A very warm welcome to all the MBA Financial Services and MBA Leadership students, new and returning. Each of you has been in the program or has arrived into this program, because each of you envisioned what you would be doing in the coming years, the roles you would be performing in the organizations you work for, and the impact you will be having in your communities in particular and the society in general. Each of you has embraced Volatility, stared Uncertainty in the eye, patiently peeled layers of Complexity to unravel complex issues, and used deliberate and clear communication to drive away the fog of Ambiguity, as you have navigated COVID19 and its direct and indirect effects on your lives.
As VUCA Navigators, you have all actively engaged in the process of improvisation of human behaviour (bricolage) and as managers and leaders in your chosen fields, you have demonstrated the willingness to adapt, be agile, imbibe input from all corners, embraced and celebrated diversity and diverse perspectives, and made decisions for the betterment of your organizations, your family and friends, and yourselves.
While the MBA program will provide additional challenges, we are confident that each of you will be very successful as your return to taking courses (regardless of how long the break was between the last time you were taking classes/courses). As some wise person said, “it is not perfection, but progress” that one needs to work for, and Michael John Bobak says, “All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone”. I end with a quote from Swami Vivekananda – “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached”, with a caveat that goal clarity is important. We wish you all tremendous success in the program.
Dr. Binod Sundararajan
Rowe School of Business
Associate Professor of Management
Academic/Research Director, CeLNET