Photo Time

Private Equity and Corporate Analytics Professor Simon Hirst has been a keen photographer since he was a teenager. The reason he loves photography – he says – is because photography captures moments that can never be exactly replicated ever again. Of course there are other reasons, such as the intuition involved and the technique, but he insists that it is the art of capturing the moment that he finds so compelling about photography.

The most amazing thing is that when you talk to Prof. Hirst the first thing you notice is that he is supremely competent when talking about serious stuff like finance, but you also notice that as soon as the conversation turns to photography his whole face changes, his voice as well… That’s passion for you!!!

Tea

IE Business School’s Strategic Management Professor Michael Aldous shares his passion for tea in this video shot around London. “Drinking tea is a quintessentially British thing to do,” he says, and so the discussion starts. Don’t miss his explanation of the important role tea has played in world history, and his thoughts on what it means to have a nice cup of tea…

Prof. Aldous has both the heart and mind it takes to stand out in his field. He began his career in communications, but when the sirens of academia beckoned he had the guts to follow the call and right now he’s about to finish his Ph.D. in Business History at LSE.
He’s extremely well read, a good talker, and always ready to explain complicated issues in a simple and kindly way.

Celebration

IE Business School operations professor Luis Miravitlles is one of those people who gives off instant good vibes. Although he didn’t actually say it, I can picture him going around saying “So far, so good…!”, because he believes that just the fact that we’re alive means we have a lot be happy about.
In this video entitled “Celebration” he tells us a nice personal story centered around famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Apart from all that, Prof. Miravitlles is a consultant, a regular article contributor, and, more interestingly, a ghost writer…No, he didn´t tell me who for…Sorry!!!

The Source

If you listen to IE University Design Thinking Professor Andrew McCarthy for a second, you’ll get the impression that he’s pumping out knowledge from a bottomless well. He’s so well read, so energetic and full of life, you can’t help but have a great time.

In this video he compares New York and Madrid, the digital and the analogical world, all this through Vermeer and Goya. It’s just a shame I could only shoot one video…

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed shooting it!

P.S. Andrew Peter Wallace McCarthy is a designer, innovation consultant and design thinking facilitator. He studied philosophy, political science, and the history of science and mathematics before becoming a creative director. He speaks and moderates at conferences and his voice has been featured in ads and audiobooks.

Another Way

Management Prof. Leticia Ponce has been volunteering at a retirement home for the last seven years, helping people who require assistance with washing and dressing. She says it has made her more patient, compassionate and grateful in her day-to-day life, and that she feels she has received much more than she has given.

Moreover, volunteering has changed her approach to management. That’s why she talks about how there is another way of doing things, about compassionate management as opposed to traditional management.

“The more we serve others, the more you forget about yourself, the more compassionate, empathetic and humble you will become, and ultimately, happier,” she concludes. Listening to her makes you think she really could be onto something!!!

P.S. Leticia Ponce is the founder of LyL de Ultramar, the Master Franchise for Mexico of KA International, a leader in interior decoration franchises with over 400 stores on five continents. She has also worked as Quality Director for Ge Capital Largo Pl.