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  • The Green Knight: Houston
    that is all well and good it pales in comparison to the feeling of being around friends I haven t spent quality time with in a year Skaggs and I threw the football around on Wednesday Cox and I went out bar hopping until 3 AM on Thursday I ll see the volleyball crowd and former roommates tonight at a Christmas party There is so much catching up to do and I m really enjoying it Next week will be even better as I spend time with my family in Hot Springs can t wait Today is special for another reason my brother who just successfully defended his PhD dissertation is now 30 years old and I m not far behind him Happy birthday Nick and go Navy beat Wake Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 40 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Houston running 1 comment Anonymous said Thanks Brother I did better on the dissertation than Navy did vs Wake I m looking forward to seeing you in H town soon Tuesday January 13 2009 at 9 30 00 PM EST Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2

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  • The Green Knight: Real World, Real Learning
    MBA I questioned how real world was our real learning However having spent only one week back in the real world now I can t believe how applicable so much of our learning is I am no stranger to start ups in fact my entire career has been in technology entrepreneurship Accordingly much of this Poken experience is not new to me the frenetic pace the unstructured role assignments the need to roll up my sleeves and get things done etc However I really feel like I am seeing everything in a different light in many different lights in fact My IMD MBA has armed me with many lenses through which to analyze and act With manufacturing in China HQ in Switzerland and customers around the world concepts from Production and Operations Management are very helpful As we seriously plan our international rollout in response to demand in Spain Holland the UK the US and South America my take aways from Marketing are key The challenge of capturing ideas from within and outside of the company prioritizing them and managing their implementation is addressed by Innovation and Product Design I could go on and on but it is clear that the most impactful IMD course on my new position is the Leadership Stream Managing a team of Swiss French Americans and Bulgarians some of whom are on site some of whom work remotely each of whom has different background skills and interests is a challenge to be sure But I feel more prepared to address that challenge than I ever have before I am more aware of my own feelings and the effects my actions have on others I am more cognizant of the subtle intra and inter group dynamics all around me And I am more open to feedback about my performance ideas and well everything I came to IMD to develop myself as a global leader and now I have a chance to put that development to the test While it is ultimately up to me to succeed or fail I must credit the IMD faculty staff and most of all students for helping me prepare for it Although I don t have months to sit back and reflect on the IMD experience I find it popping into my head in the middle of work situations Ah this reminds of that time in the integrative exercise Oh this might be a good opportunity to leverage that concept from Entrepreneurship Hmm I wonder what that professor classmate guest speaker would think of this and so on We really did pack a LOT into a very short time If my first week back to work is any indication though it really was real world real learning Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 38 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Poken No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with

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  • The Green Knight: In Transition
    contended that Grimm s fairy tales contained all common archetypes for transformation and development In every generation it seems that there emerge stories and myths that serve the same purpose in a more updated way I believe the Harry Potter series fills that need for this generation I still need time to digest and mull over everything that happened but my feeling is that this series is one that I will re read over and over again Now I can t wait for the remaining movies to come out So here I am with lots of transition in my life but the family and friends I love are constant They are the rocks that anchor me and the stars by which I set my course Thank you all Pictures from the graduation ball and my first days at Poken can be found in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 03 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels graduation imd Poken 1 comment Corné Kox said Hi Bryan nice to read on your personal blog you can find some time to relax Let s make Poken the 2009 hit I ve got some great ideas that isn t gonna be the problem But we ll have to act fast very fast Maybe I ll visit Lausanne somewhere between 19th and 24th of December Hope to Poke you Thursday December 11 2008 at 6 39 00 PM EST Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September

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  • The Green Knight: And I'm Off!
    approach to processing this professional sensory data than I used to Thanks IMD As I sat at lunch struggling to keep up with the Swiss French being spoken by our CEO and a potential business partner I woefully remenisced about the good times at R7 We played a game in which we were awarded points for sneaking in undetected The Big Lebowski references during client meetings Just as I had this thought and resigned myself to the fact that people here probably didn t get The Big Lebowski Hotel California by The Gypsy Kings began over the restaurant s speakers While many of my readers may have no idea what in God s holy name I am blathering about those who know and love TBL will appreciate it Eight year olds Dude Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 38 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Poken The Big Lebowski No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March 3 February 1 January

