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    to 75 000 increasing to 80 000 for next year s class Living expenses are estimated at 30 000 on the year Switzerland isn t cheap either and then of course is the fact that most of us aren t earning any income in the meantime After discussions with students discussions with financial aid office personnel and some research on the Web http www businessweek com bschools rankings full time mba profiles imd html and http www imd ch mba finance I am finally prepared to respond First we have 10 students who are sponsored by their previous employers This means their tuition fees and in many cases expenses are paid for Many of them are still participating in the career services activities and it will be interesting to see if they return to their sponsoring companies For the rest of us the first oppotunity for financing is through scholarships IMD offers many although American males aren t eligible for most of them plus there are myriad others available from third parties Another 20 of our class is on scholarship I applied for IMD s Global Future Leaders scholarship the only one for which I was eligible thinking that it would be a great fit After all my entire purpose in going to IMD was to learn to be a better global leader When I failed to win it I was at first crestfallen Was I not the future global leader I thought I was but I gradually dealt with it I was coming to IMD to learn and this validated that I still had plenty to learn in exactly my area of interest Furthermore it reinforced a lesson I thought I had learned before that I can t just slap something together and expect it to reflect my capabilities passion or even message I wrote my application essay on the flight back from my interview exhausted and uninspired but up against an immediate deadline It was lackluster and it received the appraisal it deserved It wouldn t be the last time I had to cope with performance disappointment at IMD but I am learning slowly but surely that it is OK to fail some of the best learning comes from failure IMD allows us to fail and in fact ensures that it will happen in a relatively consequence free environment This way we are not only more prepared to succeed in the real world we are also more prepared to turn our future failures into constructive learning With sponsorship and scholarships out of the way the final two methods of financing are through debt and savings Due to the very high average work experience 7 years and highish average salary of entrants 75 000 many students have adequate savings to self finance Due to the tax advantages of taking out student loans however some of us choose to take out debt anyway I did Average salaries upon graduation are in excess of 130 000 plus signing bonus so I would strongly discourage anyone from letting price be a barrier to application Even considering foregone salary it doesn t take long for the IMD MBA to pay for itself in absolute monetary terms However I would also discourage anyone from applying just to increase his her earning potential The real value of the IMD MBA is enhanced self awareness teamwork leadership performance under pressure and cultural understanding While these happen to be highly valued in the market place they can have a tremendous impact in your nonprofessional life as well So don t come to IMD to earn more money come to improve yourself and augment your ability to make the world a better place That is more than worth the price Olga I hope this answered your question Please let me know if you have any more questions and thanks for reading Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 03 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels failure financial aid imd 2008 04 16 Good and Bad Good The weather here has been beautiful the past couple of days Yesterday after class I went for a run along the lake Instead of running a specific distance for speed sometimes I run a specific duration and try to cover the most ground possible while keeping my heart rate below a certain threshold Yesterday was one of those days so as I jogged along I suddently found myself in another commune I was covering more ground than I was accustomed to at that heart rate By the time my 45 minutes was up I had crossed a significant barrier 5 miles the greatest distance I have ever run in one stretch That probably seems insignificant to most of you but it s kind of a big deal for me Bad 1987 features the introduction of Kenny G to the American popular music scene And Bruce Willis I m assuming Respect Yourself 89 of 1987 had something to do with Moonlighting Where Kenny G is Michael Bolton can t be too far behind I see dark days ahead Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 29 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1987 Lausanne music running Career Services A major part of this program is career services We spend significant time not just focusing on the how aspect of finding our next career but more importantly the who what where why What fields really motivate us and which of our skills are most valuable How can we merge those and other factors such as culture to identify the ideal industries companies geographies and roles for ourselves Then how can we identify or create opportunities that meet those criteria and secure them This has all been incredibly interesting so far and I will keep you updated as I progress along my own path However in the meantime let me share with you the results of another career services function marketing the MBAs They have recently published the Class of 2008 Profile Sheet This is seen by executives and recruiters at all of IMDs client companies so I ll hope it finds itself in the right hands For example if someone out there is hiring for the CEO position of the first NFL franchise on Mars I ll be expecting your call Posted by Bryan Hassin at 10 22 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels career services imd IPD and IPE We have begun two new classes this Mod that start with IP The first Innovation and Product Design which I first covered in March is taught by American professor David Robertson David comes from the software world so I m naturally very interested in his class His most compelling feature though is his utter lack of tolerance for superficial comments in class When someone raises his hand to speak and then says something which David doesn t think goes deep enough his comment is usually met with a condescending AND or a probing OK sounds good but HOW It was a bit shocking at first but I think it has had the intended effect of fostering real analysis instead of consultant speak The most interesting takeaway from IPD so far is its focus on all the other types of innovation in a company besides just innovation in the product itself Innovation at the supply chain or business model levels for example tends to provide much more value than product innovation As someone who is not necessarily all that creative himself I also really like our study of how to foster innovation with corporate structure process and culture The study groups are now pitted against each other in a competition to create the most innovative bag for IMD students It sounds pretty simple but it seems that 90 students from 44 countries and diverse educational professional backgrounds are capable of coming up with some wildly different ideas I can t wait to see the final results International Political Economy taught by French professor Jean Pierre Lehmann is all about the world s ever changing geo politics and their social and commercial effects To quote a paper written by our professor whose initials are JPL awesome As business goes global and learns the tremendous advantages of diversity secularism and tolerance business leaders must establish their credentials as global citizens and work hard to diffuse the racial ethnic religious and other tensions that arise To that end business schools must also draw on philosophy history anthropology and literature to ensure that the education of the business leader has the kind of mental moral intellectual cultural and emotional tools and compass necessary for being able