2005年06月20日

ケンブリッジMBA : ケンブリッジ大学/オックスフォード大学MBA フットボール&クリケット対抗戦

ケンブリッジ大学MBA VS オックスフォード大学MBA サッカー対抗戦

ケンブリッジ側の都合で長らく延期になっていたオックスフォード大学MBAとのサッカーの試合を、土曜日に遂に行った。
それと同時に、同じスポーツ・グランドにて、クリケットの対抗戦も行われた。

OX1







結果は、サッカーはオックスフォードの勝利、クリケットはケンブリッジの勝利で、結局トータルでは引き分けに終わった。
もちろん、ケンブリッジ大学MBAサッカー部主将を務める僕としては、サッカーで負けたため極めて残念な結果であったことは言うまでもない・・・。
しかも、皆と正式な試合に挑むのはこれが最後の機会であったし、相手が宿敵オックスフォードであったので、それそれは悔しい思いをした。
もちろん、今だに悔しい・・・。
いつか、ロンドンででもOB対抗戦を企画して、雪辱を果たしたいと真剣に今から考えてしまうあたりは、典型的な負けず嫌いの体育界出身者のサガなのかと苦笑いをせざるを得ない。

ただ、その後のBBQパーティーは楽しかった。
通常、こういったイベントでは、折角の機会にもかかわらず表面的な交流で終始することも多々見られるが、両校のMBA生徒の人選基準が似ているためか生徒達の性格が似通っており(基本的に、真面目で賢いがガツガツはしておらず、偉ぶらず穏やで良い人といった感じの性格の人が多い=ちなみに、僕は真面目でも賢くもないので突然変異の一種かもしれない・・・)、極めて両校の生徒間の交流は上手く行っているように見えた。

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僕自身は、MBA取得後の自らのサッカー・ビジネスにおける夢・目標・想いをまたまた懲りずに語ってしまったが、偶々サッカー関連のスタディーをMBAコースの一環で行ったオックスフォードの生徒に資料、及びレポートを参考までに貰えることになった。
また、サッカー・ビジネス関連の人も紹介して貰えることになり、本当にオックスフォード様様である。

妻が、2つ目の修士号を取得するため、今年の9月からオックスフォードに移る予定なのだが、またオックスフォードでも良い友達が増えそうで、今から楽しみにしている。

明日は、ドイツのケルン会場で、コンフェデ杯の日本vsブラジル戦を観戦!
その後は、ドイツ国内、プラハ、ウィーン、ザルツブルグと回ってきま〜す!
綺麗な写真をこうご期待!


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2005年06月18日

ケンブリッジMBA : Queen's visit to Cambridge

Queen's visit to Cambridge University

I've got a bit of problem with my notebook, so let me write this one in English.

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Since I forgot to put in the blog pictures of Queen Elizabeth that I took from a couple of meters' distance while she was at Cambridge last week, I attach two pictures here.
She's definitely got special aura that only royal families have...


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2005年06月17日

ケンブリッジMBA : 旅立ち

卒業???

昨日は、第3学期終了の打ち上げパーティーが、学校にて開催されました。

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とは言っても、1年MBAコースの人にとっては、来学期は修士論文作成のための個人リサーチ期間となりますので、皆とクラスで机を並べ学ぶのは今学期が事実上の最終学期となります。
(僕の場合は、2年MBAコースに所属しているため、まだまだ終わりではないのですが・・・。)

そのような訳で、お別れ会的なセンチメンタルな雰囲気を予想していましたが、そのようなムードのかけらも無く、終始いつものパブ・ナイト(毎週木曜日にケンブリッジ内の何処かのパブで開催されるケンブリッジMBA伝統の飲み会)的なノリで終焉を迎えました。

良く考えると、授業自体は金曜日で終わりですが、まだまだ飲み会、パーティー、スポーツイベント等々のイベントが盛り沢山控えているため、誰もまだお別れを意識していないのだと思います。

