Post #22: Admitted to LBS Sloan – what next?

You generally receive a decision on your Sloan Masters application within 2 weeks after the interview.  You will have to pay a deposit of 5000 GBP to secure your admission within 2 weeks.

While securing an admission in a program like Sloan at LBS is itself an achievement, there are a number of important things to focus on besides celebrating the success.

First you need to pay the deposit within the stipulated time and confirm your admission.

Then you need to start thinking about the following:

  1. Finance for the course
  2. Visa Processing 
  3. Sabbatical/Winding up in your current job
  4. Preparation for the course

I will cover each of the above in detail in my ‘upcoming posts‘.

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Post #21: Role of Career Services in LBS Sloan Programme

I received quite a few inquiries on the role of LBS Career Services in providing placements for Sloan students. Please see career services section on official website for complete details on this.

There are no direct campus placement services available for Sloan fellows like the MBA class. As Sloan fellows come from diverse background and are already senior managers who are looking to transition into top management roles, it gets difficult to arrange for campus placements for such diverse roles.

Career Services assists Sloan fellows with individual coaching sessions to achieve the following:

  • Refine your CV
  • Refine your cover letter
  • Refine your interviewing skills

In addition to the above, career services circulates your CV to global recruiters and organizes several networking events and career fairs.

So how do I find a job post Sloan?

See below for the source of employment for class of 2012 (Official Source – Sloan Employment Report 2012)

  • Networking – 39%
  • Previous Employer – 32%
  • Job Advertisements – 11%
  • Alumni – 8%
  • Direct Approach – 5%
  • Headhunters – 5%

As Sloan fellows have more than 12 years of experience, they already come with a vast network through the employers, customers and partners they have worked with. As you can see about 70% of the 2012 class managed to find a job through networking/returning to previous employer. This also implies that it is your previous experience that will help you to get the job though at a leadership level.  While switching Industry sector/job function is possible, it is not easy as it is in the MBA program.

Sloan fellows do come with a lot of clarity on what their career objectives are and leverage the support of career services to do a focused job search. Thus finding a job should not be an issue once you graduate from a school like LBS.

However I do not want to paint a very rosy picture here.  Please note that there will not be as many job openings in leadership roles as they are in mid/senior level.  Leadership job openings are subject to economic conditions as well.  So one has to start the job search early and also be prepared to wait for a few months to land in the right job which helps you to practice the skills acquired during the program.

I also spoke to several alumni and understood that the impact/results of Sloan Programme are realized over a period of time (say 3 to 5 years). So as long as a student goes with a learning mindset and do not have an expectation that he will get into a CXO role immediately after the program, he will not be disappointed. Sloan fellows do get into CXO roles earlier than others, but only after practicing the skills acquired during the program for a few years with effective career planning.

One last observation: Of the three Sloan fellows Programs offered worldwide (LBS, MIT Sloan and Stanford), LBS is is the only school that publishes career reports for Sloan program. This itself talks for the school’s confidence, transparency and importance in equipping students with the right skills to find a job post completion of the course.

I will keep updating this post as I learn more from the current class and also once I join the next year class.

Please reach out to programme office directly if you have any questions on this or refer to Sloan Masters Programme official website for details.

Disclaimer: These are my personal views based on my research of the program through various sources like programme website, current students and alumni.

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Post #20: Reactions to my Blog

This is my first blogging experience and I have received diverse feedback. I never thought that this blog would be this successful with readers from 44 countries and around 2000 views within two weeks of starting the blog.

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Feedback Summary:

  1. Very Informative
  2. Interesting
  3. Spot on
  4. No non-sense
  5. Honest
  6. Helpful
  7. Inspiring

Below are couple of interesting questions posed by my readers:

  1. Why are you going for such an expensive course at this point of your career, why not buy a house instead with that money?

My answer: It is a personal choice one has to make. Of course it is a lot of money and I agree that one can spend the rest of the life happily in India with the interest earned from a fixed deposit in a bank or buy an apartment in one of the best townships in an Indian city.

In fact, I have put my house on sale to fund my studies. I was raised in a lower middle class family and always believed in subsistence living. I have seen that money follows if you are sincere and hardworking in whatever you do.I have had good career progression all through my career, got opportunity to work in several countries and earned some money in the process.

I see this program as an investment in myself for the following reasons:

  • Realize my dream: Studying in a world class school has been my dream every since I was in my teens.  Management is something I liked inherently from my college days.
  • Quest for Knowledge: I felt that its time to upgrade my skills/knowledge at this point of my career.

