Archive for January 14th, 2008

Creative Take on a Business Card

January 14, 2008

The other day I met with the head of an advertising agency in Mumbai.  When he handed over his business card, I looked at his name at the bottom and, below it, for his address.  The address wasn’t there, though.  In its place was written:  “Champion Doodler, Traveler, Trainee Poet, Hiker, Family Man” and several other descriptors, ending with “Chief Executive Officer.”  A card like that immediately leads into conversation—it breaks the ice, conveys the giver’s creativity (particularly important when you’re an advertising executive), and creates an opening to tell a story about yourself.  I like the way the executive re-imagined the use of the ubiquitous business card to humanize himself and make his business meetings memorable from the start.  Simple things like that can really make a difference in helping you stand out from the rest of the crowd.

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Inner Voice

January 14, 2008

A group of Columbia Business School students just arrived in Hyderabad and are visiting LifeSpring Hospital tomorrow. Having drinks with them last night and hearing about job interviews brought me back a year…going through consulting interviews, applying for the Acumen Fellowship. I nearly made myself (and probably everyone around me!) crazy assessing next steps: whether to do international development work immediately, or go back to the private sector first to gain more skills. For business school students interested in social enterprise, this seems to be a constant question. And of course, in the end, there’s no one right answer. For me, the key was getting rid of the “should’s” and following through on what I really wanted to do.

It’s like this quotation by Steve Jobs:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”