“New theory and examples through case study’s I’ve heard in every class, opened my mind and still have an influence today in my decision making.”
When you are growing in one company for 10 years, like I was, next natural step is to find out what’s out there in business world. At that time, I was Head of Residential Sales Iskon Internet with countless reorganizations and new roles behind me, so I just wanted to learn more about business management beside my company.
I was curious, wanted to see different strategies, presentations, hear challenges outside known market, get to know different companies and of course, eager to learn new things. COTRUGLI was perfect mix of something new, old and borrowed.
New theory and examples through case study’s I’ve heard in every class, opened my mind and still have an influence today in my decision making. Good old classics of entrepreneurship are always nice to hear, to remind yourself and practice more what you already know in theory. Borrowed part was my favourite.
I was fortunate enough to be in a big EMBA group, so I borrowed from COTRUGLI a few amazing people who became my dear friends. Last month I was at the wedding ceremony in Slovenia, to one of my colleagues from the group. That’s what you can take from COTRUGLI, but you need to treasure it and bring back to Academy at least once a year, on our reunions.
Don’t get me wrong, you’ll be tired as hell after hard working week, and you will be crazy about so many literature and assignments that you somehow need to squeeze in your already tight schedule. But when that working weekend comes, you enter in a different world and beside learning, having fun and gaining priceless experience, you have a chance to hear international professors, to debate with amazing successful people, to work in a teamwork, to listen different perspectives, cultures, regulations… All that in just one weekend with COTRUGLI.
It will be hard, it will be demanding, it will be moments that you will not like (just like in business) – but it would be tremendous learning process – about yourself and successful people around you. Most valuable lesson for my personal growth: detach. I was growing up professionally in my company and the hardest part of my learning process was to detach.
Now, when I’m Director of Residential sales, I remind myself every day that detach is good for company and for me. Richer for knowledge, friends and amazing experience, I’m staying to grow few more years in Iskon.