Last month, I completed the most difficult (and fulfilling) assignment of the MBA thus far. It didn’t involve an extensive group strategy session, or a Sunday afternoon in R studio learning to better work with data, or even a 40-page case read with analysis…. It was even more difficult than those other assignments.
This assignment involved digging deep to develop my personal legacy statement. What do I want my friends and family to say about me when I retire? What do I want the overall impact of my professional life to be?
The premise is that nobody makes it to their deathbed and says “gee, I wish I’d spent more time at the office grinding in Excel.” How much more effective (and challenging) is it to consider your life impact on the front end of your career than the back end?
Our Leadership Legacy class had to not only flesh out our legacy into a paper, but also to present our statements in the form of 5 minutes speeches to the class. It was a beautiful experience to learn how my classmates have overcome crucible moments and how they plan to make a meaningful impact in their careers.
In the end, I’m so grateful that Fisher is not just training me to be a sharp analyst and a strategic thinker, but also to be an effective, authentic, ethical leader who very carefully and intentionally considers my impact on the world.
(here is a shot of our professor, Tony Rucci)