2. What are your objectives after completion of the course –  I don’t think this is covered in the blog?

I have deliberately not covered this in the blog as I did not want to influence the thought process of prospective students. It took about 2 months for my objectives to be articulated. Sometimes you may have your objectives in your mind, but you may not be able to express it clearly in black and white. It helps to have a mentor or friend who can do some questioning to firm up your objectives. Every person has to sit back, relax and think of his own objectives. I am happy to have one on one discussion if any of you need guidance on this process. You will appreciate the time you spent on this for sure when you compare your first draft with final version as both are very different (in my case).

Best Compliment I received for this blog: “You are sharing a lot of valuable information and inspiring people to study.  One of the key qualities of a leader is to inspire and motivate people. You have shown your leadership through this blog.”

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Post #19: How to prepare for Sloan Interview?

Once you submit your application, admissions committee will review the application and generally gets back to you within two weeks. Once you are shortlisted for an interview, the program office will setup an interview with admissions officer or an alumnus based on your location. If it is an alumni interview, program office will try to match your profile with that of an alumnus who shares some professional background. So do not worry, if your interview scheduling takes a week or two. Once Alumnus is notified by admissions office, he will directly get in touch with you to setup the venue/time.

The first thing you should do after submission is to take a break atleast for a couple of days to refresh yourselves. You should stop worrying about application and treat yourself with something you like :-).

If you are confident about your application, I suggest you start your preparation for the interview after this short break.

Here are a few details on Sloan interview logistics:

  • Mode: face to face
  • Interviewers: Admissions officer or Alumni
  • Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Dress code:  Business formal (obvious, though not mentioned)

What is tested in the interview?

  • Objectives fitment to the program and school
  • What you bring or can contribute to the class
  • Presentation/Articulation skills
  • Validation of your essays: Implies validation of your team skills, leadership qualities, decision making

How to prepare for the interview?

Create a list of probable questions by going through your resume, essays and your application. I have listed below some common questions asked in the interview and the approach to answer them.

Resume:

1. Tell me about yourself:

While I was preparing for the interview, I researched quite a bit to understand the difference between ‘tell me about yourself’ versus ‘can you walk me through your resume’.

Here is my understanding of how to answer these questions.

If you are asked ‘tell me about yourself?’  – you can tell all about yourself both professional and personal. You can cover the following:

  • Where you come from (Country)
  • Your overall experience summary
  • What you are doing right now
  • Your family
  • Your interests outside of work
  • Keep your answer to a max of 3 minutes.

*Don’t talk about your resume in detail, as the interviewers are generally thorough with your profile and would like to hear in a simple English language (not the same as in your resume). Make it a bit interesting and casual.

Coming to ‘walk me through your resume’ – you can cover the following:

  • Walk-through each role and responsibility listed in the resume by quoting some additional details which are not in your resume.
  • You can update if there is any change to your role/responsibility recently after you have submitted the application
  • Keep this to a max of 4 minutes.
  • You need not discuss anything at personal level here.

Please note that in general b-school interviews will focus more on ‘tell me about yourself’ question while job interviews focus more on the second question

2. Role/Responsibilities: For each role listed on your CV, make sure you have the following details:

  • Your responsibilities
  • Instances where you demonstrated  your leadership/team skills/decision making skills in that particular role
  • Accomplishments in the role

3. Industry trends: Make sure you are aware of the current trends in your industry. Do some reading of industry analyst reports; think about how the industry evolved and also the future of your industry. You should definitely have your own point of view irrespective of whether the answer is right or wrong.

4. Extracurricular: If you have mentioned any extracurricular activities make sure you are prepared for questions on those.

5. Gaps in your employment: Please have answers for any gaps you may have in your employment

Objectives/General:

  1. What are your objectives, near-term and long-term?
  2. Why do you want to do Sloan course versus any other management course?
  3. Why now?
  4. Why LBS?
  5. What will you contribute to the class?
  6. What are your achievements till date?
  7. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  8. How will you find a job after the course in current market conditions?
  9. What will you do if you are not admitted into this course?
  10. Do you think the investment is worth given that you are already in senior role and earning high salary?

Essays:

  1. Read all essays and prepare a possible list of questions. Have atleast 1 question for each para in your essay
  2. Be clear about all the instances you quoted in your essays and be prepared for followup questions
  3. Read essays atleast once a day

Last, but most important question – ‘Any question for me on the program/school?’