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今日は、もうすぐ妻の『世界青年の船』に同乗した船乗り仲間(?)が訪問予定なので、私の所属するクイーンズ・カレッジの今年最後のフォーマル・ホールに行って来ま〜す!
これは、各カレッジにて毎週一回定期的に開催される公式なディナーの場であり、何とハリーポッター張りのガウンを皆着込んで食事をします。
(まさに、写真のような感じですね!)
既婚ながら世界中を旅するさすらいの冒険少女Mちゃんもきっと楽しんでくれることでしょう。


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2005年06月13日

ケンブリッジMBA : リーダーよりの言葉

フィオリーナ女史の好スピーチ

先日、MBAの同級生が送って来たメールが素晴らしい内容でしたので、皆様にも勇気をおすそ分けします。

HPの元CEO/フィオリーナ女史が、北カロライナ州のとある州立大学の卒業式にて夢、希望、不安で胸がいっぱいの卒業生達に送った言葉です。
また、HPを解雇された後、彼女が初めて公の場に登場して行ったスピーチでもあります。

少し長い英文になりますが、必ず元気が出ると思うので、是非とも最後まで読んでみて下さい。

"What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God."

the people who focus on possibilities achieve much more in life than people who focus on limitations.

やはり、リーダーたるもの、行動はもちろんのこと言葉でも、皆に勇気を与え動機付け出来るようにならないといけませんね。
私も彼女を見習って頑張ります!


MAY 9, 2005
Fiorina's Commencement Address

Here's what she told the graduates and their guests at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University on May 7


フィオリーナ女史スピーチ原文は、これより下以降です。


Thank you, Chancellor, and good morning. I'd like to join Chancellor Renick in welcoming all of you to the 114th commencement exercises of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

My fellow job seekers: I am honored to be among the first to congratulate you on completing your years at North Carolina A&T. But all of you should know: as Mother's Day gifts go, this one is going to be tough to beat in the years ahead.

The purpose of a commencement speaker is to dispense wisdom. But the older I get, the more I realize that the most important wisdom I've learned in life has come from my mother and my father. Before we go any further, let's hear it one more time for your mothers and mother figures, fathers and father figures, family, and friends in the audience today.

When I first received the invitation to speak here, I was the CEO of an $80 billion Fortune 11 company with 145,000 employees in 178 countries around the world. I held that job for nearly six years. It was also a company that hired its fair share of graduates from North Carolina A&T. You could always tell who they were. For some reason, they were the ones that had stickers on their desks that read, "Beat the Eagles."

But as you may have heard, I don't have that job anymore. After the news of my departure broke, I called the school, and asked: do you still want me to come and be your commencement speaker?

Chancellor Renick put my fears to rest. He said, "Carly, if anything, you probably have more in common with these students now than you did before." And he's right. After all, I've been working on my resume. I've been lining up my references. I bought a new interview suit. If there are any recruiters here, I'll be free around 11.

I want to thank you for having me anyway. This is the first public
appearance I've made since I left HP. I wanted very much to be here because this school has always been set apart by something that I've believed very deeply; something that takes me back to the earliest memories I have in life.

One day at church, my mother gave me a small coaster with a saying on it. During my entire childhood, I kept this saying in front of me on a small desk in my room. In fact, I can still show you that coaster today. It says: "What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God."

Those words have had a huge impact on me to this day. What this school and I believe in very deeply is that when we think about our lives, we shouldn't be limited by other people's stereotypes or bigotry. Instead, we should be motivated by our own sense of possibility. We should be motivated by our own sense of accomplishment. We should be motivated by what we believe we can become. Jesse Jackson has taught us; Ronald McNair taught us; the Greensboro Four taught us; that the people who focus on possibilities achieve much more in life than people who focus on limitations.

The question for all of you today is: how will you define what you make of yourself?

To me, what you make of yourself is actually two questions. There's the
"you" that people see on the outside. And that's how most people will judge you, because it's all they can see – what you become in life, whether you were made President of this, or CEO of that, the visible you.

