Sep
18

“A Good Learner Is The One Who Wants To Learn” Says Abhimanyu

Please share your experience with FIIB

“My experience with FIIB was fantastic. I am from the 2005-07 batch hence I got the opportunity to spend my first year in Bijwasan Campus and approximately one year in Vasant Gaon campus. I had the feeler of both the places. The old campus was greener and I made really good memories with the friends that I made there for life. The new campus was equally beautiful and a new experience. I am till date happy and grateful to have met such impactful and positive human beings as my faculty and it was because of the faculty only that I had joined FIIB. The experienced and methodical faculty helped me a lot in dealing with the early corporate life challenges. Wherever I am today, it is purely because of FIIB. It played a major role in my life.”

How was your journey after your time in FIIB?

“Almost everyone struggles a lot in the initial stages of work life. But it was because of the work, dedication and teaching method of the FIIB faculty that almost all the students from my batch are in reputed places today. The transition from a student life to a corporate personality requires one to be punctual with everything and yes with time and some obvious lessons, I am where I am today” 

Would you like to give any suggestions to the FIIB students? 

“Be thoughtful and think deeply before taking any decision. You anyways will face a lot of challenges as a part and parcel of the work life. At FIIB you will get ample knowledge of what has happened in the past and about the current situation but in the future you will learn mainly through your own experiences. The more you will deal with people and will keep calm in times of crisis, the more you will go ahead. Stress management is crucial for each one of us and the first step to keep yourself away from stress is to have full knowledge of what you are doing today and not try to blindly move ahead in life.”

Highly motivating words from Mr. Abhimanyu that we all must follow in life to be successful. If you want to share your story, please send it at: alumni@fiib.edu.in

Sep
18

Patience, Persistence and Positivity- The Three Ps That Bhuvan Believes In!

No matter how challenging the situation is, one has to make the most out of it. It might be difficult in the beginning but we cannot lose hope if we really want to grow! Let us see what Bhuvan Chaudhary has in store for us in this interview. 

His Journey with FIIB:

“Mine was the very first batch in FIIB. We were trained by the most significant personalities from the professional/industrial world. My professors were from MMTC, STC and other highly reputed places.  I remember Mr. Joseph, Mr. Ashok Lal, Mr. Gandhi – the Director, Mr. Aggarwal, and a few more personalities from my time. They were highly experienced professors who were extensively given the task to put the proper blend of academics and professional experience in front of us. There was a productive mix and match of individuals for example from the highly reputed Engineers India Limited, who contributed in our growth. Our classroom was set up in the beautiful Bijwasan campus and I have a lot of good memories of the place. Sometime later the second batch students took admissions and we, the first batch students got the opportunity to interact with them and broaden our network. During my time, FIIB was only offering International Business so we learnt that subject very thoroughly”  

Early Corporate Life 

“When one steps in the industry, the industry demands some experience. As FIIB was just established, we had to work extra hard then to make a mark in the corporate world. Each one, and all batch mates of mine had to market themselves, including me, in order to land a job during the 1990s. I started my career with Guru Gupta Udyog Limited and eventually with time and experience I grew into my present self”. 

Suggestions For The FIIB Students

“In today’s scenario, 40% of people from my industry in International Business like furniture, footwear, fashion accessories, handlooms, handicrafts, carpet and more are now jobless. The pandemic resulted in cancellation of even orders that were shipped as the buyers refused to accept them. The exporters lost huge sums of money due to this. The situation is this bad and circumstances are very unfavorable currently. My suggestion to everyone who is passing this year, be it for any domain, is to keep your spirits high, do not lose hope and do not give up.

Patience, persistence and positivity are crucial in these unbelievably tough times that might just get tougher. Feed the opportunity and not your ego. Don’t get trapped in the thinking that you are an MBA and you deserve better. Today many people in the industry are working part time at lower salary brackets. You surely deserve better and that time too will come. However, in the meanwhile, pull your socks up and get going. Be thankful for the salary that you are being offered now and be rest assured that your scenario will develop beautifully in the coming years. Grab your opportunities now!!” 

