The storm has passed and some semblance of normality has returned to campus. It seems everyone has settled into their new schedules and the busyness that accompanies “normal” here at HBS.
So, what’s my final term like? Following is my course selection for the spring term.
- Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise
- Power and Glory in Turbulent Times
- Launching Technology Ventures
- The Art of Leading in a Diverse World (Harvard Kennedy School)
- Independent Project with a faculty member
Compared to last semester, in which I was deeply immersed in the world of healthcare, this term I’m going to be focusing on developing my soft skills and my startup business. In fact, this course selection gives me more free time than last semester, allowing me to “output” what I have “input” over the past 16 months.
Above all, the course I am eagerly looking forward to is Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (BSSE) by Professor Clayton Christensen. As many of you may know, Christensen is one of the best of the faculty at HBS and is known as a living legend. The course is largely based on his renowned publications, such as “The Innovator’s Dilemma” and “The Innovator’s solution”, and adopts a unique teaching style in which we read both a Theory and a case and apply theoretical frameworks to the realities. Even though this is an elective course, it is said that about half of HBS second year students take this course.
Simply reading the case titles is very fascinating: “Level 5 Leadership”, “How Can We Beat Our Most Powerful Competitors?”. I cannot graduate without learning these concepts. Also, the last class entitled “Applying the Theories to Your Life” is related to Christensen’s latest publication, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” It is abundantly apparent that there will be a tremendous takeaway from this class!
Recently we have been receiving emails from HBS regarding our commencement in May. The realization that the end of our second year is fast approaching has sprung upon me. This is stirring some very ambivalent feelings deep within.