Deepak Seth

Deepak Seth

Programme: OneMBA Class of 2015
Nationality: Indian
Age: 43
Job title: Manager Technology
Company: Verizon
Previous degree: BSc in General Sciences from Delhi University, India

1.       Why did you decide to join the OneMBA?

“I always wanted to do an MBA. An MBA gives you a better view of overall business so you understand how things fit together, for example operations, marketing, finance, and leadership. This kind of structure is really important to be able to manage things better in my current role and future positions.”

2.       How is the OneMBA experience affecting your work?

“I’m able to analyse more structurally and I know why people think the way they think, and why they do things the way they do. I fuse the learning in my real life work environment and do my job better. The OneMBA has given me so much knowledge and opportunities to use my own skills more effectively and make use of the resources in hand.”

3.       What is the return on investment that you expect from funding your OneMBA?

“I would like to step into a next-level position with more management and leadership capabilities. The personal investment will enable me to manage the resources and capabilities within the company to deliver better results. But the most important thing for me is knowledge and personal growth.”

4.       How has the Personal Leadership Development programme (PLD) affected you?

“In management and leadership positions you need to motivate people to do things in a better and more professional way. PLD has allowed me to expand my own knowledge and capabilities and apply them to the people surrounding me in order to get the best out of them. I’ve seen this happening in practise and am very positive about it.”

5.       Do you notice different cultural approaches when working within global teams?

“People behave and react differently. During the OneMBA, we learn how to get the best out of each other. You need to bring in your own skills of understanding towards other cultures. When you are patient, set the initial ground rules and respect each other, you deliver good-quality assignments before the deadline. I don’t mind adapting to the situation, as long as it works in harmony. We’ve learned so much more by working this way, because it’s everyday life to work with other cultures and you, as a leader, need to learn how to deal with that.”

6.       With your busy schedule, how do you manage the cross-continental projects?

“This is going pretty well. We manage through teleconferences, email or other technology. Nothing is stopping us, because there are solutions available. As long as people have something to contribute, things go well, no matter where they are. There is a good understanding and respect for fellow students and their busy schedules.”

7.       What was your favourite part of the Global Residencies?

“I enjoyed the conferences in the USA and in Turkey. We shared a lot of knowledge and interacted with a lot of people. It enhanced bonds with fellow students from other universities and learned a lot. The content in the European residency was a real eye-opener, because it was about European business, which is closer to routine life and very relevant to my overall global role.”

8.       What has been the best part of the OneMBA for you so far?

“I enjoy learning about subjects that haven’t been my ball game before. I’ve always been technical, but getting into the finance, accounting and operation side is exciting, logical and simple to understand. I know about these things because I’ve been in the industry for so many years. But to manage it effectively and professionally you do need a framework behind it. At work, OneMBA gives me the full picture of what we are contributing towards our customers, society and ourselves. I’m not ‘just doing my job’ anymore. It’s exciting to know how things fit together now.”

9.       After the OneMBA, what does the future hold?

“I wish I had a crystal ball to see what the future holds for me. After the OneMBA I feel that more avenues will open and that I have many more opportunities to explore. It widens my horizon. It gives me confidence. The rest is up to me.”