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I graduated summa cum laude from a combined B.Sc./M.Sc. program in theoretical nuclear physics from Moscow Engineering & Physics Institute (at the time one of the best ‘hard sciences’ schools).
However, one master’s degree was not enough for me, so I obtained the second one – an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Which allowed me to land a much-coveted job of a corporate analyst in the corporate financial department of Vienna-based Creditanstalt Investment Bank – at the time rated the best in Central and Eastern Europe.
I worked both on M&A deals and private placements (sell side mostly); but in all cases I essentially conducted a comprehensive business analysis and was actively involved in strategic corporate reengineering projects aimed at making a quantum leap in financial value and corporate performance of the business entity in question.
To maximize financial value and aggregate performance of the business in question, I needed the right (i.e. the most efficient) management tools and technologies. Unfortunately, all those available suffered from very serious deficiencies. Not only were they not capable of a truly comprehensive and uniform business analysis, but they did not even provide a genuine and natural fundamental business management objective!
I spent quite a few years developing these tools and technologies, finally coming up with what I called Organization Description Language – ODL, and ODL-based software (Quantum Leap Workbench). Its ‘lite’ version – CBA Toolbox – is one of the handouts of my course on corporate happiness.
In the process of this R&D, I came to a firm conclusion that the genuine and natural objective of managing a business is corporate happiness. In other words, building a happy business (if your company is still a startup) or transforming your business into a happy organization (and making it stay that way!) – if your company is already an established business entity.
I published 50+ articles and a book on strategic management - Blueprint for a Quantum Leap: A Comprehensive Business Analysis Guide. And I have just completed another book - How to Transform Your Company into a Happy Organization and Achieve a Genuine Personal Happiness.