to constructively address the great challenges humanity will face in the 21st century For someone who came to IMD hoping to learn to be a more global leader this sounds very relevant Moreover learning and discussing in such an international environment will add significantly to the class s value In our one class so far the US was held out in several cases as having selfish unproductive at a global level policies It was an interesting experience psychoanalytically I found my sense of nationalism compelling me to jump up and defend the US even when discussing policies I didn t personally support Much of our leadership training has involved self analysis and recognition of our subconscious emotional responses It was helpful in this case in my quelling my urge to argue After all I m not here to incite brash debates I am here to learn how actions may invoke responses from different countries companies or cultures and today I learned a lot about that It seems that a large organization like a company country or even continent sometimes exhibits a sort of collective conscious This conscious has a personality and behaves in many ways like an individual human Sending it a message may evoke an unanticipated response in the same way that miscommunication occurs between two humans Conversely I think there are macroscopic lessons that can be applied to the individual The US has been a leader in the global economy and just as it had to sit there and accept evaluate criticism in class today so must a CEO accept evaluate criticism from his organization s employees shareholders clients the media etc It is important to be able to keep a cool head and receive potentially very valuable feedback again our leadership stream has been very beneficial in developing this quality And speaking of which today I received some very diplomatic criticism about my LinkedIn profile tagline from someone whose opinion I respect We ve been encouraged to market market market ourselves by career services but how much is too much Might a more understated approach be more effective As with most things at this school and in the real world there is no right answer I must make the best decision given my knowledge of the context goals resources instinct and especially in this case who I really am We have a full day of IPE tomorrow so I look forward to more humility and new insights Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 03 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels David Robertson imd IPD IPE Jean Pierre Lehmann Living the Startup Dream A major component of our IMD entrepreneurship education is the Startup Project 18 startup companies have come to IMD asking for help Help means anything from business strategy to market research to marketing to manufacturing and production optimization to HR to any other aspect of business Frequently they need help with several of these issues in order to secure loans raise money or even just get unstuck In January students selected from the 18 client opportunities and began work immediately We are expected to deliver demonstrable value not just a high level hand waving consultant report We are expected to provide recommendations and then help implement them essentially to work IN the startup My startup group myself and four others Turkish Russian South Korean and French is working on a company called DeskNet which produces Sobees They came to us without any investors strategy business model clients completed product or many of the other things you would expect in a successful startup Ah yes living the startup dream P But hey they have a cool idea and we know we can help them commercialize it We re really into the thick of it now so I will keep you all posted about our progress over the next few weeks I may even ask for some feedback on our ideas and options as we move forward Posted by Bryan Hassin at 02 00 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Sobees startup 2008 04 15 Jurassic IMD Yesterday our afternoon class was interrupted by numerous loud booms that sounded and felt progressively closer and closer Theories about the source of such tremors ranged from the boring construction of the building next door to the outlandish fiesty Evian launching an offensive from the other side of Lake Geneva As I sat watching the shock waves in my cup of water I was positive that the booms were attributable to a Tyrannosaurus Rex that had escaped her pen Good times Fortunately we had a really cool case about Palm US Robotics 3COM and Handspring during Entrepreneurship so there was no time to fret It was fun analyzing the entrepreneurial opportunities in the handheld software industry during the com boom because my first startup was a handheld sofware company during the com boom What amazing times those were and were only in Austin I can only imagine the electricity in Silicon Valley John Doerr s name came up again during that class and today s strategy discussion about Apple has included some talk of Intel and AMD AMD s CEO Dr Hector Ruiz is another Rice alum go Rice And speaking of Rice I wore a War Owls shirt to Saturday s ping pong tournament pictures but it didn t seem to help much I won a few games but was out before the semis This forced me to break out the football and toss it around in the gorgeous weather Rough life Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 49 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels entrepreneurship Hector Ruiz imd John Doerr ping pong 2008 04 14 1987 The mid 80s have been pretty disappointing It s basically Madonna s Immaculate Collection with occasional flashes of brilliance in the form of 80s classics and nostalgic movie themes I m in 1987 now and I was delighted to discover the following The 18 song of 1987 was I Think We re Alone Now by Tiffany The 19 song of 1987 was Mony Mony by Billy Idol These are both covers of originals by Tommy James and the Shondells one of my favorite underrated 60s bands I Think We re Alone Now was the 12 song of 1967 while Mony Mony came in at 13 in 1968 It was fun to find these consecutive covers by different artists two decades later Tommy James you rock When I was about 6 years old there was a local TV personality who belonged to my church He made a series of three music videos starring members of our church to run on the local news The first was It s Judy s Turn to Cry Lesley Gore 1963 starring me and my daycare classmates The second was Draggin the Line Tommy James 1971 And the last was Too Late for Goodbyes Julian Lennon 1985 which I just rediscovered as I made my way through 1985 There it was kind of a stretch but I tried to bring it all together with that random memory Posted by Bryan Hassin at 16 16 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1987 music Tommy James 2008 04 09 Burning Platforms of Change Today was our second Strategy class with Canadian professor James Henderson He s a bit goofy using accents and emphatic gestures in class but he is already impressing me with how little I apparently know about strategy which is ostensibly one of my strong suits Jim led the case discussion of my IMD application interview Part of everyone s application is a case preparation and discussion with other interviewees moderated by an IMD professor and the insights to which he led us constituted a major reason I decided to come to IMD I found myself thinking and approaching problems in new ways I realized that I had quite a bit to learn and as much as I learned during my IMD interview day I knew this was the place for me to learn it Today s case discussion was built around the French wine industry and what strategy it should take as an entire industry to fend off competition from the New World especially Australia Sometimes doing homework is a real pleasure I ve been preparing this case for at least 10 years Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 33 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd James Henderson strategy wine 2008 04 08 Rice at IMD Yesterday s classes featured two prominent Rice alumni In Entrepreneurship we covered John Doerr class of 73 and 74 one of the world s most influential venture capitalists Later in an etiquette class we saw pictures of Jim Turley class of 77 and 78 the Global Chairman and CEO of Ernst Young who apparently knows how to dress appropriately for business events Incidentally both of these accomplished gentlemen were at Lovett RRF As a Lovetteer myself 01 and 02 I hope one

