I am a professor at IESE Business School and lecture on strategy, sustainability and geo-politics.
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I studied Naval Architecture in School and worked for a couple of years designing offshore drilling rigs before going to IESE Business School to do my MBA in 1985.
After graduation, I worked for a number of years in the automotive industry as a management consultant. I did essentially the same thing in Madrid, Boston, and then in Barcelona, although my projects took me all over the world.
Eventually, I managed to reduce my travel schedule by becoming a headhunter and eventually managed my firms' Automotive Industry Practice at the global level.
In my late 30`s, I started teaching part-time at my old school and read a book called Making A Life and Making a Living by Mark Albion.
That led me to quit my job in 2000 and join the IESE faculty on a full-time basis.
One thing I learned is to constantly work at finding a balance between work and life. At one point I had become so focused on my career that I lost track of things that are more important such as my relationship with the people around me and my own health and well being.
Another is to spend my time on things I either enjoy or that I find important in the broadest sense. Sometimes it is difficult to make this work but it is worth the effort.