This was Mr. Bhuvan with his ideas that are worth following and spreading to the others.  If you want to share your story, please send it at: alumni@fiib.edu.in

Sep
07

From Feeling Strange To Feeling Happy – Remembering My First Week at FIIB

My first week at FIIB? Certainly a very different experience than what is usually expected when you start your MBA College Life. And one and the only factor to blame for this stranger than imagined beginning to college life is Mr. Corona Monster! 

Honestly, in the beginning, I was very upset that I had to attend my MBA College virtually. But the way FIIB conducted its 3-day long Orientation Program online and made the whole experience a very pleasant one for all the students changed my perspective quite noticeably. 

I had always thought that PGDM is all about learning and preparing oneself to work in corporates. But in the first week itself I realized that it is as much about becoming a self-educating person as about learning in college. When I look back now, I can see myself being quite happy with my initial experience with the college. Right from the orientation where I learned so many things about the college which reinforced my faith, and pride, in selecting FIIB as a place for my professional growth. Knowing about Initiatives like B-Involved Program, SIP, CIP, Student Clubs, Innovation Centre, etc. have also delighted me a lot.

When my foundation classes started, I got a chance to interact with the Faculty members and trust me it has made an impression on me in many ways. Each faculty carries a different persona and a unique approach to teaching. Every faculty seemed full of innovative ideas and highly enthusiastic to help and support.

I never felt like I didn’t know them or was interacting with them the first time, that too virtually. I felt wonderful that I will get trained under their mentorship for the next two years. I can surely foresee an amazing future for myself.

I genuinely hope that this whole Corona issue gets a permanent fix real soon, and I resume college physically and experience everything in person.

Sep
05

Teachers’ Day 2020 @FIIB – Here’s How FIIB Racers Expressed Their Gratitude For Their Teachers!

World Teachers’ Day is a day well-celebrated universally to appreciate the efforts and dedication of those who spot and groom the students of today and transform them into the torchbearers and leaders of tomorrow. In the educational institutes, it is looked upon as almost the most special day of the year, when both the present and the past students express their gratitude towards their teachers and reminiscence the favorite moments and the contributions made by these mentors in their lives.

This year at FIIB while the celebrations were different from the past years as the students and teachers came together virtually to celebrate this inspirational day, but in enthusiasm it was as wholehearted, and in feelings as touching, as ever. 

Bringing an essence of art in their expression of gratitude 

In paying their tribute to the faculty, some of our students came up with a lot of innovative ideas and chose to express their feelings towards their teachers through the art forms they’re best at – singing, poetry recitation, dancing, and whatnot.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the students’ performances:

Weaving the wizardry of words in their greetings

Some of the other students chose to share their gratitude through highly thoughtful messages. Here’s a glimpse of some of the messages that clearly highlight the meaningful roles FIIB’s educators play in their students’ lives:

Overwhelming, isn’t it? Well, it goes without saying that teachers leave a great impact on the students through their knowledge and experiences. They not only guide and mentor the students by showing them the right path when things seem blurry, but also motivate them to stretch themselves that extra bit to achieve their goals.

Sep
05

6 Life Fulfilling Reasons To Choose To Educate The Future Generations

While being an educator in today’s world requires one to do much more than teaching, what hasn’t changed is that education remains the best hope to brighten the future of many young lives. No wonder then that education has been considered, and will continue to be considered as one of the noblest professions mankind could indulge in. 

So in anticipation of this year’s Teacher’s Day celebration we asked our FIIB Faculty to share what inspired them to take up and stay involved in this noble profession of imparting education to the future generations?

Let’s hear out what they had to share.