Most of the interviewers give you a chance to ask questions and I think its a very good opportunity to get some genuine questions clarified. Ask for something that is relevant to your profile, your objectives and that is not obviously mentioned anywhere in the school website.

Tips:

  • Dress smart, first impression is the best impression
  • Be on time
  • Keep cool, stay humble throughout the interview
  • Be a good listener and answer to the point
  • Let the interviewer run your interview. If you have prepared well for each section and if the interviewer skips some sections, do not interrupt and try to add whatever you have prepared for the section. Wait for the questions like ‘Do you want to add anything?’
  • Avoid comments on race, religion etc
  • Be global in your outlook, if you have to quote something – quote about global leaders/ examples rather than about your regional leader/local examples which your interviewer may not relate to.
  • Check your interviewer’s profile on linkedin to understand about his industry, job function
  • Check my post on Sloan Resources for all the available resources to understand more about LBS Sloan Master in Leadership and Strategy Programme.

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Post #18: How tweeting can help you write good essays for b-school applications?

After writing a post on how I leveraged linkedin during the application process, I want to provide some thoughts on how twitter can help you write a good essay as part of the application process. Yes, in this era of social networking, we should utilize every opportunity to learn from whatever we do. Even though I myself was not an active tweeter until a few days ago, I thought this will be of some help for prospective b-school applicants based on my experience with twitter recently.

What does an essay ask for?

If you research any b-school essay question – the standard expectation of an admissions committee is: ‘We want to see you through your essays, please personalize them with enough examples’.

An essay is about expressing yourselves, your actions and their impact in less than 500 words for a given topic (objectives, team work, decision making, and leadership). One of the major issues encountered by most applicants initially while writing essays is to be able to stick to the word limit.

So, how can twitter help?

I started my research on how to tweet by following some accomplished people who tweet on a regular basis. I figured out that most people tweet about what is happening in their lives. To begin tweeting, I decided to follow the below approach:

  1. Summarize what has happened in the whole day in a tweet
  2. Summarize any interesting article that I read or event I have witnessed into a tweet
  3. Summarize the happenings of entire week into a tweet
  4. Re-tweet another interest tweet

My take is, if you can get into the habit of summarizing what happened in a day, or over a week into a tweet which is within 140 characters,  you should be able to do the following comfortably:

  • summarize your experience of over 12 years into a 1 page business resume (see my post on how to write a 1 page business resume)
  • Answer the essays questions on topics like objectives , team work, decision making etc in less than 500 words

I advise the prospective students to give it a shot and see the impact. Please note that you may want to practice this for at-least couple of months or so to see some result.

Consider twitter as a scribbling pad. Do not worry too much about who thinks what about your post when you begin the game as long as you follow the basic ethics of using social media. Please share your feedback/outcome on how it went once you try this. Good luck!

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Post #17: Global Leadership Summit at London Business School – An overview

You might not have noticed this topic in my ‘Upcoming Posts‘. However I wanted to bring readers closer to one of the major events hosted by London Business School every year. Global leadership summit (GLS) 2013 was hosted at London Business School on 20thMay with leaders from corporate world, public sector, politics and policy making from across the globe.  This event was attended by over 600 senior executives who are in key decision making roles in various organizations. The event was also streamed live through webcast. Those interested can view the full archive here.

The theme for this year was ‘The future of leadership’. Given the difficult economic times, I think there is a growing need for leaders who can help revive the economy in a structured manner. In my view, the panels explored a range of topics which are quite appropriate for next generation leaders to introspect themselves to make the world a better place.

There were several panels that led focused discussions on the following:

  1. Future of financial leadership
  2. Future of emerging markets (BRIC)
  3. Leadership  Values that matter – vision, ethics, motivation, courage etc
  4. Sustainable  business leadership  – Adaptability,  Transparency, Impact etc
  5. Business Model Innovation
  6. Sustainable economy – Role of capital markets
  7. Role of business leaders in driving positive social, economic and environmental changes (reducing carbon foot print, accounting for sustainability, reducing global poverty etc)
  8. Iceland’s recovery – Iceland’s economic reforms and sustained growth for over 3 years in a row. (  Iceland’s president talks about the nation’s recovery from a huge debt)

Sample list of speakers at the event:

  1. Richard Quest, International Business Correspondent, CNN International (summit chair)
  2. Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman, Zurich Insurance Group; Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Former CEO of Deutsche Bank
  3. Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
  4. David Sproul, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte UK
  5. President Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland
  6. Lord Ian Blair of Boughton, Former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, author of ‘Policing Controversy’
  7. Sir Michael Rake , Chairman, CBI and BT Group PLC
  8. Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Which?
  9. James Quincey, President, Europe Group, The Coca-Cola Company
  10. Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School and several other professors from LBS

Below are some of my favorite quotes from the GLS. You can see the complete coverage of GLS 2013 on twitter  too.

