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A Transformative Journey through the Executive MBA Program at Institute of Product Leadership​

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Haripriya Sivaramakrishnan
Haripriya Sivaramakrishnan

Haripriya Sivaramakrishnan is a Product Leader and an alumna of Exec. MBA in Product Leadership at the Institute of Product Leadership & CMR University.

I’m Haripriya, an alumna of the Institute of Product Leadership (IPL), and I want to share my incredible journey of fulfilling my dream of pursuing a Master’s degree. My experience with the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at IPL has been transformative, teaching me valuable professional lessons and providing me with profound leadership insights.

Let me take you through the pillars of my executive education and how they have shaped my path:

1. Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone: One of the initial challenges I faced was finding the right balance between my personal, professional, and academic life. I was determined to upskill and seize the opportunity presented by the EMBA course. To achieve this, I sought help from my family and bosses and decided to take the leap. My advice to anyone in a similar situation is to assess the opportunities that come your way and take the necessary steps to turn your dreams into reality.

2. Embracing Diversity: What made the EMBA program truly special was the diversity within the cohort. People from different industries, age groups, and backgrounds came together, creating a rich tapestry of perspectives. Working with such a diverse group enhanced my critical thinking and expanded my outlook. It’s a reminder of the importance of embracing diversity in today’s dynamic work environments.

3. Mastering the Product Lifecycle: The course structure at IPL was hands-on from the beginning. We started with a problem statement and gradually developed a product throughout the course. This immersion helped me gain a deep understanding of the product lifecycle, a skill that’s essential for any aspiring leader.

4. Learning by Doing: IPL’s approach of ‘Learning by Doing’ was a game-changer. It wasn’t just about theoretical knowledge but about practical application. While certifications and continuous learning are crucial in one’s professional life, I can’t stress enough the importance of applying what you learn in real-life situations.

5. The Art of Storytelling and Presentation: Effective communication lies at the heart of leadership. IPL recognized this and honed my ability to craft compelling narratives and present ideas persuasively. This skill empowers me to influence stakeholders and achieve my goals – a lesson that applies to anyone looking to excel in their chosen field.

6. Building Networks and Volunteering: The Executive MBA in Product Management program at IPL offered various opportunities for networking and volunteering. From conducting sessions to participating in conferences, these experiences boosted my confidence and helped me build a robust network. As I always say, “Your network is essentially your net-worth.” It’s a crucial aspect of career advancement.

7. Mentorship and Coaching: IPL not only provided exceptional professors but also connected me with industry coaches and mentors. They shared real-life examples and knowledge, helping me navigate challenges. If you don’t have a mentor in your professional life, I highly recommend seeking one out.

8. Trust Building and Conflict Resolution: In diverse workplaces, differing opinions can lead to conflicts. Institute of Product Leadership(IPL) equipped me with the skills to manage such situations – accepting differences, negotiating solutions, and focusing on the bigger picture. These skills are invaluable for any leader.

My journey at IPL culminated with the honor of receiving the “Elite Alumni” award. This recognition has motivated and inspired me, and I’m deeply grateful to my peers in the cohort for their support.

Looking back, I’ve come to realize that education and leadership are interconnected. Each of these pillars has played a pivotal role in shaping my career, and I hope my journey inspires you too.

In conclusion, my Executive MBA journey at IPL has been a remarkable experience, and I believe that with determination and the right education, anyone can achieve their dreams and excel in their chosen path.

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