Message from The Director
Today the gap between what the industry needs and what classical education offers is immense to say the least. In the last seven years I have had the opportunity of hiring people from the top business schools across the country. I have represented different organizations, and hired for different roles, but the gap that I referred to is evident and was independent of the organisation or the role I went to hire for. I don’t want to say that the top Indian business schools are not up to the mark, but yes there is a dimension that is missing.
It is not enough to be a good business manager; had that been the case, success stories would have been coming from very straight jacketed backgrounds! The best pedigree should then lead to best performance; and this cannot be more further from reality. The best performers in organizations are not necessarily from the best business schools nor are the best entrepreneurs necessarily from the best business school. So is it fluke or fate or is there some science to it?
I have hired over 10,000 people in my career as a recruitment leader across industries and for different roles. The spectrum ranging from a feet-on-street sales representative to Vice Presidents. While business acumen and analytical skills can be taught, overall personality development and attitude is something that takes a lot of time and effort to develop. I have numerous occasions where hiring decisions are not based on skill, when you meet ten people with more than five years of relevant work experience; chances are that eight of these people would have the right skill sets, but the differentiator would be their attitude and personality.
At MILE we have designed a program that looks at developing you as an individual. We have developed the program in a way that helps you evolve as a person. The pedagogy is innovative and contemporary. There are two sections in this program that are designed to facilitate your overall development. PRIME (Program In Managerial Effectiveness) would help you develop soft skills and INDEX (Industry Domain Exposure) would help you learn about business management subjects.
Our student managers have already had an extremely diversified exposure which would go a long way in developing them as effective managers and responsible leaders. The spectrum of exposure ranges from guest lectures by CEO’s and eminent corporate executives to a two day outbound experiential learning program in the wilderness. The students also visited a large military establishment (MLIRC) at Belgaum where they understood how the military operates; they got an opportunity to live a soldier’s life for two days. Firing, trekking, physical training, mock drills and dining with the officers and troops were all a part of this experience.
As student managers you would be exposed to different aspects of being business managers. Your two years with me would be exhilarating to say the least. You would get to organise seminars across business functions. You would get exposure to liberal arts, which would help you appreciate the finer aspects of life. You would get a good flavour of adventure which would give you a completely new definition of ‘Pushing your Limits’.
These two years will change your life and I will ensure that this change is for your good!
I welcome you to MILE.
Prof. Dr. Samir Kapoor
Director Strategy & Corporate Relations