But then, there's the invisible you, the "you" on the inside. That's the person that only you and God can see. For 25 years, when people have asked me for career advice, what I always tell them is don't give up what you have inside. Never sell your soul – because no one can ever pay you back.

What I mean by not selling your soul is don't be someone you're not, don't be less than you are, don't give up what you believe, because whatever the consequences that may seem scary or bad -- whatever the consequences of staying true to yourself are -- they are much better than the consequences of selling your soul.

You have been tested mightily in your life to get to this moment. And all of you know much better than I do: from the moment you leave this campus, you will be tested. You will be tested because you won't fit some people's pre-conceived notions or stereotypes of what you're supposed to be, of who you're supposed to be. People will have stereotypes of what you can or can't do, of what you will or won't do, of what you should or shouldn't do. But they only have power over you if you let them have power over you. They can only have control if you let them have control, if you give up what's inside.

I speak from experience. I've been there. I've been there, in admittedly vastly different ways -- and in many ways, in the fears in my heart, exactly the same places. The truth is I've struggled to have that sense of control since the day I left college.

I was afraid the day I graduated from college. I was afraid of what people would think. Afraid I couldn't measure up. I was afraid of making the wrong choices. I was afraid of disappointing the people who had worked so hard to send me to college.

I had graduated with a degree in medieval history and philosophy. If you had a job that required knowledge of Copernicus or 12th Century European monks, I was your person. But that job market wasn't very strong.

So, I was planning to go to law school, not because it was a lifelong dream – because I thought it was expected of me. Because I realized that I could never be the artist my mother was, so I would try to be the lawyer my father was. So, I went off to law school. For the first three months, I barely slept. I had a blinding headache every day. And I can tell you exactly which shower tile I was looking at in my parent's bathroom on a trip home when it hit me like a lightning bolt. This is my life. I can do what I want. I have control. I walked downstairs and said, "I quit."

I will give my parents credit in some ways. That was 1976. They could have said, "Oh well, you can get married." Instead, they said, "We're worried that you'll never amount to anything." It took me a while to prove them wrong. My first job was working for a brokerage firm. I had a title. It was not "VP." It was "receptionist." I answered phones, I typed, I filed. I did that for a year. And then, I went and lived in Italy, teaching English to Italian businessmen and their families. I discovered that I liked business. I liked the pragmatism of it; the pace of it. Even though it hadn't been my goal, I became a businessperson.

I like big challenges, and the career path I chose for myself at the
beginning was in one of the most male-dominated professions in America. I went to work for AT&T. It didn't take me long to realize that there were many people there who didn't have my best interests at heart.

I began my career as a first level sales person within AT&T's long lines department. Now, "long lines" is what we used to call the long distance business, but I used to refer to the management team at AT&T as the "42 longs" – which was their suit size, and all those suits – and faces – looked the same.

I'll never forget the first time my boss at the time introduced me to a
client. With a straight face, he said "this is Carly Fiorina, our token
bimbo." I laughed, I did my best to dazzle the client, and then I went to the boss when the meeting was over and said, "You will never do that to me again."

In those early days, I was put in a program at the time called the
Management Development Program. It was sort of an accelerated up-or-out
program, and I was thrown into the middle of a group of all male sales
managers who had been there quite a long time, and they thought it was their job to show me a thing or two. A client was coming to town and we had decided that we were getting together for lunch to introduce me to this customer who was important to one of my accounts.

Now the day before this meeting was to occur, one of my male colleagues came to me and said, "You know, Carly, I'm really sorry. I know we've had this planned for a long time, but this customer has a favorite restaurant here in Washington, D.C., and they really want to go to that restaurant, and we need to do what the customer wants, and so I don't think you'll be able to join us."

"Why is that?" I asked. Well, the restaurant was called the Board Room. Now, the Board Room back then was a restaurant on Vermont Avenue in Washington, D.C., and it was a strip club. In fact, it was famous because the young women who worked there would wear these completely see-through baby doll negligees, and they would dance on top of the tables while the patrons ate lunch.

