“I am aware of how I communicate with others, and able to recognise if it is in line with what I want from the others. I also pay attention to my social network inside the company, now I have realised it is a fundamental asset for my work.”
Business Development Controller at Magneti Marelli, Italy
Executive MBA 2013
Could you tell us about your job in the Automotive Sector?
My job is to manage and develop business cases for new products. I am in charge of two European product lines. I work with people from different nationalities and across disciplines, needing to communicate clearly with people from technical backgrounds. Also when building a business case, I need to communicate effectively beyond numbers, and have an understanding of what makes a good business case beyond just numbers.
How did you find RSM?
I looked on the internet, looked through the top rankings, read the programme and investigating about the school‘s reputation. I wanted a North European school. There’s probably a common European mentality, but there’s a difference in the way people work and live. I’m from Romania and now working in Italy, so wanted to prove myself in a new culture.
I wanted to work and develop projects with people I did not know, and I liked what it offered in terms of leadership development.
What were your expectations of the course?
I was quite excited about starting the course. I was sure I would enjoy everything but in reality it has been above my expectations. In terms of programme, in terms of learning and the tools we received and also in terms of the people who participate.
The most pleasant thing has been having motivated and brilliant people to work with. I have learned so much from them. I have been confronted by them, had the possibility to see what my strengths are and what I need to develop. So it has really worked as I expected it to.
What have you looked at in terms of leadership skills?
The most important thing is to manage people, to involve and motivate them. You cannot do that if you cannot manage yourself on all levels. One of the most interest things I have learned on this programme is the power of feedback. I did not know how important it is, to receive and to give. The way you give feedback and what its intention is. Everyone knows about feedback but I didn’t know how much power this tool has. I just started to think about it more seriously than before.
What about business strategy and theory?
We’ve just had a really good class on management accounting. It’s basically training you in business thinking. We’ve been looking at concrete business cases in different countries and cultures. Thinking about what issues might impact the business in the US, Russia and Eastern Europe, for example, helps you develop a broader business vision.
Could you say a bit more about your course colleagues?
My colleagues are so motivated they scare me! I am definitely pushed hard but really, we motivate each other. We work hard, but we also have a lot of fun. In each project you feel yourself develop and have a lot of fun along the way.
What is the best part of the course?
I like the personal leadership development and organisational behaviour best. I have a finance background so was ignorant of so many aspects outside of this area. From the management science I have received some really interesting tools for modelling business decisions that I have been able to apply as soon as I returned to work.
The other thing I had to learn was time management. I really had to improve my time management and establish short term priorities.
What else has changed in your work?
My personal communication has improved. I am much more aware, which is something they have taught. I am aware of how I communicate with others, and able to recognise if it is in line with what I want from the others. I also pay attention to my social network inside the company, now I have realised it is a fundamental asset for my work.
What would be your recommendation to people thinking about joining the course?
I would motivate them to take the plunge, especially if they are from outside Holland. It’s stimulating to get out of your own environment and be pushed.