What’s on your bedside table right now?
Most of the time I read cases, supplementing articles and material, but when I have time (which is a big event by itself these days alreadyJ) I come back to my favorite authors. I am a huge fan of Paolo Coelho and his works, read many of his novels, like the Alchemist, The Zahir, The Winner Stands Alone, and many other, but the book I re-read time to time is Like the Flowing River- a collection of stories reflecting many of Paolo Coelho’s lifetime experiences that are priceless and eye opening. The other author I come back to all the time is Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation)?
This is the hardest part of this 17-month journey, considering the fact that I have a busy life balancing between Ivey, work and family with two active and demanding boys (10 and 5). When weather permits I run outside and play tennis with my 10 year-old, in a winter time I go to gym and Zumba classes twice a week. Reading books and doing brain training exercises are another way to unwind.
What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?
That I truly want to become an effective and transformational leader. I’ve also learnt that there is no marketing, financial, operational, supply chain or human resource issue in your hands to resolve in isolation- it is rather a business issue that impacts all aspects of the Company to the lowest or highest extent.
What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?
That “Trust the Process” moto really works, for the next 17 months there will be no time to stop and the layers of trusting your peers and learning group members is multidimensional and unlimited.