The customer wanted to go there, and so my male colleagues were going there. So I thought about it for about two hours. I remember sitting in the ladies room thinking, "Oh God, what am I going to do? And finally I came back and said, "You know, I hope it won't make you too uncomfortable, but I think I'm going to come to lunch anyway."

Now, I have to tell you I was scared to death. So the morning arrived when I had to go to the Board Room and meet my client, and I chose my outfit carefully. I dressed in my most conservative suit. I carried a briefcase like a shield of honor. I got in a cab. When I told the taxi driver where I wanted to go he whipped around in his seat and said, "You're kidding right?" I think he thought I was a new act.

In any event, I arrived, I got out, I took a deep breath, I straightened my bow tie, and went in the door - and you have to picture this - I go into the door, there's a long bar down one side, there's a stage right in front of me, and my colleagues are sitting way on the other side of the room. And there's a live act going on the stage. The only way I could get to them was to walk along that stage. I did. I looked like a complete idiot. I sat down, we had lunch.

Now, there are two ends to that story. One is that my male colleagues never did that to me again. But the other end to the story, which I still find inspiring, is that all throughout lunch they kept trying to get those young women to dance in their negligees on top of our table -- and every one of those young women came over, looked the situation over and said, "Not until the lady leaves."

It even followed me to HP. As you may know, the legend of HP is that it
began in a garage. When I took over, we launched a get-back-to-basics
campaign we called "the rules of the garage." A fellow CEO at a competitor saw that and decided to do a skit about me. In front of the entire financial analyst and media community, he had an actress come out with blond hair and long red nails and flashy clothes, and had a garage fall on her head. It made big headlines locally. It made me feel a lot like the "token bimbo" all over again.

I know all of you have your own stories. When you challenge other people's ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it. People's ideas and fears can make them small – but they cannot make you small. People's prejudices can diminish them – but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth.

At every step along the way, your soul will be tested. Every test you pass will make you stronger.

But let's not be naïve. Sometimes, there are consequences to not selling your soul. Sometimes, there are consequences to staying true to what you believe. And sometimes, those consequences are very difficult. But as long as you understand the consequences and accept the consequences, you are not only stronger as a result, you're more at peace.

Many people have asked me how I feel now that I've lost my job. The truth is, I'm proud of the life I've lived so far, and though I've made my share of mistakes, I have no regrets. The worst thing I could have imagined happened. I lost my job in the most public way possible, and the press had a field day with it all over the world. And guess what? I'm still here. I am at peace and my soul is intact. I could have given it away and the story would be different. But I heard the word of Scripture in my head: "What benefit will it be to you if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul?"

When people have stereotypes of what you can't do, show them what you can do. When they have stereotypes of what you won't do, show them what you will do. Every time you pass these tests, you learn more about yourself. Every time you resist someone else's smaller notion of who you really are, you test your courage and your endurance. Each time you endure, and stay true to yourself, you become stronger and better.

I do not know any of you personally. But as a businessperson and a former CEO, I know that people who have learned to overcome much can achieve more than people who've never been tested. And I do know that this school has prepared you well. After all, North Carolina A&T graduates more African Americans with engineering degrees than any other school in the United States. It graduates more African American technology professionals than any other school. It graduates more African American women who go into careers in science, math, and technology than any other school. Your motto is right: North Carolina A&T is truly a national resource and a local treasure. And Aggie Pride is not just a slogan – it's a hard-earned fact!

Never sell your education short. And the fact that this school believed in you means you should never sell yourself short. What I have learned in 25 years of managing people is that everyone possesses more potential than they realize. Living life defined by your own sense of possibility, not by others notions of limitations, is the path to success.

Starting today, you are one of the most promising things America has to
offer: you are an Aggie with a degree.

