I've been in the technology and analytics industry for about 13 plus years and being in mid management, I think one of the big questions that I've been asking myself for a few years is what do I need to do to transform my career to the next level? What are the gaps that exist? One of the things that I realized is that we box ourselves into a specific type of role, specific type of career over time. There are other areas which you don't really completely work on. I think the INSEAD Leadership Programme for me was a journey towards understanding all the other aspects of general management and doing it in a program that allows me to integrate my learnings into work as quickly as possible. Traditional programs are more classroom focused, one year out, straight up, but this one you sort of gave me the exact balance that I was looking at for work and school sort of integration today. I thought from that point of view, ILPSIE was like a perfect choice for me.

If I look at impact, impact to me has been pretty much day to day. There are sessions that we're attending from time to time when every time I go back, the way I take my decisions, the kind of decisions that I take, the kind of questions that I'm asking Greg to myself, to my peers, to my organization has completely changed. This is something that is evident to me from my organization and I feel that I'm able to look at the entire dimension of running small to large businesses in a completely different way. I would say that from that angle it's been pretty impactful.

Peers and faculty were probably one of the biggest driving factors from me to actually choose INSEAD ILPSIE. If I look at the peer group, the average experience ranges from about 12 to about 25, 26 years of experience. People coming from diverse industries, which was extremely critical to me because then it brings viewpoints that I am completely not thinking about. From a faculty point of view, some of the faculty members, most of them in fact, they leave you with such lasting impressions. It's not about what they're really teaching. It's about how they're communicating that information to you, how you land up going and reapplying that. I feel that most of the faculty members are probably worth out here.

I am actually going through a professional transition. I have been in a delivery role for a while. I have done sales and business development along with some of my clients. Now, I'm moving into a completely different role which is getting into capability development. A large part of this I would say is credited towards my learning through the ILPSE program.

I think one of the transformations that I'm seeing, there are two dimensions to this. One is what you do as a person day to day in your professional organization, in your personal life as well, and how do you go about doing that? The perspectives that you're able to bring in play a huge role in transforming you as a person itself. The second dimension to this transformation is how does this open up opportunities across outside of your organization in other spaces? To that extent, this enables us with the kind of network that we have. It enables us to interact with business leaders across, and then just develop a lot more quickly as a business leader, a future business leader.

I think the first advice that I would really give is ask yourself the question as to what is it that you really want to do? Try and understand what you're good at, what you're not, and then look at how you go about fixing these opportunity areas that you have. Once you're able to do that, what you learn is why this program or why any other program in this program specifically is going to help you in that, and it gets you to be a lot more focused to extract maximum value out of this program.
Yogesh Jain