, from the entire NUS Biz School community!

12 College Experiences Your Resume Needs [Infographic]

Rag & Flag 2013: Teamwork at its Finest

There are social events. There are team-building events. And then there are events that take the best of both and showcase excellent teamwork.  Rag & Flag is one such annual event at NUS.

The entire NUS community is looking forward to Rag & Flag 2013 and we believe this is the perfect time to reveal some never-seen-or-heard-before secrets about the upcoming NUS Biz Rag & Flag 2013. Here’s a complete rundown:

Little bit of history: What is Rag & Flag?

Organized by National University of Singapore Student Union (NUSSU), Rag and Flag is an annual charity event that is a highlight of NUSSU Freshmen Orientation Programme to help the new, incoming undergraduates students integrate into the NUS community. It comprises of two parts: students taking to the streets asking the public for donations on Flag Day (by selling flags) and, subsequently, a procession of thematic floats and performances on university grounds on Rag Day.

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NUS Biz School Rag Performance 2012

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What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA

Consider this scenario:  You’re a final year MBA student attending an important networking session organized by potential recruiters from a company you’re aspiring to join soon. You prepare yourself, carry your business cards, dress your best and attend the networking session only to find out that there are over 50 other peers at the event who are also vying for the same two minutes of face-time with the recruiters and eventually the job you are aspiring for. How do you make a lasting impression on the recruiter when it’s your turn?

Sounds familiar?  Haven’t we all gone through these kinds of social, critical moments when we don’t know what to do? Those awkward pauses in business conversations when we wished we had said something? Or those countless business meetings or lunches when we missed an opportunity to make our points effectively and regretted later?

This is the kind of stuff that most MBA programmes don’t teach us – and we’re being told that either we know it or we don’t –or we cannot learn it.  Known as management communications, it is the communications skill that is linked to almost all outcomes we desire from an MBA degree – getting that first job, making an impact in a new job, influencing negotiations, becoming an influential leader and achieving our goals. Yet, how many of the top global MBA programmes have management communications as a part of core curriculum? Continue reading

Meet the very first graduate of the NUS MBA Double Degree with Yale University

It is not every day that you get to be the very first graduate of a new program – that is truly one milestone graduation!

michael tiopanMeet Michael Tiopan, the first graduate from the Yale University School of Management (SOM) Master of Advanced Management (MAM). This programme is the latest addition to NUS Business School’s suite of Double Degree programs.

Michael completed his MBA from NUS Business School, and MAM from Yale University School of Management. He is the first graduate representing NUS Business School, among the Yale MAM graduates.

What is so unique about this program and why did Michael enroll in it? We sat down with him to find out this and more. Below are some excerpts of the interview: Continue reading

Reflections about Commencement 2013

Our Director of Graduate Studies and the NUS-Peking University Double-degree MBA alumni Chua-Nan Sze, Marie Antonie, shares her reflections about Commencement 2013:

Commencement 2013 is just round the corner and it entails a busy and exciting time for all of us at the School. It is, after all, that one time of the year when we all come together, to celebrate the achievements of our students, the support that their families have provided to them and the memories we create together to help our students attain an important milestone of their lives.

The graduating class of 2013 will remain a very special cohort in my life – the first official cohort I welcomed & saw through as Director of the NUS MBA program. I will remember most of the students fondly when I will look through the memories captured in the annual student Yearbook many years later and I look forward to receiving updates about the exciting happenings in these students’ lives through Facebook & LinkedIn.

 

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The Bizad Spirit, As I Know It

We recently wrote about the NUS Business Camp 2013. A better way to elaborate on it is to hear a first-hand account by an incoming BBA student.

Kenneth Lou Kok Juin, a first-year BBA student at NUS Business School shares his reflections about the NUS Business Camp 2013 and his impression of the School so far.

I begin this post by a brief introduction: I am a freshman in the Business Administration (BBA) programme and a University Scholars Program (USP) student for the year 2013-14. I’m also an avid tennis player training hard to make it into Team NUS. I have an encouraging brother in NUS BBA doing his third year soon. He is my main academic inspiration. I did my ‘A’ Levels in Nanyang Junior College and was fortunate to do reasonably well.

The past few months have been hectic for me. It was in the end of May when I first started asking around my seniors which camps I could possibly join and meet new people. Continue reading

Lick A Little, Change A Lot

When you drop in an EMBA class in session, dancing, singing and acting in class is probably the last thing you’d expect.

But that is exactly what surprised us earlier this month.