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  • The Green Knight: 2008/03 - 2008/04
    Ronstadt Dan Fogelberg Neil Diamond and Lionel Richie for hours at a time until we reached our destination As you can tell Mom was a fan of the soft rock However our musical selection was dependent on our destination Whenever we were headed to the beach it was Jimmy Buffett all the way I ve made it through 1982 so far and following are the early 80s highlights and lowlights for me in roughly chronological order The emergence of Air Supply The emergence of Blondie Way too much Olivia Newton John Michael Jackson goes solo and is on the cusp of truly breaking out Kenny Loggins s solo career finally achieves success Kenny Rogers hits his stride The emergence of Billy Joel The Rolling Stones just keep on rolling Lionel Richie goes solo Sheena Easton briefly captivates the nation So does Christopher Cross So does Toto So does the Alan Parsons Project So does Men At Work All of the Beatles continue to produce solo hits until John Lennon s assassination Eric Clapton kicks his heroine habit and ramps up his productivity Barry Manilow just won t go away Neither will ELO The emergence of Pat Benetar The emergence of The Cars The emergence of Journey The emergence of the Police not a big fan Lots of movie theme hits e g Eye of the Tiger 9 to 5 For Your Eyes Only Actually if there is one early 80s emerging band that is more nostalgically important to me than Air Supply it is Huey Lewis The News The first tape of popular music I ever bought was their 1986 album Fore In 1982 they had just entered the scene with Do You Believe in Love and to a lesser extent Workin for a Livin and were poised to dominate with their subsequent Sports and Fore albums It s warming up a little outisde and the snow is turning to rain I m off to wade through it toward the gym before what will surely be a wonderful weekend in Lugano Posted by Bryan Hassin at 04 25 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1980 1981 1982 Air Supply Huey Lewis and The News music The Rite of Spring As I mentioned last weekend spring is in the air here in Lausanne Or at least it was Today the first full day of spring is cold and foggy with wet snow and high winds That s no problem for me though as I m planning to spend most of the day indoors anyway We have today and Saturday off from classes so I am working right now on my group s LPO paper on Authenticity in Leadership It is very in vogue to talk about authenticity as a given must have in Western leadership right now However some of my international colleagues have mixed feelings about it In China for example where leaders have a more stoic style authenticity could be seen as a weakness This makes for a very interesting topic that we are analyzing from from three different perspectives research in the popular press our own LPO coursework and our multicultural group members experiences There may be no hard and fast leadership rules e g A leader is this or A leader does that which is exactly why I came to IMD My leadership experience has been in leading small Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 04 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Lausanne leadership LPO 2008 03 18 Peanut Butter Hold the presses Stop what you re doing right now and pay very close attention as I have a very urgent message for each and every one of you I have just been informed that March is National Peanut Butter Month I love peanut butter but have yet to find any of the real stuff here in Switzerland So please especially those of you fortunate enough to have access to a steady supply take a moment to pause and give thanks for the many wonders and joys the peanut brings to our lives every day That is all Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 53 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels peanut peanut butter 2008 03 16 Missed Opportunities In Friday s POM class Corey focused on knowledge brokering how to find solutions to problems instead of solving them As part of the lecture he walked us through his own knowledge brokering experience at HP which led to the invention of several products One of these products was the HP Universal Notebook Expansion Base which I happen to have in my apartment and on which I am typing right now As many of my readers know I have a very personal attachment to my computer hardware so you can imagine my excitement when I realized that Corey held the patent to one of my favorite computer accessories I did not contain my excitement well in class and was made fun of by my American and Danish colleagues for being a brown noser but then I suppose I can t really argue with that If I am a brown noser though I am not a very good one as I missed a serious opportunity that day Our morning marketing case was about the International Children s Heart Foundation Its founder Dr Novick flew all the way in from Memphis TN to speak with us about his life s work and his difficulties in branding promoting it The class responded by providing him with insightful marketing ideas and a check for 1 500 The way the is going On Friday it slipped below the Swiss Franc for the first time though he d better spend it fast Our afternoon POM case was about NASCAR s efforts to cut pit stop times in half by using knowledge brokering Suggestions made by last year s class are already being employed and this year we came up with several ideas that had not been tried before too Perhaps IMD should change its MBA slogan from 90 Exceptional People Who Will Shape the Future of Business to 90 Exceptional People from 44 Countries Who Will Shape the Future of Entertainment for Millions of Americans Who Still Wear Jeans Shorts It wasn t until Saturday that I realized what an opportunity I had missed Our classes were about a doctor from Memphis and a NASCAR pit crew I have with me here in Lausanne a Red Hot Blue t shirt that says MEMPHIS on the front and PIT CREW on the back Never again will I have the opportunity to wear that shirt and have it be so incredibly appropriate I missed my chance I lose at life Oh well speaking of pit crews Saturday was Beer Bike at Rice the first Beer Bike I ve missed in a decade Lovett s theme this year 300 Proof would have been particularly fun to celebrate but I was there in my traditional role of pit crew captain in spirit EOL RRF On an unrelated note the Class of 2009 began interviewing this week There was a group on Tuesday and another on Friday IMD is not like some schools where the hard part is getting in and then it s smooth sailing afterward However getting in is so rigorous a process that you at least have an accurate idea of what you ll be getting yourself into if accepted Good luck to all of you applicants out there and don t hesitate to send me any questions you have about the IMD experience Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 10 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Beer Bike Corey Billington ICHF imd marketing NASCAR POM Red Hot and Blue Rice Oh What a Day Yesterday was one of those days that made all of us glad we chose a program in Lausanne It was around 60 degrees F sunny and absolutely beautiful The flowers were blooming the birds were chirping and it truly felt like spring I went for a run along the lake but had to keep stopping to take pictures one of which I added in my FaceBook album I wasn t the only one with that idea and it was great to see everyone else out running walking roller blading sitting picnicing and otherwise enjoying the weather I ve thought before that if there were one thing Lausanne could do to endear itself to me more it would be to seem more Tolkienesque Yesterday it checked that off its list As the hot sun bore down directly on the cold water of the lake mist rose from the surface creating a transluscent shimmer between me and the mountains on the other side