  1. At LBS we accept our responsibility for educating the leaders of the future – Prof Andrew Likierman, dean of LBS, at closing remarks.

*I would like to recollect the views I mentioned in Post #11: Role of Alumni in Sloan Masters Admissions at London Business School which are in line with dean’s messaging about LBS’s confidence, pride and responsibility in educating the leaders of the future

2. Leadership is a body contact sport. You have to be there: David Craig, President, Financial and Risk, Thomson Reuters

3. Every leader needs to have a narrative, a compelling story on who you are and where you are going – Prof. Nigel Nicholson

4. Our parents didn’t have the phrase: Work/Life Balance. This is new because we are working too long hours now – Lord Ian Blair

5. Integrity, Vision and Competence are the 3 main characteristics a great leader should have – Lord Ian Blair

*‘Leadership values’ was an essay question for class of 2013. The top three values according to me were Integrity, Vision and Innovation.  Good to see a coincidence with two of the values I listed out.

About the role of Youth:

  1. 50 % of the world’s population is now under 25. The solutions must come from them – Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
  2. You would be surprised how many companies are getting younger voices into the board room through social media etc – Heather Hancock, Managing Partner; Talent and Brand, Deloitte UK

*Coming from a nation with the highest youth population in the world, I am sure youth will play a much larger role in creating solutions and enterprises of the future to solve social, environmental and economic problems.  Let us all hope that we will emerge stronger with a sustained leadership making the world a better place.

I would like to thank all the readers who have provided feedback. This blog is now followed by readers across 43 countries with an average of 150 hits per day.

My next post will be on ‘How tweeting can help you write good essays for b-school application’.

I am also planning to add a ‘Reading List’ page soon to this portal to provide an insight into what I am reading as I am preparing for the classes next year.

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Post #16: How to write a 1 page business resume?

It is always challenging to fit all your experience into a single page and gets more difficult as your experience increases.  So what should a business resume for a b-school application comprise of?

  1. Header
  • Mention your name, email address and mobile number.

      *Avoid postal address as it is already part of the application form you fill in

2. Education

  • Mention your qualifications at graduation and under-graduation level only
  • Specify the school name, year of passing and CGPA

       *Avoid other details like high school, school address etc

3. Overall Experience Summary/Headline

  • Write in a couple of sentences summarizing your professional career

4. Major accomplishments

  • Summarize major accomplishments of your career in 3 to 4 bullet points

5. Professional Experience: Make sure you cover the following details for each employer in reverse chronological order (most recent) first

  • Employer Name: eg: Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., India
  • Brief tagline of what the employer’s main business is: eg: Largest Software Company of Asia, USD10 Billion Company.

* The reason is not all admissions officers who read your application may know about your company.

  • Duration of Employment : eg: Oct 2010 to till date
  • Your Title /Role: Please specify your title/role.  eg: Principal Consultant/Program Manager

*Specify Role only when you are performing a role that is different from your job title

  • Responsibilities: Make sure you cover your own responsibilities in 3 to 4 bullet points highlighting the following:

a) One to two line summary of what is the assignment and what you did (can cover team size, client name as well here). Eg: led a multi-cultural team of 10 consultants to define the mobile services product strategy for a leading telecom service provider in India

b) What is the outcome: eg: Successfully rolled out services from concept to market in just 4 months. Solution won several awards in industry forums. Include any recognitions/awards you received.

6. Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Mention your interests outside of your professional work in a single line. Eg: Hobbies, Sports, Social work etc

While it is relatively easy to write down section 1 to 4, most people find it difficult to write their professional experience as they would have worked on several assignments in their career and cannot fit everything in 1 page.

So here are some tips on how to write the professional summary section:

  1. Give more weightage to your most recent experiences say last 5 years as you would have spent this time in leadership roles
  2. Choose experiences that demonstrate diversity as follows:
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Global exposure
  • Decision making
  • Industry sectors (eg: telecom, IT, financial services, Retail, Pharma)
  • Job functions (eg: Consulting, General Management, sales/marketing etc)

*Check the class profile on how the school reports Industry sectors and job functions. Use similar language so that it is easy for admissions officers to relate to.

