Upon graduation I wish to lead the fiber-optics product management team in one of the world’s largest optical communication companies (such as Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T), supervising a group of 5-10. Striving to promote myself within the organization, I wish to become the Vice President of Marketing in the fiber optics segment, supervising several dozens of employees.
My mid-term goal is to become the founder and CEO of an innovative fiber optics firm. I desire to position the company as a profitable, international and leading company in its industry, and aspire to establish a sustainable organization, creating workplaces for thousands of employees and turning an underdeveloped area into a flourishing industrial zone. Passave, an optical communication company, which was lately acquired for $300M, is a model for such a successful company.
After fulfilling this goal, I intend to follow the growing trend of successful executives who moved to the public service sector. My plan is to become a senior manager in the Prime Minister’s Office.
I chose my first full time position in the Optronics Division at the military because I knew it will introduce me to the diverse optical communication community in my country, equipping me with basic hands-on experience in the field. The first two years I worked as a Physicist and a System Engineer and then I was promoted to the position of Electro-Optical Projects Manager in the division’s headquarters. There I set the goals, supervised and directed 9 Project Mangers in optical projects performed by 7 different companies in the defense industry.
At that point I realized that for developing the managing tools required for a senior manager I’ll need to gain more experience in bigger organizations. Therefore, I persuaded the head of the R&D directorate to be reassigned to a classified Intelligence unit. My first mission as an Optical Engineer was to lead a group of 4 in building a module which was the heart of a $100M system. One year later I was appointed to a Team Leader where I commanded a team of 8. Two years later I was promoted to Project Leader.
I understood I lacked the financial and international experience of technological project management to lead a global optical communication company. I therefore became a Project Leader in a classified unit of the PMO. I supervised a team of 20, and managed all financial aspects of a $2M project (presented to the Minister of Defense), where I also had the marvelous opportunity to negotiate with highly ranked officials of three foreign governments.
While considering studying for a PhD, I worked as a part time an Internal Consultant of 5 Project Leaders. I then became an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) in Precede, an entrepreneurship and investment firm, in hope to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur. Working in Precede, I matured in my understanding. I realized I still lack some Finance, Marketing and General Management foundations, which an MBA will enable me to develop.
In light of my long term goal to become a founder and CEO of a technologically oriented company, I’ll need to gain the strongest possible general management skills. The finance and marketing foundations will compensate for my inexperience in these fields. The structured formal general management education I’ll acquire in Wharton will broaden my view and give me the tools to leverage my experience and create a successful company. I believe an MBA is the most structural way to learn how to build organizational values, culture and design organizational structure and hierarchy.
Moreover, most of my leadership experience was developed in governmental organizations, where a leader is defined in terms of his values, inter-personal skills and professionalism. However, looking into the future, I will need to lead in the private sector where leadership is also characterized by the talent to lead corporate players in global, competitive markets and an understanding of the cultural, economical and financial forces that drive the marketplace. Hence, I believe studying by the researchers of the Center of Leadership and Change Development like Prof. S. Kaplan who composed Framing the Future will help me build and lead a high performance optical communication firm.
My experience is mainly based on large and established organizations. Hence, learning from Prof. Dushnitsky on the various dimensions of new venture creation and growth in Entrepreneurship, will show me his perspective on the trail I wish to follow as a founder. Desiring to build a sustainable company, I am looking forward to taking Strategy and Competitive Advantage, where I hope to learn how to create and maintain such an advantage. Learning how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and how to exploit them where “Creating Values” was contemplated, will lay a solid basis for achieving these goals by myself.
In a world which is growing ever flatter, I find international exposure and experience important for the global company I wish to found. The Multinational Management major courses, such as Global Strategic Management, and participation in the Global Immersion Program will prove valuable in helping me understand other cultures which will be important when penetrating new markets. This international exposure will improve my ability to establish contacts with other nations, hence supporting my longer term career goal of rejoining the PMO.
Wharton’s mindset and student body imply numerous benefits. The exciting opportunity to participate in school’s management would contribute to the fruitful interaction between students and faculty. I plan to take part in the leadership development activities and the various student clubs to create strong friendships. These connections, combined with the great global alumni community, can be especially relevant as an eco system for the company I plan to start and for recruiting its management backbone.
Life goals are something that people set themselves and work hard to achieve. These goals could be something you personally want to achieve in your career, such as working your way up in a company to end up in a well paid job that you are happy in. Life goals can also be personal, where people set themselves the goal of buying a house, getting married and having a family. A further type of goal is an academic one. This could be the wish to gain a college degree or a Masters. Life goals are personal to the individual who sets them; one person might see climbing the career ladder as more important than starting a family and getting married.
There is a debate as to whether people should actually set themselves life goals. Some people may find that the process has a positive effect on them as it provides something to work towards. However how would an individual feel if they didn’t reach their goal? Would it make them feel like a failure, even if they had a number of other achievements under their belt that they never put on their life goal list? This poses the question whether life goals impact a person positively or negatively. Is setting goals a way to motivate a person, or a way to make them feel worthless if the goals are not met?
One problem with life goals is that when unrealistic ones are set, it can lead to self-esteem issues, depression and a feeling of failure. In order to overcome this it is important that realistic and obtainable goals are set. While it is good to dream big, it is necessary to realistically consider exactly how possible the goal will be. For example, saving up for a once in a life time holiday or to go traveling is much more realistic than purchasing a million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills.
There is a difference between goals and pipe dreams, something that many of us forget. A life spent chasing pipe dreams and not focusing on what is actually possible could lead to a lifetime of feeling disappointed and unfulfilled. Life goals should be something that could be on the cards for you when you work hard and study hard.
It has to be said that life goals do give you clarity on your end vision and where you see yourself in the future. Bill Copeland once said, “If you don’t have a goal in life, you are spending your life running around and not achieving anything for yourself”. This basically means that you are busy doing but not working towards anything and building the future the way that you see it and want it. Setting goals helps you to channel your energy and time on the things that are important to you, making you live more consciously.
Setting life goals can be very beneficial to some people and help them to set the future how they want it. Unrealistic life goals however pose a problem. When goals are set that are unobtainable with the amount of time and skill you have then they can leave you feeling worthless. To avoid this people must learn the difference