What’s on your bedside table right now?
My phone charger and reading glasses (necessary at my age). David Brooks latest book entitled “THE ROAD TO CHARACTER”(I highly recommend it), and a couple recent issues of HBR magazine. I’m a bit of a dinosaur and still have one of those old fashioned pagers as well.
How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation)?
We live next to Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver and I enjoy going for a run with our family dog “Cedric” a 7-year-old boxer. A great part of the basement seems to be filling up with exercise equipment used by the kids, Sue and I. A new rowing machine will either be the vehicle on which I will shed my IVEY EMBA-induced 10 lb overage, or could equally likely end up on Craig’s list by March. Sue and I and our six kids are also active members of our local Catholic faith community in Vancouver.
What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?
I learned a lot about myself. Pretty much everything in the MBA is new knowledge for me given my medical background and lack of even the most rudimentary ability to quantify anything at all. Along with all the “knowledge” that I have accumulated, I also learned about how I am viewed by those I work with and how that has to change for me to become the kind of administrator that I aspire to be. I became aware of those things that are holding me back from truly effective leadership; and I think that I now have some of the tools to grow to be more effective as a leader and decision maker.
What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?
I learned that you can actually learn to be wise. It is not just something that you are born with, nor is it something that you can fake through charisma and a bombastic leadership style. The process of education at IVEY takes you down a road that enables you to gain as much wisdom as you are able to absorb. The IVEY EMBA is an Olympic size swimming pool of wisdom: go ahead a swim out into the deep end – if you dare.
The next most amazing aspect was the quality of the teaching and professors. From the profs who knew pretty much everyone in the class by name and business background on the morning of the first day to the thoughtful and careful way the curriculum has been build: this is not simply a bunch of credits towards a degree: an IVEY EMBA is transformative both personally and professionally.