3. Merge related experiences into one experience

  • For example you might have worked with 5 telecom service providers but did the same work – say helping them to roll out 4G services in a consulting role. Instead of having 5 project experiences in your CV , just merge all of them into one and say that ‘As a consultant I played a key role in defining product strategy for 5 major service providers (you can write names here) across the globe

4. Be quantitative, use numbers all across CV to be more specific. See example below.

  • Managed a CAPEX of  USD 10m
  • As a result of my xyz(mention them) actions, I brought savings of USD 2m in OPEX
  • Managed a team size of 40 with 5 direct reports

5. Do not use any jargons from your own industry on your resume. Remember your audience is the admissions committee and not a recruitment agency or a potential employer from your industry. Please use simple English only.

6. Ensure that your resume and the instances you quoted in your essays are in sync

7. Make sure you leave the standard margins.

It is equally important to get your resume reviewed like you do for your essays. Please check my ‘tips for essays’ section for details on this.

I think I provided some quality insights to write a 1 page business resume. Please feel free to provide comments/feedback so that I can update my blog to help prospective students.

Remember to follow me on twitter at @narendhars to receive live updates on my posts on a regular basis.

Good luck writing your 1 page resume.

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Post #15: When is it a good time to submit LBS Sloan application?

Applications for Sloan class of 2014 are open as early as Feb 2013 this year. Applications are accepted in five rounds from Feb till mid-October. Please check the ‘Important Dates’ section of the Sloan Programme official website for exact details.

The question now is – In which round should I submit the application?

Please refer to the ‘Application Process’ section in the FAQs page of program website for details on this.

My take is to apply as early as possible for the following reasons:

  • Diversity: LBS takes pride in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds both for Sloan as well as MBA programs. As the Sloan class size is typically around 50, admissions team tries to ensure that no two Sloan students have a similar profile. So the earlier you apply the better your chances are to get into the class.
  • Class Preparation: You can prepare well for the classes in advance to make the best use of your time at LBS. Please wait for my post on ‘How I am preparing for classes next year’
  • Financial Planning: You will have enough time to plan your finances
  • Applying Visa: You will get enough time to apply for visa.
  • Winding up in current job: You will have enough time to provide notice to your employer and have a smooth transition
  • Relocation: You will also get time to plan for your relocation, arrange accommodation, interact with current students etc.

While it is always good to apply early, please DO NOT apply if your application is not complete to your satisfaction. It’s OK to wait and submit a better quality application rather than an incomplete/inferior one.

As the school operates on a rolling admission process, even if you apply late you are likely to get admission on a wait list if the class is full. Also note that there will be a few candidates who may wish to defer their admission, thereby confirming your seat in the current class.

In my opinion, applicants must sincerely view the application process as an opportunity for self-reflection and define what they want to do for rest of this life.  Believe me, the whole application process is itself a great learning experience if you do it sincerely.

Good luck to all prospective applicants.

Please note that the ‘Post #3 LBS Sloan Resources’  is updated with the link to recent article on Prof. Charles Handy (the one who started the Sloan Program at LBS 40 years ago). 

You can follow me on twitter @narendhars to receive regular updates on my blog.

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Post #14: Role of GMAT in Sloan Application

When you read the FAQs of any B-school, almost every school states that GMAT is only one of the criteria considered in evaluating an application.

GMAT has definitely more weightage in a two year MBA application as it is for applicants with an average of 5 years experience which is evident from the average GMAT score.

Coming to a 1 year program like Sloan Masters which is targeted at senior managers with more than 12 years of experience, the candidate is judged on a range of criteria  like:

  1. Clarity of Objectives and your ability to demonstrate the fitment to the program/school
  2. Ability to work in Teams
  3. Leadership experience
  4. Global Exposure
  5. Experience in decision making roles
  6. Your quality and diversity of experience
  7. What you bring/contribute to the class
  8. Your knowledge of the program/school
  9. GMAT Score

As you might be aware, all of the above are demonstrated through your essays and resume except for GMAT score. So it is important to spend quality time on your essays.

Coming to the role of GMAT in a program like Sloan, the key purpose is to ensure that you are able to handle your course work which is quite intense during the 1 year at LBS. The candidates who are already in senior roles taking time to prepare for GMAT and successfully clearing the test demonstrates the commitment to pursue higher education.