My hope is that you live life defined by your own sense of possibility, your own sense of worth, your own sense of your soul. Define yourself for yourself, not by how others are going to define you – and then stick to it. Find your own internal compass. I use the term compass, because what does a compass do? When the winds are howling, and the storm raging, and the sky is so cloudy you have nothing to navigate by, a compass tells you where true North is. And I think when you are in a lonely situation, you have to rely on that compass. Who am I? What do I believe? Do I believe I am doing the
right thing for the right reason in the best way that I can? Sometimes,
that's all you have. And always, it will be enough.

Most people will judge you by what they see on the outside. Only you and God will know what's on the inside. But at the end of your life, if people ask you what your greatest accomplishment was, my guess is, it will be something that happened inside you, that no one else ever saw, something that had nothing to do with outside success, and everything to do with how you decide to live in the world.

What you are today is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. He is waiting for that gift right now. Make it something extraordinary.


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2005年06月06日

ケンブリッジMBA : MBAT (欧州 MBA オリンピック) 報告

MBAT(欧州 MBA オリンピック)報告

気づいたら、楽しかったMBATからケンブリッジに帰ってきてあっという間に1週間が経っていました。

MBATですが、いや〜本当に楽しかった!

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実は、友人がMBAT組織委員会(毎年、HECのMBA学生達で構成される)にいた関係で、2年前にもゲストとして参加したことがあるのですが、やはり実際学校を代表して好きなスポーツで競い合うというのは最高〜!

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パリ近郊の広大な自然の中に位置するHECは、欧州大陸の夏の太陽 "continental sun" (クラスメートのイタリア人の受け売り・・・)でとにかくまぶしかった。無意識なうちにアメリカ寄りになりがちな日本人に、アメリカも欧州も知る人間として、欧州の素晴らしさを日本の人達に今後伝えていきたいと、最近思っているのですが、本当に欧州の夏は最高です!

米国スタンフォード大学のお膝元パロアルトで幼少期を過ごした僕の大好きな面白い帰国子女の友人がいるのですが、彼がロンドン駐在を終えて帰る時に、「ロンドンの夏は軽井沢だよ!」という彼的な意味不明な言葉を残していったのですが、今になってやっと彼の言わんとしたことが肌を持って分かりました。僕らカリフォルニアの青い空を良く知る人間からしても、もう欧州の夏はそれはそれは極楽です。

話が欧州宣伝に少々傾いたのでMBATに戻しま〜す。

スポーツ以外でも、もちろん食事、パーティーと毎日楽しみました。おいしいフレンチくずれの料理(確実に2年前より美味しかった)をバイキング・スタイルで毎食たらふく食べるのはもちろん、朝からお酒も飲み放題、でもって毎晩深夜まで巨大クラブ/ディスコ・パーティーということで、これで朝早くからスポーツが無ければ最高ってな感じです。しかし、そこは負けず嫌いかつ競争意識の高いMBA達の集まりですから、皆二日酔いもなんのそので朝から真剣勝負に挑むわけです。

正直、寿命が確実に縮まったのでは・・・?

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今年で15周年目を迎えるこの世界最大の規模を誇るMBAスポーツ・イベントは、今回何と2,000名近いMBA達が、欧州中(更には、米国ニューヨークからNYUも参加)から集まりました。そんな訳で、それはそれはここは何処?国連?みたいな感じで、もの凄いインターナショナルな環境です。
西洋偏重でも東洋偏重でもなく、世界の各国から集まった人間達がお互いのアイデンティティーを尊重しながら肩肘張らず自然に付き合えるインターナショナルな環境』をこよなく愛する私達夫婦にとって、MBATは本当に楽しい場でありました。

あ〜楽しかった、来年も行こうかな?

(ケンブリッジMBAサッカーチームで偉そうに威張っている日本人を見かけたらそれは僕かもしれません???)