It made me want to do the Misty Mountain Hop so I listened to Led Zeppelin IV during my run not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon Today it is raining and I ve been inside working all day which gives me plenty of time to ponder my birthday next week I can t believe I ll be 29 another year closer to the big 3 0 So far every year of my life has been better than the previous so I have high expecations for this one Interestingly this is the first time in my life that my birthday has fallen on Easter Sunday The last time it happened was 1913 a little before my time and not withstanding some miracle of medicine it won t happen again in my lifetime I suppose I ll have to savor it Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 33 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels birthday J R R Tolkien Lausanne Led Zeppelin 2008 03 12 Another One Bites the Dust Not only was it the 65 song of 1981 but Queen s Another One Bites the Dust is appropriate for today as well No not because of its driving bass line or its well timed injections of Brian May Red Special guitar riffs rather because today we sadly bade adieu to our Leading People in Organizations course Technically we still have a group paper to write and a final exam to take so it isn t over per se but gone are the case studies of extreme management methodologies engaging lectures and musical tie ins to course themes When I decided to come to IMD LPO was essentially what I had in mind academically speaking My leadership development prior to 2008 had been exclusively learning by doing and I certainly learned a lot leading football American teams university organizations volunteer groups and software companies However I was just doing what seemed to work and who was to say that that was optimal Could it scale to larger organizations Could it transfer to other industries Would it work with multinational teams I thought it was probably naive to think that there were universal best practices in management but I at least wanted to study what others had done in a variety of contexts to augment my arsenal of leadership tools for the future That is exactly what I found in LPO systematic analysis of people centric managment challenges in contexts as varied as European orchestras New York investment banks and Chinese manufacturers Maury our professor or perhaps maestro is a more appropriate term brought much more to our lectures than just case studies and discussion leading he also brought culture and class This was driven home as he concluded our final session by reading us a poem The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes This left us in a pensive reflective mood which we combatted by surprising him with a gag parting gift a toy keyboard Although it is probably useless to him hopefully he will at least take the meaning that we all thoroughly enjoyed his performance and many of us are hoping for an encore during electives Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 06 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1981 imd leadership LPO Maury Peiperl Oliver Wendell Holmes Queen 2008 03 10 Finance meets Motown Canadian professor Jim Ellert is our other Finance professor Apparently he has a penchant for Motown music We re on break right now between sessions on dividend policy and he is showing us old videos from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to pick up our energy levels Awesome Posted by Bryan Hassin at 10 01 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Apollo Theater Finance imd Jim Ellert Motown 2008 03 09 Thank goodness for the 80s The mid 70s were a low point for American popular music This period marked the exit of folk and rock and roll while disco and harder rock had yet to hit their respective strides In the vacuum between there was a bunch of generic sounding R B and soft rock bleh Seriously if I hear any more Barry Manilow I may strangle someone And Paul McCartney your knighthood should be stripped for besmirching your reputation as you did with Wings The Eagles anyone who has seen The Big Lebowski knows how I feel about them Don t get me wrong there was definitely some great music being made it just wasn t all that popular according to Billboard at least This is perplexing because it s not as if America s taste took a sabbatical Look at the Academy Award s for Best Picture during that period The Godfather The Sting The Godfather II One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Rocky Annie Hall should have been Star Wars of course but Annie Hall was still a great choice not exactly a shabby line up Oh well at least this period saw the rise of Queen Around 1978 things started picking back up Disco really found itself and began churning out the iconic songs we still associate with it today New rock bands began popping out of the woodwork And hey Grease you can t beat that 1979 continued the momentum and the stage was set for the fabulous music of the 80s What could explain this resurgence of musical quality Let s see was there anything important that happened around this timeframe Hmm Oh hey that s right I was born I m not drawing any conclusions just throwing it out there Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 30 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1978 1979 1970s music Hassin 2 Virus 0 For the second time this year I felt the beginning of a cold coming on Unfortunately this time it was on Tuesday just before our Integrated Exercise was to begin on Thursday Given that the coming days would be intense and sleepless I knew I needed to beat this thing or the IE would go badly for me and my group Tuesday and Wednesday nights I made sure to sleep at least seven hours I also drank plenty of fluids and stocked up on immunosupportive foods As it did earlier this year my immune system came through Although I did become a little stuffy one day I didn t experience any major symptoms and my performance was never impaired Strong like bull The IE was something So as not to spoil any of the surprises for next year s class I won t go into much detail but the basic premise was that on Thursday each group was given a challenging business problem to solve in 48 hours We had to address accounting finance marketing operations and other areas in our solutions Each group presented its solution on Saturday to a random pair of critical faculty members It was intense Channeling seven exhausted people from different countries and with different professional backgrounds to solve such a broad problem in such a short amount of time was a real challenge Tensions were high in our group but I was pleased with the quality of our deliverable The faculty found several holes in our ideas I would have been disappointed if they hadn t which will help drive our approach to solving such problems in the future After presenting and defending our plan I surprised our group with a bottle of champagne I had squirreled away for this express purpose We popped it open Who says 10 AM is too early for champagne and spent several hours debriefing our performance process and group dynamics The discussion was heated at times but I think we all learned from it These learnings can t be captured in a textbook and are one of the key reasons I came to IMD where such discussions are not only encouraged but required in many cases Saturday night I went out for dinner and drinks with my fellow students and we did an admirable job of keeping school discussion off the table It was nice just to kick back and connect with each other on a personal level The drinks didn t hurt either I updated my FaceBook album with some pics from the IE as well as a ping pong tournament ad featuring yours truly Now it s time to do some real work my taxes Posted by Bryan Hassin at 10 56 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels champagne cold imd integrative exercise ping pong 2008 03 05 It s Snowing As it has been so sunny and warm the past few weeks you can imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to SNOW As is my usual routine I opened my curtains to see how the mountains looked as the sun began peeking

