Our Associate Dean always tells our MBA students that you have to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. When I travel for RSM, this slogan often mulls through my head and my recent trip to Africa was no exception.
From flights being delayed indefinitely to my appointment schedule having a life of its own to getting lost in dodgy backroads on my way to an airport, there was never a dull moment. However, I always love to feel the energy in Africa. Some call it chaos, I call it creativity. How refreshing to meet talented young potentials who see solutions in challenges and who have the drive and commitment to pursue opportunities.
I am proudly South African and absolutely believe in the power of the African continent. I am therefore thrilled that RSM values its annual MBA intake from this region. We find that our African students bring such interesting perspectives to the MBA environment and add enormous value to the level of engagement and the in-class dynamic.
Our African students influence their classmates to sometimes colour outside of the lines, to value relationships as much as results and to embrace unity in diversity.
There is an African ideal the spirit of ubuntu – that expresses you cannot exist as a human being in isolation. Or, as Nelson Mandela put it once: Ubuntu asks the question if you are going to enrich yourself in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve. For me, our RSM MBA is all about this. We embrace and teach co-operation, sustainability, stakeholder management. In a sense, we teach ubuntu. And that is why I love RSM and our African students. And why I love travelling to Africa.
(That, and the fact that it takes me back to my beautiful home country, of course !)