欧州MBAと米国MBAの間で迷う人にアドバイスを求められた際に良く言うのですが、「真の意味でインターナショナルな環境を求めているのであれば、欧州MBAにした方が良いと思う」と正直に言います。僕自身も、米国永住権維持のためには米国在住が必要であるため、僕のキャリア・プラン(サッカービジネス)上は役に立たないことが明らかな米国MBAに後ろ髪を引かれた時期も有りました。しかし、実際欧州MBAをこの目で見ようと妻と出かけた2年前のMBAで、自分達の理想とするインターナショナルな環境を目の当たりにしてまさに目から鱗が落ちました。今回、MBATに2年ぶりに戻ってきて、やはりあの時の決断は間違いなかったと改めて思った次第です。

ちなみに、インターナショナルであるということは、それこそ「言うは易し行なうは難し」であり、特にそれに慣れていない多くの日本人にとっては極めて大変なことであるようです。またそれ故に、日本人MBAが欧米のMBAコースでなかなか存在感を出せない(もしくは、クラス内外でコースに余り貢献出来ていない)、ということに繋がっているように思います。これは、世界のビジネス界において個人で勝負出来る日本人が少ないということにも繋がる大事なことですので、次回は、『日本人MBAが、如何にMBAコースにて活躍出来るか?』、『日本だけでなく、世界のビジネス・シーンで如何に活躍出来るのか?』という切り口から書いてみたいと思います。

「俺/私は、日本で一生生きるからそれで良い。」という考えも有るとは思いますが、僕としては、日本、及び日本人の素晴らしさをもっともっと世界中の人たちに知って欲しいと、常々思っており、世界の第一線で活躍できる日本人の養成は、今後の日本の行く末を決めかねない避けて通れないお題目であると真剣に考えております。

ところで、話が長くなりましたが、CompetitiveなMBA達が集う大会なので、「参加することに意義がある」という五輪モットーはなんのそので、やはり最終的には各種目でポイント換算があり最終ランキングが出ます。基本的には、大規模校、もしくは2年制コースで、生徒数(MBA参加者数)が多いところが強いようです。来年は、ケンブリッジも3回目の参加となりますので、更なる健闘を祈ります!

Final Ranking (Points)

1 IESE (1291)
2 LBS (1271)
3 HEC (1210)
4 BOCCONI (1122)
5 IE (1011)
6 RSM (1006)
7 MBS (815)
8 ESADE (786)
9 CAMBRIDGE (699)
10 OXFORD (551)
11 IMD (664)
12 INSEAD (285)
13 NYU (130)
14 KOC (60)

最後になりましたが、HECの方々、本当にお疲れ様でした。また、大変有難う御座いました。あのような素敵な大会を毎年場所提供だけではなく、計画立案&実行(何とバーテンダーまで・・・)まで、他の学校の手を借りずに自分達だけでやって頂ける(もっと言うと、やれてしまう)のは、本当にすごいことだと思います。HECの皆さんの力無くしてはMBATは存在し得ない訳で、心の底からHECの皆さんに感謝致します。何から何までお世話になり有難う御座いました。

今後も末永くあの素敵な大会を続けて頂けることをお祈り申し上げます。


MBATは各ビジネス・スクールのカラーがはっきりと表れて面白い。競争心剥き出しで近寄り難いグループもいたが、基本的に参加メンバーはかなり真剣で、ケガする者が続出(木曜日の深夜バスで金曜日から日曜日までかなりハードなスケジュールでプレイしたせいかも知れない)。ビジネスだけかと思いきや、抜群の運動神経を披露してくれた。ケンブリッジは生徒数が比較的少ないが、約7割と高い出席率だった。スポーツではIESEやLBSが活躍したが、ケンブリッジは「Fair Play」で表彰された。主催者のHECも忙しいなか良く観察していると思った。

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ちなみにスタンフォードでは「C4C」というスポーツ大会がある。参加者はカリフォルニアのビジネス・スクールで、スタンフォード、バークレー、UCLA、USCの4校。ここでも各ビジネス・スクールのカラーがはっきりと表れ、チームワークが強いところとそうでないところが明らかになるように思った。



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