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  • The Green Knight: 2008/02 - 2008/03
    out of 10 but winning once was a big step I feel like Rocky AH To commemorate this feeling I must share a link sent to me by one of my buddies back in the States The 9 Manliest Names in the World Somehow Bryan Guido Hassin was left off the list so take these suggestions with a grain of salt I ll just assume I was 10 who knows why they only published the top 9 Don t follow this link if you re easily offended by profanity Do follow it if you ever had a conversation with me about how envious we were of a friend living on a street called Iron Master I must end this post here as there is much work to prepare for tomorrow and the weekend After all I m sacrificing tomorrow night s productivity for the most manly of activities going to the opera Posted by Bryan Hassin at 16 50 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels accounting imd leadership ping pong 2008 02 20 Crazy Aussies On Monday I realized that the Opera de Laussane would be presenting La Bohème this weekend and this weekend only How could I miss such an opportunity to break free of the IMD dungeons I sent out a feeler email to the rest of the class to see if anyone else was interested It came as no surprise that I received several positive responses from interested parties and in fact some responses from students who already had tickets What did come as a surprise however was this email from Lucy an Australian student with a petroleum engineering background argh can t make it However I m in for Carmen in May the last time I sat down and listened to it in its entirety was at about 3am working night shift with a bunch of crazy Norwegian riggers off the north west coast of Africa I love it Reason 8 264 921 to come to IMD rubbing shoulders with people like Lucy Now I can t wait for Friday s performance Then Saturday will be cigars and Scotch Cognac Port with students and alumni at the 5 star Beau Rivage Palace This may be the closest I come all year to the post wine dinner environment of the Petroleum Club of Houston What better way to relax after 9 5 hours of Finance on Saturday Fortunately the IMD Cigar Club is a standing tradition so there will be more opportunities to partake Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 06 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels cigars Finance imd opera 2008 02 19 Leading People in Organizations I ve made it to 1971 in my American popular music journey This year marks the first major appearances of Rod Stewart Carole King the Bee Gees Al Green Bill Withers solo Beatles artists and many others It also marks Tom Jones s surprising to me continued popularity As I find lyrics distracting I ve been listening to a great deal of classical music while working It s been mostly Beethoven so far with some other classical era composers mixed in It still never ceases to amaze me how Beethoven s music can take me through such a range of human emotion and mood joy sorrow anger tenderness triumph loss chaos serenity Who would have thought that notes scribbled on paper by a crotchety deaf old German would inspire such feelings in people two hundred years later Incredible Maury Peiperl is a piano buff and opens each of our Leading People in Organizations LPO classes with a musical passage that relates in some way to our lecture I ve identified two of the three pieces correctly so far which isn t bad for someone whose only classical music education has been concert attendance Credit the special women in my life for being my dates to the Symphony and for introducing me to classical music in the first place Whereas our Leadership class focuses on deep personal introspection LPO is about leading and motivating teams managing HR issues and creating situations environments conducive to peak group performance Tomorrow is our first LPO session in a while After our intense week of Industry Company Analysis Economics last week I am eager to return to this softer side of our studies Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 50 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1971 Beethoven classical music imd LPO Maury Peiperl 2008 02 17 Willpower I arrived later to Steffen s party last night and stayed longer than anticipated It was a lot of fun and it seemed like everyone was there When I m around many people I really feed off the collective energy and I could feel that starting to happen as we took eastern European shots drank exotic beers and talked about things that had nothing to do with school Although I took a lot of heat for it I managed to be strong and extract myself pretty early I was home before 11 and still accomplished several tasks before crashing early It was a cold clear night and the stars moon were beautiful during the walk to my apartment I m glad I stuck to my decision Now I m well rested ready for my workout and measuring the progress of the sunrise against the mountains and lake outside Willpower just like the 1968 song by Gary Puckett The Union Gap I m almost finished with 1970 now Since 1967 my last musical blog we ve seen the rise of Simon Garfunkel the Doors Tommy James the Shondells Steppenwolf Neal Diamond Three Dog Night and Creedence Clearwater Revival what an exciting time for music The ongoing prominence of groups like The Temptations continues to surprise me They seem somehow out of place in this era but I m certainly not complaining I have updated my February album with additional pics enjoy Posted by Bryan Hassin at 01 23 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1967 1968 1970 imd music party 2008 02 16 Does life get better than this Last night was awesome no studying no partying just great wine and even better conversation with a colleague followed by an early bedtime Then I woke up early this morning and went for a run along the lake It was cold by my standards about 20 degrees F so I really appreciated the Underarmour ColdGear items I received for Christmas Between the topography and the temperature running here in Lausanne is a lot different than running in Houston I was planning to take a nice slow jog but the cold air and rest must have envigorated me I quickly found myself running at my fastest pace since my arrival Two of my study group members Martin and Sergei and I go running together once a week which is always a pleasure However I still find it beneficial to run by myself now and then It s a great opportunity to get away from the IMD world for a little while and do some thinking Additionally whenever I run on my own I finish with two steep uphill sprints These are followed by yelling DRAGO as I struggle to refill my lungs with the cold air I know at least one of my readers will get that reference AH Now I m back at IMD for another day of presentation skills Steffen our Danish student is throwing a party tonight which I m sure will be a lot of fun The work is really piling up for the coming week though so I ll need to resist the temptation to linger Still after this morning s run I m pumped and energized Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 15 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Lausanne Rocky IV running Switzerland 2008 02 15 Presentation Skills Today and tomorrow are dedicated to studying presentation theory making presentations analyzing video recordings of our presentations receiving and providing feedback repeat Our leader for these sessions is Steve Knight who has been awesome so far He has offered plenty of relevant advice to everyone especially the non native English speakers My mobile phone all but died last night so I am in the market for a new one Accordingly it may be a few days before I am taking pictures again In the mean time February s pictures thus far are here Happy belated Valentine s Day to all and thank you SO MUCH to those who sent me cards I know it isn t cheap to send real mail across the Atlantic but the smiles your cards induced were priceless Posted by Bryan Hassin at 10 16 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd phone presentation Valentine s Day 2008 02 13 International Wisdom On Monday we had a cultural values exchange in ICA E of all