1.A way to be a lifelong learner

Teaching is more than just a job. Most people work and earn to live but the rewarding nature of this noble profession leads to job satisfaction unmatched by most professions,” says Dr. Ekta Singhal who works as an Assistant Professor (Marketing & Entrepreneurship) at FIIB. According to her this profession has enabled her to be a lifelong learner, giving an opportunity to constantly learn and unlearn new things and bring the same experience to her Entrepreneurship classes.

2.A way to be creative & innovative

Teaching involves interacting with young minds which is a great learning experience in itself. It helps me to be creative and innovative all the time, brimming with new concepts and ideas,” says Dr. Purnima Rao, Associate Professor-Finance. In her opinion, to be an educator is more like an ongoing continuum with an exploratory trajectory and with every step new learning is imbibed. So, teaching as a profession for her is passion, learning and discovering oneself with each passing day. 

3.A way to sculpture many young careers

Frankly, when I joined teaching from the corporate, it was more because I felt I could express my ideas well in a classroom. As I spent more and more time, I got to like teaching, in the fact that we can sculpt young minds, in the fact that they want to keep in touch as they grow in their professions,” says Dr. Sangeeta Chopra, Area Chair – HR & OB.

She also added that with time, she started enjoying teaching and took it as her highest responsibility. She genuinely feels it’s her duty to offer students much more than they expect and to engage them effectively. 

As an educator, her fondest desire is that students remember and understand what she teaches them, and are able to recall and apply the same practically- that is how it should be etched in their mind. 

4.A way to add excitement to life

I was an ace coder during my college time and in my job too. And then I decided to become a teacher; I’ve enjoyed teaching as a profession, much more than my previous ones,” says Prof. Prashant Verma, Area Chair – Business Analytics. He further said that he enjoys the same excitement and enthusiasm while teaching as he used to enjoy during his college times as a student. Teaching to him indeed is a way to feel elevated in life.

5.A feel of internal satisfaction

“I decided to be a teacher because I enjoy imparting knowledge to future generations. It gives me immense pleasure and internal satisfaction,” says Prof. Rajni Joshi, Assistant Professor – Finance. She feels more energetic and happier after delivering a lecture, and to her, life seems complete with this profession. 

6.A way to elevate self-growth while helping others grow

Teaching came my way and I think it pulled me in rather than me running after it. Now after almost 12 years into teaching and training, I know this is the right place for me,” says Prof. Shuchi Dixit, Assistant Professor – HR. As a teacher, she strives to engage, challenge and inspire growth in her students. She thinks that every student has unique set of skills which makes them capable of reaching their fullest potential. 

She further added, “The difference we can make as an educator in the life of another person is immense and you can see that change happening right in front of you. And this change happens on both sides. I hold myself to the same standards that I hold my students. That is, I strive to become a skilled thinker and learner, and I believe that this process is a life-long one.

There’s no profession as dedicating and as fulfilling as the profession of being a teacher. We wholeheartedly salute our teacher community for their contribution in shaping the lives of many young leader-managers year after year, and making them capable of handling the real world challenges.

Sep
04

What Qualities in a Teacher Inspire Students and Win Their Hearts and Minds

They Guide us, They Support us, They inspire us.
They walk with us in the journey of our Success.

Who are they? Parents! Yes, they are always with us. But there is one more critical influence that stays with us in our high and lows, that works hard for our future when our parents are not around? Our Teachers! The most precious gift THE GURU can give you is the right values and beliefs which will work as a ray of light in your tough times.

Here are some of our senior batch students sharing their perspective of right values and beliefs imparted by their teachers into them. Check out what qualities these students appreciate in their teachers while listening to their career-transformational stories.

1.Consistency and Persistence is the key

Prof. Vibhor Katria worked as hard as Bhavya in her journey of pursuing an MBA degree. He not only trusted her willingness but also understood her aspiration to claim the “Batch Topper” milestone. His quality of not setting limits to life literally helped Bhavya achieve that milestone.

