I couldn’t be happier with my decision of coming to Fuqua. I have a constant feeling of being where I fit, where I belong, and most important of all, in a school that promotes the values that I have and seek to foster.
It would be impossible to count how many times people have mentioned words such as team, collaboration, community, or commitment since I got to Fuqua. Specifically, I would like to mention an speech that Joe LeBoeuf, a professor here at Fuqua, gave us during our MBA Orientation -I will write a whole post about this in the next few days.
Joe graduated at West Point, a US military Academy, and retired as a Colonel after 34 years of service. He is part of the Coach K Center of Leadership and Ethics (COLE), and among other classes, he teaches leadership and management at Fuqua.
Joe’s speech was part of a three day immersion to Fuqua, its values and its program. He started his presentation by saying something that caused quite an impression on most of us: “[the MBA experience] is a gift to self”. We are embarking ourselves in a transformational experience, but it depends on us how transformational business school will be. Joe described how today’s leaders face different challenges than they did years ago, and how Fuqua is helping shaping these leaders, so they can become the light that people are seeking for.
What Fuqua is doing is even more important today, in an environment of constant business and political agitation. Several years ago Fuqua started teaching its students to be a leaders of consequence, a person who demonstrates:
- Competence – does things right
- Character – does the right thing
- Purpose – focuses on good things
Fuqua believes that a leader of consequence possess a moral compass to guide organizations toward the collective good for all stakeholders –others, the organization, the community and the world- to both “get along” and “get it right”.
Joe urged us to be a leader who demonstrates competence, character, and purpose -a thinker and a doer who can maneuver the complexities of interdependent issues- to become a better person, better leader, and not just a smarter one.
I came to Fuqua because its collaborative and supportive environment, and things like this reinforces the feeling that I made the right decision. Each school has its values, and I would encourage each and every one of you to do some research about this, after all, you wouldn’t want to spend lots of money and two years of your life in a place where you don’t fit.
For instance, Fuqua’s value is Team Fuqua, University of Chicago’s values are individualism and competition -this is not my opinion, but a fact based on professor and students from this University. When I started my business school search, Booth was my top choice. After several months, it was at the bottom and schools that fostered team work came first.
As part of this transformational experience, we will spend half a day helping the community. This initiative is part of our Leadership, Ethics and Organizations class. In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization “devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing”.
I have signed up to help build four new homes in Durham. The owners are families who will be purchasing these homes with a zero percent interest mortgage. I will be doing tasks such as building a shed, sealing the crawlspace, and/or doing framing for each home. We got t-shirts for this special occasion!
Go Team Fuqua!