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New chapter

After a year spent working in business consulting I have been employed at Google in its Dublin EU Headquarters. It’s been a long year and I have given a lot of thought to many issues – I hope to write about them in the upcoming weeks, along with my thoughts on the new job, new employer, new city, huh, new everything. Basically, it seems like I’m starting a new chapter in my life. It feels great!

There’s not much that I can write right now, except for the fact that I have already tried out the food at Google’s famous cantine and I can tell you that the opinions were not exaggerated – the food is fantastic and it’s all for free.

I hope to write more in the next few weeks. My plan is to share much more articles/videos/thoughts, both serious and fun, with a short comment from my side and write my own personal texts just once in a while. This way I’ll be able to deliver more content! I’m also planning to redesign the site so that it delivers more value to the end user. All comments are welcome!

The last few months

It’s been a while, again. Well, let me just update you on what I was doing over the last three months! Read more… »

Thesis

About a month ago, in September, I defended my thesis at Warsaw School of Economics. The title of my work is called “Servant Leadership as a Tool for Effective Business Management” and I finally managed to find the time to post it on my website. You can read the whole thesis over here or in the “On Leadership” section. Please feel free to comment! I hope the document will serve as an inspiration to anyone seeking knowledge about business leadership.

CEMS MIM is number one!

I am very, very happy to announce that CEMS Master’s in International Management (my program!) has been rated as the best pre-work experience master’s in management program in the world by the Financial Times. It was nice to see a swarm of Facebook statuses among by proud friends proclaiming the news to the world. I have to say I’m really proud as well as the program was quite demanding and I have so many great memories related to it.

As for the ranking. You can find it over here. The CEMS website is http://www.cems.org. Go CEMS!

(This is a piece I wrote for a Student Magazine about my summer experience)

I attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The people I spend my time with are mostly alcoholics and drug addicts. I understand that the first step in recovery is admitting that one has a problem and I am in a treatment center as I write these words. I’m not in rehab though – I’m just doing my internship! Read more… »

Summer 2009

It’s been a while, but the past couple of weeks were quite intense. I finished my studies in Budapest, I’m done with the CEMS program (I even passed my Spanish exam, which I was very, very happy about) and the only thing I’m left with is my thesis. From what I know I should be done with that by the end of September – that surely doesn’t mean I’ll be done with school forever as I’m still planning to go to grad school in a year or two.

As for the summer… It’s very interesting. I found an internship at the Abbey Foundation in Iowa, which is a non-profit organization dealing with the subject of addictions. I’m a business development intern and there’s a possibility of staying full-time afterwards. The great thing about it is the fact that it’s a new organization, so there’s a lot of room for creativity and ideas. Right now we’re creating a list of marketing materials and a list of donors from which we will try to get some money – the money would then serve to establish a scholarship pool for potential clients of treatment centers.

Talking of treatment centers – I’m living in one! Although I’m an intern and I don’t receive any salary I have been given a complimentary room and board. I’m staying at the Abbey Center, which is a former four-star hotel turned into a recovery center. It’s fantastic – I get to interact with the patients on a daily basis and all my stereotypes about addictions and addicts are being brought down one by one every day. A truly amazing experience. I will keep on updating the website with more information about the internship and my stay here.

Unforgettable 3 weeks

The past three weeks were amazing. A couple of ups and downs during these three weeks, but anyway “amazing” is the word to describe them. Let’s start from the very beginning…

Three weeks ago I travelled to Canada from Budapest for the business case competition. The competition itself went quite well – there were 12 teams divided into three groups. The best team out of each group would make it to the finals. We made it through the group phase (teams in our group: New Zealand, Mexico, Singapore) and ended up in the finals with Thailand and Hungary. In the end the South-East Asian power prevailed and we finished as finalists. Congratulations Thailand! Read more… »

Harvard, CEMS, TFAS, Budapest

A couple of brief updates on what’s up with my life and actually a couple of very, very interesting happened recently.

First of all, a week ago I had my Harvard interview in London, UK. I believe it went well, although it’s always hard to say how your  interview went. It was pretty much what I was expecting it to be – questions about career goals, leadership and my past experiences. The interviewer was very friendly and we had a very nice talk. There was one question, which I was surprised to hear – I was asked what book I have recently read. When you think about it it’s a very valid question… Read more… »

Budapest

A little update on what was going on in my life… And a lot was. I’m currently in Budapest doing another exchange semester at the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB). It’s part of the CEMS program and, in this case, CUB is my host school.

Budapest is great – the city is very nice. Someone once compared it to being half-Prague and half-Vienna. I think I’ll agree with that. At the same time I have to say that Hungary is very, very Polish. It’s prety much like Poland only the language gets very different. Similar brands (“more” similar than in Western European countries), same metro carts, same red tape (yup, CUB is just like Warsaw School of Economics in this regard), same weather, same communication system (trams+buses+metro). As I already said the difference lies in the language, which is so much different from anything I ever read or heard. And obviously there’s a difference in the region’s history. But all in all the old phrase saying “Pole and a Hungarian – two brothers” is very accurate.
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My life in a nutshell

First of all, I’m sorry for a big gap in my writing here. Some of you even started referring to this page as my “holiday blog”. Well, it’s not just a holiday event, it’s supposed to be here a while longer, like… really long :) .

So, what was happening for the last one and a half months? Well, I attended the CEMS Blocked Seminar in Warsaw, dedicated to the topic of doing business in CEE (Central and Eastern Europe). Not really enlightening, only proved some of my beliefs about the region… But, that’s a topic for a long and very hot discussion (just a hint: it’s all about the mindset and communist legacy). Nevertheless I met some interesting people and hope to see them again in November during the CEMS Annual Events.

Later my academic year started. This year it’s quite easy, Read more… »


 

Current Highlights

Beginning February 2011 I have started a new job at Google in its EU HQ in Dublin, Ireland. I will be responsible for AdWords-related issues for the UK / Ireland market.

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