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The EMBA class presentation to the professor & senior staff members

Executive MBA students of NUS Business School come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. In our current Asia Pacific Executive MBA (APEX-E) batch, we have students who are consultants, managers, PhD holders and doctors, and represent diverse nationalities (Singaporean, Australian, Indians, Swedish, Turkish, Japanese, Swiss, Indonesian, Chinese, Saudi, and Taiwanese, to name a few).  They are all middle to senior level executives who have had great achievements in their career, and are enhancing their experiences through an Executive MBA. Termed as ‘Intake 21’ internally, this group of our APEX-E students is a part of a very global, talented and ethnic mix of leaders.

So why were the Intake 21 students acting and singing when we dropped by their class? They were making a class presentation.

As a part of a project for the course, ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship,’ this year’s APEX-E students, were given a very unique project: $500 worth of ice-cream to be sold in 48hours; the team with the highest amount collected wins.  Sounds like the ‘Apprentice Asia’ show? Well, it came quite close. The class was divided into three teams and what followed were intense brainstorming sessions, marketing outreach,  street—pounding, cold-calling, fund-raising campaigns and social media campaigning, which resulted in some of the most creative ways to raise money.  The teams made most of the two days, raised money, sold ice-cream and made a final presentation to the professor, entire class and a group of senior members of APEX-E administration.   True to his reputation of being an inspirational teacher, Prof Michael Yoshikami shared final words of wisdom and learnings from the project. He also celebrated the teams’ achievements by sharing a toast to the entire class as a token of encouragement.

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The NUS EMBA team at ‘The Haven’ run by Salvation Army

As part of innovation in curriculum, the class generated $25,000 worth of donations via virtual ice cream sales through the virtual media. The teams created Facebook pages and took online orders for donations.

The most memorable moments from this project, however, came from interacting with the children at ’The Haven’ by Salvation Army. As a token, the class organized an actual ice cream delivery to the Salvation Army’s ‘The Haven,’ where a safe and nurturing environment is created for the underprivileged children. The Haven, where fifty children reside in small cluster units, is a residential home for abandoned, abused and neglected children, mostly referred to The Salvation Army for care by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

It is these experiences that help business leaders gain an understanding about how to work with a diverse group, in a cohesive & effective manner, to be creative and to produce outstanding results. After all, isn’t this what executive business education is all about?

What do you think of the project and do you have any similar experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below.

If you are interested to find out more about other Asia-Pacific MBA programme, click here

PS: Title of this post borrowed from courtesy of one of the teams’ campaign.

More than Business at a Business Camp

It is not every day that you see fresh new faces, dancing in groups around campus, practising for what it seems is the next hottest reality TV dance competition – especially not at a business school.  But it is these kinds of sightings like this that make the NUS Business School experience ever-so-interesting:  the students in question were practising for a cheer-fight competition as a part of NUS Business Camp 2013.

 

First stay of NUS Business Camp 2013

First stay of NUS Business Camp 2013

The NUS Students’ Business Club (more commonly known as the Bizad Club) is the core student leadership body representing all undergraduates pursuing the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor in Business Administration in Accountancy (BAC)degrees in NUS Business School. The Bizad club organises many academic and social events throughout the year, and one of the first events that kick-starts a new year for the freshmen is the NUS Business Camp.This camp, solely run and managed by students, is unlike the usual camps involving outdoor cooking or sleeping in tents – it is much more geared towards encouraging the new incoming undergraduate students to forge friendships within the School community that will ease their transition into university life through a wider range of activies.  This year’s Business Camp, which took place from 10-13 June, featured four days and three nights of non-stop fun during which freshmen got to know what NUS Business School life will really be about, before the school starts. There were sessions such as mass dance segments, presentation on orientation projects, cheer-fight competitions  and a day outing at Sentosa; in addition to the countless socials and dinners

Day 3 of NUS Business Camp

Day 3 of NUS Business Camp

“When I attended the camp last year, it helped me tremendously to make new friends and I really learned a lot from the seniors. So here I am as a camp senior, to give back to the camp and the school,” said a second-year BBA student, Wei Jian who we managed to talk during the camp. And the freshmen seem to agree with Jian. “This camp has been an incredible experience for me and if this is any indication for things to come; I’m indeed looking forward to my time here. I’m impressed with the calibre of seniors who manage this all by themselves,” observed Lou Kok Juin Kenneth, an incoming first year BBA student.

All in all, the camp provided a good ground for some serious mingling among students to make them feel at home.

Congratulations and a warm welcome to all our incoming undergraduate students!

If you want to get a glimpse of the energy of students at this camp, click here

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