One teacher who has always instilled confidence in me is Prof. Vibhor Kataria. His quality of constantly motivating us to set high expectations from our PGDM, not only helped me do wonders in this journey but also helped me achieve my milestone of becoming a batch topper. He has not only motivated me to do better but has also put in efforts to ensure that I don’t deviate from my goal and that is commendable,” says Bhavya Kalra (Class of 2021 Batch Topper)

2.Believer of sanguine approach

Dr. Ekta Singhal really worked as a guiding light for Shirly. She taught her the art of making decisions by keeping her thoughts intact. Leading her way through all the tough times is what Shirly has always desired and Dr. Ekta has been her one-stop-guidance source for all her queries.

“She is a lady with high spirits, sweet voice and an everlasting smile. I really want to thank Ekta Ma’am. Ever since I entered FIIB, I have seen her as a mentor in every way. No matter what problems I brought to her table, she handled it diligently and made me realize how by keeping calm in trivial situations helps us arrive at a better decision. She has, in a true sense, made me take appropriate steps in becoming a future leader. Her sanguine approach has made a difference in how I see challenges now,” Shirly Rex (Co-founder, Content Duniyaa and aspiring Future Leader)

3.A Great Listener

Prof. Arpan Anand supported Krishna with all his will and listened to every query of his like it was his own. He helped Krishna to choose the right path for his Professional Career.

“I really want to thank Arpan Sir. Though he taught me for 1st semester only still he was always there whenever I needed his support. Be it at the time for choosing electives, during CIP and SIP projects or, for career guidance – he was all ears, always. I have never formally thanked him for his support. So thank you Sir for your support and guidance,” says Krishna Chandana (Thankful Student)

4.Learn, Explore and Taste Success

Dr. Nidhi Maheshwari helped Riya realise that to learn better, one needs to explore better. And you can achieve anything if you’re determined towards it. She has lived those struggles with her and showed her the path of success.

“Mentor’s inspire you to rise and shine, indeed it’s the truth. Thank you Nidhi ma’am for trusting me and motivating me to be a strong leader. I have never thought of writing an academic case and getting awarded for it. As it was not even in my list but your constant support helped me through with those sleepless nights. The one thing which will stay with me for life is your never giving up attitude,” says Riya Dua (Case Writing Workshop Winner and Published Author)

5.Be Responsible for your Actions

Tarun found a great friend and the best advisor in Dr. Sudhir Rana. He not only helped him with all the trivial matters but also supported him in the journey of being a Club Leader.

“Thank you, Dr. Sudhir Rana, for being the master of research papers and a great friend. You were always there for me, be it club related issues or any issue in general. You have been a great friend and the best advisor. The one thing I am most thankful for is that you taught me the importance of taking ownership of my actions and also taught me how to work in teams,” says Tarun Kumar Kashyap (A Learner)

6.Knowledge is to share

Prof. Sanjay Tiwari listened and solved every query of Saumya and taught her how to outshine by showing her the path of knowledge and a set of correct values.

Thank you Sanjay sir for all the career guidance, you have taught me so many things, from how to properly manage my work and time to how to be patient and corporate ready. Being with you I have learned how academic knowledge adds values to your life. You have been my guiding light and always showed me the correct path in this PGDM Journey,says Saumya Srivastav (Knowledge Seeker)

These stories are a tribute to all teachers out there who have lived and worked as hard for the dreams of their students, Not just one but many. It takes a big heart to shape other’s future and we are indeed thankful to all of you.

Happy Teachers Day to all our Sung and Unsung Heroes!

Aug
31

Building Collaboration in Teams Through a Unique Way!

Often ‘messy problems’ of any organization involves multiple stakeholders and to solve them, you need to make sure that you bring them all together to ideate and solve. Design Thinking enables that structure and allows teams to untangle and move forward. Here’s one story of our partner, Netlink and how Design Thinking helped them bring more collaboration, empathy, and innovation to solve their challenges at work.

Why did you choose Design Thinking Bootcamp with FIIB? 

