What books are on your bedside table right now?
The Economist, The Seed is Mine (a social history of South Africa), and The Rise and Fall of the British Empire.
How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation)?
I play squash every week and when possible try to walk to work. When I’m travelling I’m usually walking around airports, which helps get my goal of at least 10,000 steps per day. I also find that mindfulness meditation is helpful, especially in slowing myself down — it’s also easy to do — such as on the subway home at the end of a long day.
What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?
The ability to look at business problems from various angles, be it analytical, strategic, or marketing-wise and bring the skills to bear on the various problems that I face in my work each day. I’ve found my way of thinking about these problems and the various options has also changed, certainly for the better.
What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?
That the volume of useful information is significant and I’m trying to find a way to be able to both track and retain it for future use — knowing that I won’t remember it all. So far, I’ve started an index to be able to quickly refer to articles, frameworks, or class notes depending on what topics I’m working on at a particular time.
The quality of professors has also impressed me. Although I expected a high level of quality on that front, I’ve been particularly impressed by the way in which each of them are engaging, interesting, and deliver the subject matter in a neat and dynamic way.