places We were divided into groups by nationality 44 different groups and given a list of 12 virtues Each group was then instructed to provide at least one proverb from its country about each virtue Although there were many great ones my two favorites hands down were Virtue Fidelity Nationality French Original Proverb La fidélité en amour n est que la paresse du désir English Translation Fidelity in love is just the laziness of desire Virtue Temperance Nationality Finnish Original Proverb Hosumalla ei tule kuin kusipäisiä lapsia English Translation Rushing won t get you anything but stupid children Awesome Also awesome today in Accounting we dissected Carlsberg a huge beer conglomerate Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 24 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels accounting Economics Finnish French imd proverbs 2008 02 11 Ping Pong Ping Pong has become a regular part of life here at IMD After lunch it is a great way to get the blood pumping before afternoon classes Most of the people who play are a lot better than I am having played much longer and more consistently This afternoon though I was briefly on fire I absolutely nailed a forehand with just about everything I had It felt good ICA E with Boschek felt less good Oh well I call it a net positive Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 39 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Economics imd ping pong Ralf Boscheck 2008 02 10 Saturday Night Fever Last night was a blast At least a third of our class made it out to l Atelier Volant a night club in Lausanne s Flon district Several girls in our class have been going there practically every weekend so I figured it must be good Surely they would have hookups with bartenders doormen etc Objectively speaking I was a little disappointed with it First off no such hookups existed This may just be a difference between European and American clubs but I suspect that it s not universal If my Houstonian partner in crime whose birthday it was yesterday Happy birthday Cox and I had been to a place several times I think we would have established more relationships as we did when we took St Martin by storm The club featured three levels each with a different style of music The upstairs was purportedly 80s music It turned out actually to be mostly 70s and 90s without a great selection of either When pressed for 80s staples the DJ didn t even recognize most of the names although that could have been affected by my French skills I miss The Handsomes At least this floor DID have Top Gun playing in the background although most people there didn t know the movie well enough to catch quote references I miss my wing man The middle floor was salsa latin but we didn t spend any time on this floor The bottom floor was supposed to be Top 40 and it was from four years ago By the time we made it down there it was nearing time for my departure and hearing the same tired reggaeton beats over and over again which apparently are the same songs they play there every Saturday night reinforced my decision to go Griping aside I had an awesome time It was great to get out there and let loose for a few hours Each time more members of our class showed up there was this great feeling of inclusion and excitement as we welcomed them to somewhere that wasn t IMD We had one classmate with a birthday and another with his wife s birthday so it was fun to celebrate with them It s actually a good thing that the club didn t wow me If they had been playing classic 80s and or rock upstairs or good hip hop downstairs I may have been caught up in my own energy and stayed way too long Instead I extracted myself by 1 15 got some reading done at home and went to bed in preparation for a morning workout which I m off to now Posted by Bryan Hassin at 02 21 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 80s dancing Flon imd l Atelier Volant Lausanne St Martin Switzerland The Handsomes Top Gun 2008 02 07 Brazilian High Yesterday was awesome It was full of surprises from our faculty each one better than the last Because some prospective students read this blog and because the surprises were critical to today s success I ll refrain from any real explanation The cool part was that it was our first day of cross functional project work addressing a business case from accounting marketing and leadership perspectives within our groups At the end of the day three groups were selected randomly to present their arguments For each group one member was selected randomly to do the presentation to a panel of faculty members who played roles of actual decision makers influencers in the case Given the amount of time we had to prepare any presentation was essentially an improvisation When we were first told about the presentation part of the assignment my natural reaction was to hope that I was selected After all I love presenting to an audience it s my element Then as I realized that I had gaping holes of knowledge about the accounting and marketing aspects of our group s proposal We split up the work but didn t have time to regroup before the deadline I became a little more apprehensive about being selected Our group was the second of three selected to present I was selected from my group to be the presenter be careful what you wish for The faculty decision makers roles were intended to poke holes in whatever we presented be interruptive at times and generally stress the presenter out I didn t know the supporting evidence for several aspects of our plan and hadn t even seen the powerpoint in its entirety but hey I didn t come here not to be challenged The faculty gave me a hard time especially on the quantitative stuff but it was a big rush to be up there The class gave me a lot of support from the audience which felt great At the end of the day my presentation was pretty BSy and probably was especially underwhelming to Stewart the Accounting prof I spent a significant amount of time afterward thinking about what I would have should have said and receiving explanations from my teammates about what our slides actually meant However I received numerous backslaps and congratulations from my classmates afterward so I think I held my own Regardless it was a great experience and I can t wait to do it again Afterward the class and the professors out of character met in the lobby for Brazilian The case was set in Brazil caipirinhas before heading down to the dungeon for a long night of project work What a day I can t wait to do it again On another note the Chinese students made a very gracious presentation for lunar new year and gave away Chinese gifts to all the students Coming from a country where everyone seems to be leery about competition from China I found their unsolicited offering to be right in line with the warm generous culture I ve come to know and expect from these students Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 15 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels accounting Brazil caipirinha China imd leadership marketing presentation Stewart Hamilton 2008 02 05 Learning Russian It s approaching midnight as we re working on accounting problem sets seven guys holed up in a room all night after spending most of our day in here as well Just spoken in Russian by our Czech to our Belarussian Odkryt okna byla tvoja lucnaja idea sevodna Excusing the probable misspellings this translates to Opening the window was the best idea you ve had all day Posted by Bryan Hassin at 16 51 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to 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  • The Green Knight: 2008/01 - 2008/02