Our organization encourages a culture of continuous learning. Working in this dynamic world, it is obvious that some of the challenges we face at work need an additional perspective to solve them. Some of those challenges included complex processes and interdependent teams. While we were exploring various options to help us find these messy problems, we got in touch with FIIB for executive development programs targeted exactly to solve such problems. What we liked about the FIIB’s approach is that they didn’t right away try to pitch a program, instead, they heard us out, took time to get involved in our conversations, and then came up with a custom made program – Design Thinking Bootcamp that helped us identify our problems better, try and establish processes that solve problems, rather than jumping to solutions. Believe me when I say that after Design Thinking Bootcamp we’re absolutely floored by the change in the mindsets of our people. The complete hands-on methodology made sure that we absorb everything that we learnt over the 2 days. 

“Design Thinking Bootcamp helped us identify our problems better, try and establish processes that solve problems, rather than jumping to solutions.”

What were the highlights and big surprises? 

Well, in my organization I have conducted multiple programs and workshops. The usual trend is that the first day, the attendance is usually high, but it drops tremendously the following day. DTB with FIIB had 100% attendance throughout. We were expecting two days of classroom learning, but believe me, it couldn’t be more versatile. Team FIIB asked us to hand over the training venue a day before and I wondered why until we walked into the room the next day. The room was transformed into a kid’s living room. There were sticky notes, chart papers, glitters etc. As the day progressed, we understood what they all meant. The workshop brought out the child-like curiosity and enthusiasm within our employees, they got to be innovative, they ideated and made prototypes for possible solutions to the problems which they earlier so carefully identified. The prototype making was another surprise, the employees brought their innovative angle to make charts and videos of proposed solutions. The workshop proved to be interesting as well as impactful. 

Do you see any change in your efficiency after DTB with FIIB? 

Design Thinking Bootcamp with FIIB brought a deep-rooted change, which started from firstly a better understanding of who were the users we worked for – meaning, to find our internal and external customers, then empathize with their needs. It taught us how to look at challenges from their perspective, which in turn helped us redefine our problem statements better. Once it was done, brainstorming, ideating, and prototyping became almost second nature to us. In fact, the video prototypes we made during the workshop inspired us so much that we plan to make videos of all our processes. In addition, in just 2 weeks, the change has spread organization-wide. We are seeing people asking ‘why’ questions more, becoming curious, and taking initiatives to fix things. This is highly impressive, maybe that’s the reason we have now rolled out a training calendar with DTB organized every quarter for our organization. Kudos to team FIIB – particularly Radhika and Prashant for making the concepts stick to our minds! 

“We are seeing people asking ‘why’ questions more, becoming curious, and taking initiatives to fix things. This is highly impressive, maybe that’s the reason we have now rolled out a training calendar with DTB organized every quarter for our organization.”

Leonard Jesuraj,

Want to talk to us about your challenges and work and see if Design Thinking is the right approach for your organization? Check out this page for more information or write to us at ceeinfo@fiib.edu.in

Aug
31

Why I Enjoy and Look Forward to the FIIB Mentoring Sessions with my Mentor

Going down to my memory lane, I was never assigned by a personal mentor in any of my educational institutes. So, this scenario was totally pristine for me. And after successfully completing 5 mentor-mentee sessions, I can proudly say that this is one of the most admirable programmes which FIIB has provided me. 

My mentor is Prof. Shuchi Dixit, who is in herself a proficient counsellor and an expert in Human Resource Management domain (which I am also planning to opt as my major specialisation). Sessions with her are tremendously euphoric!

Generally, I count myself as an introverted person who finds it laborious to share what’s in her mind and gets anxious during public speaking. My mentor harked these issues for me so well and ended up in providing me the best guidance; now I can sternly see the change.

These sessions are just like a stress buster to me where I can talk about any dilemma and for me this could be the reason why I relish and look forward to the FIIB’s mentor-mentee sessions. 

Besides it, I feel fortunate to have a mentor who protects me from any missteps, prepares me for a change, and helps in enhancing our vision. 