Please see what Balbir Guru , Admissions & Recruitment manager at LBS had to say about the role of GMAT and what is expected in general out of a Sloan candidate in one of her interviews at accepted.com.

So what should be your target score for GMAT?

As mentioned in the FAQs section of the official program website, the average GMAT score for this program is 650 and the minimum score is 600.

While it is always better to score the highest score possible,   it is essential that you score something close to the average score of 650.

Remember that you can always compensate for a slightly lower GMAT score than the average by doing other parts of your application better and also if you have an exceptional profile.

I have updated my ‘tips for essays’ post with a new tip #10 and also a new note in the reviews sections about leveraging online tools for remote reviews.

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Post #13: My Blog Stats: 5 days, 12 posts – 1000+ views across 27 countries – Unbelievable isn’t it! Here is how it happened?

My blogging experience till date has been very pleasant and seamless – Thanks to wordpress.com for providing a wonderful blogging tool with the best user experience (I did try another tool- did not find it user friendly) at free of cost. On top of that wordpress.com also provides excellent statistics on the following:

  • No of visitors per day
  • No of views per day
  • Views by country
  • Referral sites (eg: google, linkedin, facebook, twitter etc)
  • Views by category, tags

It is always encouraging for a blogger to know who are reading the blog and also receive feedback. Thanks again to wordpress for their excellent big data reporting tools.

I am attaching couple of screenshots for your reference.

Blog Stats 17 May

Blog Stats with countries - 18 May

Initial Objective/Target Audience When I started this blog:

When I started the blog, my primary objective was to help prospective students with all information I have gathered during my application submission process and also share details on how I how approached the application submission in general.

So my target audience was clearly defined as – Prospective students who already know about Sloan Masters at LBS and are looking for more details.

So where do these prospective students begin their search.

  1. They will search on google and bing.

Here is what I did:

  • WordPress.com provides you the option of publishing your web page to all search engines. While I configured that, my blog was not visible even after two days in any of the search engines.
  • So I had to manually login to google webmaster and bing  webmaster, do some configurations to make my blog visible on the search engines. The idea is to make the blog reach to prospective student applying for class of 2014 as soon as possible and hence I explored this manual option

2.  They will search on B-school related forums.  So I posted on my blog on the following    major forums.

3. They will contact the program office: So I informed program office about my blog.

4. They will get in touch with current students:So Informed the current students whom I knew. I also informed my fellow class mates who were already admitted to class of 2014.

5.  They will approach alumni: Informed alumni whom I knew.

6.  They  follow discussions on London business school official linkedin group: So I Initiated a thread informing about my blog on the official linkedin site.

Expansion of my Blog’s reach:

In addition to the above, I ensured that my posts are fed in my own social networks at linkedin, facebook and twitter.

As my friends/colleagues started reading my blog, many of them told me that they knew London Business School as a top school but are hearing about this particular program ‘Sloan’ for the first time. They started asking me for more details.

So, I thought it would be a good idea to spread awareness about the program in general as well.  I reached out to friends who work in various organizations and asked them to post about my blog in their internal social networking portals/Classifieds Portals/Bulletin Boards.

As of today my blog is posted in the following major organizations in India:

  • Infosys
  • Wipro
  • TCS
  • Cognizant
  • HCL
  • Qualcomm
  • Oracle
  • IBM

In addition to the above, I have posted about the blog in the google groups of couple of residential townships where I lived and which contain more than 2500 families.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who helped me in spreading the word.

One of the interview questions (wait for my future post for more details on how to prepare for interview) I was prepared for was:

What will you contribute to Sloan community and London Business School?

Though I was not asked this question explicitly in the interview, my answer was:

  1. To write a blog and spread awareness of a powerful program like Sloan across the world
  2. To share my knowledge of the rapidly changing communications Industry and working in large multi-cultural teams across the globe with the class
  3. To attend information sessions and share the impact of the program with prospective students post completion of the program
  4. To help the school with interviews after finishing the course

As I look back, I am glad that I am already fulfilling my promise #1 . I look forward to fulfilling the other three during and after the course.

I would like to note that I deliberately did not use a URL like ‘sloanmasterinleadershipandstrategy@wordpress.com’ (might have fetched more hits in the search tool) as I wanted my blog to be personalized and always intended the readers to refer to the Sloan Programme official website as the primary source of information.

I also thank all the readers who have been following my blog, providing feedback and encouragement. I will be addressing your feedback in the upcoming posts.  Make sure you follow me on twitter @narendhars to receive my posts on regular basis.

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