    generally very nice If I look like I m not certain about where I m going someone will invariably stop and offer to help The Swiss are very courteous to pedestrians If I look like I m even thinking of stepping into a crosswalk cars coming from every direction will stop immediately They re all willing to work with my rusty rusty French too which is a plus Speaking of languages I have found Lausanne to be very international Walking down the street I can hear French German Italian Spanish Portuguese Arabic Chinese Japanese and other languages that I can t recognize being spoken There is a great little pizzeria around the corner from my apartment called Le Pinnochio so far it has proven to be the best non IMD venue for practicing my Italian People on the streets seem very European There have definitely been several Euromullet sightings and females wearing tight pants with high boots seem to account for roughly 85 of the population Smokers are everywhere What did this continent do before the discovery of tobacco but one rarely sees cigarette butts on the ground due to the rigorous Swiss attention to daily street sidewalk cleaning Dogs aren t very friendly to strangers which is a shame I see a golden retriever out for a walk and I want to go say hi pet it etc but I get the impression that such just isn t the way here Anywhere dogs might be walked is lined with pooper scooper bag dispensers every few hundred feet and owners seem to take their clean up responsibility seriously The risk of stepping in something unpleasant is very low this will be important when I m late and running to campus for an interview Half bottles of wine are widely available in both wine shops and restaurants I am told that this is in reaction to Switzerland s tough drunk driving laws Whether I drink a full bottle or just a half there are multiple recycling bins on each block Recycling here is much more segregated than I have experienced in the US glass aluminum tin steel oil paper plastic and organic waste all have their own labeled containers Laundry in my building is a real pain One must reserve a seven hour time slot morning or afternoon for the laundry room well in advance As I spend 16 20 hours a day on campus this limits my options pretty significantly When I do manage to match my schedule with an open slot I face my next challenge crazyeurolaundrysystem The washer itself isn t that bad To use it though I have to pay 3 Swiss Francs To pay 3 Swiss Francs I have to hold up an electronic key in just the right position by a noncommunicative metal box To procure such a key and add money to my account I have to track down the concierge an apartment resident who acts as the on site manager during the few late hours I am at home So it s a challenge but not insurmountable The dryer on the other hand is something else Instead of a tumbler dryer as I m accustomed to the laundry room just has lines for hanging clothes after they have been washed With an ambient temperature of 40 degrees F and poor ventilation this doesn t get the job done very well Not to worry though there is an elegant solution a giant fan dehumidfier Essentially you just leave your clothes on the line turn on the machine leave the room and return when your time slot is up I ve found this approach to yield semi dry clothes with the stiffness of cardboard just what I m looking for in my underwear and bed linens Perhaps I m just a spoiled American Perhaps I m doing something wrong If you have any helpful hints please send them my way Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 29 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels dogs Europe laundry Lausanne recycling Switzerland 2008 01 21 Food glorious food We made it out of our study groups early tonight so I just treated myself to a snack before settling into readings for tomorrow This snack was so good it inspired me to post a quick entry about the food here in Lausanne My morning nutrition is based on a fierce devotion to my staple in the US cereal and milk Satisfying this devotion isn t easy over here most supermarkets carry only a few types of cereal and I had to scour the city to find skim milk When I finally discovered the hidden cache of skim I was surprised to learn that it comes in a box Naturally I have no idea how to open this box elegantly instead I have found that cutting a hole in the top is functional enough for me So my day begins with cereal and milk followed by second breakfast at school One of the best quality of life features is that it keeps a fully stocked fruit basket outside our main classroom It may not seem like much but this bottomless supply of fresh organic produce supplies nutritional value and much needed energy before during and after classes Bananas are the most popular students swoop in before class and snatch them up Most aren t consumed immediately so they become a kind of currency Can you help me balance these two accounts before class That depends how bad do you want your banana Lunch is nutritionally the highlight of the day There is a culinary institute just down the street and I suspect that IMD has worked out some arrangement with them Every day the food at our restaurant is fresh delicious varied and plentiful oh and included in the cost of tuition I begin each lunch with the soup du jour which after two weeks has only repeated once Today was

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  • The Green Knight: 2007/12 - 2008/01
    to be highly personalized providing leadership coaching and mentoring to each student every day throughout the year Why only 90 International the 90 students come from 44 countries and speak an average of four languages The IMD Class of 2007 s profile Excellent IMD is consistently one of the highest rated MBA programs in the world this year it even earned the global 1 ranking from the Financial Times Ranking of Rankings I m the first person to take rankings with a grain of salt but I like that IMD does best in the rankings that reward schools for producing responsible grounded graduates IMD is elite without being elit ist Selective Attendees have the highest average work experience over 7 years of any full time MBA program in the world If I m going to be learning from my peers all year I want them to be experienced accomplished and knowledgeable Applicants are subjected to two rounds of grueling applications the initial application has 13 essays and those who make the second round are subjected to a full day of grilling interviews ad hoc presentations timed group projects and case analyses Accordingly attendees are not only qualified they also have to be highly motivated even just to apply again this is the type of person I want to be around The IMD admissions process Intense 16 hours a day 6 days a week with the only vacation in July Real world Half of the program isn t in classrooms at all it s spent on consulting projects for governments of countries with difficult business environments or for CEOs of multibillion Euro companies The IMD program structure I wasn t sure this was for me until I interviewed on campus The challenges were hard and I learned a lot from them The other applicants Most of the day s affairs were conducted in groups were incredibly smart successful and diverse I learned more that day than I had in probably my previous several months on the job just imagine what I could learn in a whole year Needless to say I came back ready to sign on if accepted Just a few days later I received the call from IMD s Admissions Director and I was on board HOW did will this happen None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I received this year from friends family and colleagues I engaged 50 people in my information gathering stage to determine what my options for leadership development were and which would be most appropriate for me Everyone provided incredibly valuable insight and I used all of it in my decision making process When I finally made the decision to apply to IMD there was only one week left before their final deadline I had to mobilize myself essays GMAT application forms and others recommendations on very short notice Without my recommenders and essay editors I probably never would have been accepted they were invaluable Now as I prepare

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  • The Green Knight: The Force Awakens: the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing
    I can recall ever being totally inspired by a female hero Every time I watch the movie I get starry eyed OMG I wanna be like that feelings in ways that have traditionally been reserved for very masculine heroes I wonder what the implications are when an entire generation of boys grows up having had not just male idols but females as well Workplace equality Men more capable of doing things that have typically been considered feminine in the workplace things which research shows are incredibly valuable for leadership and teamwork Women able to be leaders in organizations without adopting masculine traits and being derogatorily labeled for it I don t know but I have a hunch that if popular media continue to level the playing field between male and female heroes it could be tranformative to our collective psychology Rey s character wouldn t be nearly so compelling without fantastic acting and Daisy Ridley absolutely crushes it Writing and direction must get credit too She s not the only one though In the best scene of the movie Maybe one of the best scenes of all time she and Adam Driver deliver absolutely virtuosic performances During the interrogation scene let s be clear that he is straight up raping her It may be rape of the mind rather than the body but if anything that feels even more heinous to me You know I can take whatever I want He is exerting total domination and power over her as she lies helplessly restrained And then she resists You can see the determination written all over her face You can then see her confidence grow and his shake as she fights and ultimately overpowers him There is almost no dialog special effects or even blocking it is an entire journey of psychological epiphany and empowerment told exclusively through the faces of two actors locked in an epic performance It s glorious and I can t remember the last time I was able to say that about a scene in a movie blockbuster So there you have it my take on Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens It wasn t perfect but it was very very good and some of it was straight up amazing What did you think Please preface your comments with SPOILER tags if they contain them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 58 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 5 comments Nick Farmer said Agreed on all counts To me the major fail of the movie is the death of Han Solo which seemed strangely devoid of gravitas I think because not enough had been done to establish his relationship with his son to that point Honestly I think I would have reacted differently if it had been Leia that was killed Because the back story was absent the first scene where father and son are together lacked emotional grounding It was good but could have been

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    I can recall ever being totally inspired by a female hero Every time I watch the movie I get starry eyed OMG I wanna be like that feelings in ways that have traditionally been reserved for very masculine heroes I wonder what the implications are when an entire generation of boys grows up having had not just male idols but females as well Workplace equality Men more capable of doing things that have typically been considered feminine in the workplace things which research shows are incredibly valuable for leadership and teamwork Women able to be leaders in organizations without adopting masculine traits and being derogatorily labeled for it I don t know but I have a hunch that if popular media continue to level the playing field between male and female heroes it could be tranformative to our collective psychology Rey s character wouldn t be nearly so compelling without fantastic acting and Daisy Ridley absolutely crushes it Writing and direction must get credit too She s not the only one though In the best scene of the movie Maybe one of the best scenes of all time she and Adam Driver deliver absolutely virtuosic performances During the interrogation scene let s be clear that he is straight up raping her It may be rape of the mind rather than the body but if anything that feels even more heinous to me You know I can take whatever I want He is exerting total domination and power over her as she lies helplessly restrained And then she resists You can see the determination written all over her face You can then see her confidence grow and his shake as she fights and ultimately overpowers him There is almost no dialog special effects or even blocking it is an entire journey of psychological epiphany and empowerment told exclusively through the faces of two actors locked in an epic performance It s glorious and I can t remember the last time I was able to say that about a scene in a movie blockbuster So there you have it my take on Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens It wasn t perfect but it was very very good and some of it was straight up amazing What did you think Please preface your comments with SPOILER tags if they contain them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 58 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 5 comments Nick Farmer said Agreed on all counts To me the major fail of the movie is the death of Han Solo which seemed strangely devoid of gravitas I think because not enough had been done to establish his relationship with his son to that point Honestly I think I would have reacted differently if it had been Leia that was killed Because the back story was absent the first scene where father and son are together lacked emotional grounding It was good but could have been

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    I can recall ever being totally inspired by a female hero Every time I watch the movie I get starry eyed OMG I wanna be like that feelings in ways that have traditionally been reserved for very masculine heroes I wonder what the implications are when an entire generation of boys grows up having had not just male idols but females as well Workplace equality Men more capable of doing things that have typically been considered feminine in the workplace things which research shows are incredibly valuable for leadership and teamwork Women able to be leaders in organizations without adopting masculine traits and being derogatorily labeled for it I don t know but I have a hunch that if popular media continue to level the playing field between male and female heroes it could be tranformative to our collective psychology Rey s character wouldn t be nearly so compelling without fantastic acting and Daisy Ridley absolutely crushes it Writing and direction must get credit too She s not the only one though In the best scene of the movie Maybe one of the best scenes of all time she and Adam Driver deliver absolutely virtuosic performances During the interrogation scene let s be clear that he is straight up raping her It may be rape of the mind rather than the body but if anything that feels even more heinous to me You know I can take whatever I want He is exerting total domination and power over her as she lies helplessly restrained And then she resists You can see the determination written all over her face You can then see her confidence grow and his shake as she fights and ultimately overpowers him There is almost no dialog special effects or even blocking it is an entire journey of psychological epiphany and empowerment told exclusively through the faces of two actors locked in an epic performance It s glorious and I can t remember the last time I was able to say that about a scene in a movie blockbuster So there you have it my take on Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens It wasn t perfect but it was very very good and some of it was straight up amazing What did you think Please preface your comments with SPOILER tags if they contain them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 58 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 5 comments Nick Farmer said Agreed on all counts To me the major fail of the movie is the death of Han Solo which seemed strangely devoid of gravitas I think because not enough had been done to establish his relationship with his son to that point Honestly I think I would have reacted differently if it had been Leia that was killed Because the back story was absent the first scene where father and son are together lacked emotional grounding It was good but could have been

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