Oprah Winfrey once quoted that, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” and I wholeheartedly thank FIIB for making me count on this quote by providing me such therapeutic sessions and a great mentor.

Aug
24

The Most Wanted Skill of 2020 – Problem Solving Sustainably

In recent times, ‘problem-solving skills’ has been one of the most used phrases of 2020, and rightfully so too – we’ve all encountered and experienced many bizarre problems in the last 5 months that we had neither experienced before nor could have predicted earlier. While most of us have focused or are still focusing on the solving part, it’s highly important to also focus on the problem part, especially to ensure that the solution is sustainable and is implemented keeping in mind who we are trying to solve the problem for. 

As we are adapting to what we are accepting as the New Normal, it’s very important that we solve problems and implement solutions in a way that they work for a long time and do not further create problems. Seems easy enough, that’s how we solve problems anyways, right? Surprisingly, in most cases, it isn’t. 

In reality, when we say problem-solving, it often means tackling challenges along the way, finding quick fixes, and focussing on damage control – well, that approach can help for a while, but when we’re dealing with bigger issues, it all comes collapsing down if we don’t fix the root of the problem. That’s why problem-solving as a skill is still most wanted and most sought after. And with nearly half of the systems and processes we have built almost becoming irrelevant to the way we work now, this is also the best time to talk about it. 

Enough said! let’s get to the point, shall we?

Learn First, Act Later:

Of course, some problems require quick fixes to control damages, However, that approach shouldn’t be applied to problems all over. Any problem you encounter will challenge your assumptions. In this case, we need to dig a little deeper, gather as much information about the problem as possible. Try and understand the variables and dynamics. Learn more about how the problem impacts different stakeholders, and gather information about external factors. You should also map out various scenarios before arriving at a solution, think about risks and further problems. Once you think you’ve done enough, then only work towards the next steps of problem-solving. 

But what if you don’t have enough past data about the problem you have? What will you do then? Such problems are called messy problems and often require a different structure to try and solve them. Check out this unique way of problem-solving for such problems here

Think From The Perspective Of The User:

Sometimes, it’s not just enough to understand the root cause of the problem, it’s also important to understand how the problem looks from the user’s perspective. Who is facing the problem? What is their biggest pain point? A problem might impact multiple groups of stakeholders and it looks different from different viewpoints. It’s important that if you’re trying to solve it, you should solve it based on the user’s viewpoint you’re trying to solve it for. So, exploring your user’s perspective is also a key bullet in problem-solving. In fact, it is one of the first things that is taught in Design Thinking – a structured way of solving complex problems. Complex or not, it always helps to understand the people’s impact of your problems before proceeding to solve. 

The 5 Whys Technique:

Get to the basics. Before you think about the ‘how’ of solving a problem, start caring about the ‘why’ questions. There’s a popular technique called the 5 whys, the process is exactly what it looks like, asking 5 why questions until you get to the root cause of the problem. 

Consider the following example:

Source: https://kanbanize.com/

We can go up to more iterations, but usually, 5 why questions should let you get to the root cause. 

Solve For Long Term:

It might feel tempting to choose the most feasible and quickest solution and get on with it, and maybe your circumstances might even call for it. Before you make that jump, know that the point of solving a problem is to ensure that the problem doesn’t come back creeping to your desk wearing a slightly different face than before. Make it sustainable. Make it long-term.

Use Specialized Approach:

While you think deeply and analyse solving a problem, there are scenarios, where you might feel that despite these steps, you aren’t fully able to solve the challenges. That’s where it gets tricky – maybe the problem you thought was the problem isn’t really the problem, or you simply could solve only one aspect of the problem. In such times, you need to evaluate whether you have a ‘wicked’ problem. A wicked problem is defined as a problem which is tough to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, or changing requirements that are often difficult to understand. These problems usually involve multiple stakeholders and usually have no obvious solutions. In case, what you face seems something similar, you might have to use a specialized approach such as Design Thinking.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Design Thinking and how your organization can benefit from it, check out our Design Thinking Resource Page

So, the next time you think of problem-solving, we hope you look at it comprehensively, stressing on both the problem and the solving parts. Happy solving!