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  • The Green Knight: New Job
    that is responsive enough to market feedback that will come very quickly once the product is being used by thousands or millions of people is an exciting order The bad Social Value I came to IMD to prepare myself better to help change the world I m not sure this company really satisfies that criterion Risk Companies at this stage statistically usually fail and I would be accepting below market value compensation along with that risk after a year of paying tuition and not earning a salary Distance This would keep me thousands of miles away from friends and family in the US I would own all of the US business partner relationships which should create many opportunities for travel but I would still be based far away After much soul searching I decided that this was an opportunity I just couldn t pass up I should have a chance to practice a lot of what I have learned at IMD and gain experience in ways that will prepare me to contribute even more to addressing the global energy challenge Will Poken make me feel like I am somehow making the world a better place for the needy kids I held in Kenya No not directly But will I continue to keep them in mind as I work and network and keep my ear to the ground for opportunities that will Absolutely Thankyou to EVERYone who has supported me throughout my career search It isn t over it will be an ongoing process of course but you have all helped me through a significant career milestone I won t let you down and I ll prove that to you immediately I start work tomorrow Posted by Bryan Hassin at 05 16 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels career services Poken 2 comments Karen said Hey Bryan Congrats The job sounds awesome I just found your blog but I hope you keep up with it I m still looking at b schools off and on and would love any thoughts you have on IMD though I heard it might be great no Karen Sunday December 7 2008 at 10 37 00 AM EST Anonymous said Hi Bryan I have been following your blog for the past few months and I find it very helpful a sort of guide as I am also on my way to start an MBA next year I am glad you have accepted this job offer as it seems that it has loads of potential I went through the bads and just wanted to share the following with you 1 There are many ways of creating social value working for an environmental company for instance is not the only way I believe that we are able to create social value with the actions we take on a daily basis and regardless of the sector we work for 2 It does sound risky However I think the key here is do

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  • The Green Knight: TJ is #1 Again
    I can promise to do what I ve done throughout my academic professional and athletic careers my best Posted by Bryan Hassin at 05 00 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ranking TJHSST No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March 3 February 1 January 4 2011 47 December 5 November 4 October 3 August 5 July 2 June 4 May 8

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  • The Green Knight: With Honours
    IMD last fall and Lucy about whom I blogged in the spring I really admire these classmates of mine and being counted among them is a real thrill I worked hard all year to achieve that status and I blogged several times about the failures I encountered along the way Those failures however made attainment of these final successes all the sweeter After the ceremony and reception we broke for the afternoon and returned to Beau Rivage in black tie for the graduation ball It was a lovely affair and although the DJ left much to be desired dinner was excellent and it was a great way to say goodbye Now it s time to start packing up and thinking about what will come next Posted by Bryan Hassin at 02 38 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels graduation imd 2 comments Anonymous said Congratulations Bryan I m sure you deserve both awards You did a fantastic job keeping us all informed about your journey about Switzerland and of course about the exceptional MBA program at IMD Best of luck in your next and I hope you don t stop blogging Sameh Saturday December 6 2008 at 8 10 00 PM EST Anonymous said Congratulations Brother That is OUTSTANDING I m extremely proud of you Well done sir Tuesday January 13 2009 at 8 22 00 PM EST Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April

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  • The Green Knight: Delinquent Blogger
    guests to his house overlooking the lake He cooked for us shared wine from his awesome cellar and facilitated 6 hours of merrymaking as the sun slowly set over the mountains Best of all we also got to play with his 2 year old dog who was most excited to to have visitors She left so much black hai on my clothes that I was reminded of the infinite supply of white hair once provided by Ivan the Terrible Nick s Samoyed I will miss Corey and my ICP team a great deal but this was an excellent way to begin the process of saying goodbye Pictures are in my facebook album Harry Potter Another reason that dinner at Corey s place was so nice was that I have a strong positive association with Thanksgiving I usually spend it with my relatives in Hot Springs Arkansas which I really missed this year It is always wonderful to see them catch up and get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life When I m in Hot Springs I m so relaxed that I actually pull myself away from my computer and go to the movie theater In fact it was in Hot Springs that I first saw Harry Potter and became hooked Speaking of which I finished the Half Blood Prince and I am now making my way through the final book the Deathly Hallows IMD and Lausanne will always stand out to me not only as the place where I did my MBA met life long friends etc but also as the place where I finally read all the Harry Potter books Career Search While I still have several opportunities in the pipeline my only firm offer is with Poken here in Lausanne It is a great opportunity with a company that has lots of potential In that it is a start up there is none of this take your time find yourself and start in March nonsense if I accept with them I will start Dec 8th So in addition to my other preparations right now I am also soul searching and advancing my other opportunities to see by the end of this week if this is what I really want to do Graduation Graduation is upon us Our committee has put together a black tie ball following our ceremony at Beau Rivage Palace to which I am really looking forward After that it s goodbye which obviously encompasses some very mixed emotions jubilation at finishing excitement about next steps and sadness at leaving a great year behind This was the subject of an entire day of classes yesterday how to say goodbye and move on in a healthy way We ll see if I can put into practice tomorrow Posted by Bryan Hassin at 01 07 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Corey Billington electives Harry Potter ICP imd Lausanne Thanksgiving No comments Post a Comment Newer Post

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