Aug
22

Why Emotional Intelligence is an Important Skill for Industry 4.0? And How FIIB is Preparing its Students for It?

Aspiring young leaders require emotional maturity now more than ever to coach teams, manage stress, deliver feedback, and collaborate with others. To prepare our students for the 21st century world corporate challenges and help them create positive energy and enthusiasm to foster and drive meaningful change, we are further deepening the much-needed Emotional Intelligence element in our curriculum. Ms. Shuchi Dikshit, Assistant Professor – HR

As a Business School nurturing young leaders-managers, FIIB genuinely believes that leaders should be able to balance and positively leverage their own emotions, as well as the emotions of those around them. Knowing that Emotional Quotient – also known as EQ – has been surveyed as the strongest predictor of a leader’s performance by EQ Provider TalentSmart, our students are being taught Emotional Intelligence (EI) as the main subject in their first-term itself so as to help them consciously build the required skills to become effective leaders. 

Below is the excerpt of the interview session with Prof. Shuchi Dixit, Area Chair (OB & HR) at FIIB. 

Why did FIIB decide to include this in the curriculum? 

Emotional Intelligence is a necessity for individual success. It helps us reflect on self-management at the core and directs us to manage our emotions, which are the most complex aspect of human relationships. Whether you join an MNC, or start your own business, you will always be dealing with people. But to better understand how to interact with the others, we first need to understand our own impact on them which comes only from self-awareness.

Emotional intelligence (EI) forms the juncture at which cognition and emotions meet. Real world problem solving is done in a complex maze of social and human factors in which decisions are arrived upon with insufficient data while still hoping that desired outcomes can be achieved. They are not run like a scientific experiment in which a controlled environment can be created. So the key ingredient in any  formula of success is the human factor.

The challenges that lie ahead of us are not always predictable and so it’s difficult to assess what kind of training would prepare us for it. But what we can certainly prepare students for is to deal with these uncertainties and be able to respond to them well. EI matters, it facilitates our capacity for resilience, motivation, empathy, reasoning, stress management, communication, and our ability to read and navigate a plethora of social situations and conflicts.

Why Emotional Intelligence Should Matter for Students?

Emphasizing Emotional Intelligence in the curriculum directly contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes meant for the students. Following are some of the key aspects that students build upon automatically in such a curriculum:

  • Effective communication
  • Social awareness
  • Building cohesive teams
  • Critical thinking and creativity
  • Making ethically inclined decisions

Though a higher EQ is not necessarily spelt out as a requirement for any particular job but research shows that it becomes increasingly important for the higher level job roles and in fetching higher salaries as well.

The World Economic Forum has identified Emotional Intelligence as one of the top skills for Industry 4.0. The most reputed B-Schools in the world like Harvard and Stanford have workshop-oriented courses on interpersonal dynamics which are EQ centric. 

Companies are run by employees and empires are built by people and it is emotions that drive people. EQ is required to drive the best of the ideas and make them impactful in any organization. EI is what makes workplaces more desirable. 

How is FIIB making young leaders-managers emotionally-adept? 

The methodology adopted is not in the form of lectures but sharing experiences. For this purpose a safe environment needs to be created which is built upon trust. The instructor starts by quoting their own everyday life experiences and reflects upon the incidents which show lack of self-awareness and emotional hijacking. This encourages students to also share their own experiences and accept the emotions and understand the roots of it.For every interaction, students work on self-awareness through SWOT analysis, identifying emotional triggers, goal setting, self-motivation which would help them to not just retrospect but also reflect on the reasons. The objective is to make the participants aware of their emotions and understand the reasons. This awareness gives them better control of themselves and a capacity to respond to the environment in an effective manner.

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