Tomorrow we leave for the United States. Last night, we gathered together to say our final goodbyes and assess the course from our own perspectives. As I said last night, this has been a life changing experience for me. I recounted Ashley’s comment to me the morning she and the kids drove me to the airport. As we wound down Glenwood Avenue passing by manicured lawn after manicured lawn, she said: “Do you realize that you are actually going to cities far more sophisticated than the one we live in right now?” How true. What has amazed me most in this experience is just how sophisticated and cosmopolitan the urban areas of China actually are. The pace of culture and business in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong is fast and furious. They are confident and charging forward. There is no stopping this transformation going on right in front of our eyes. This is what we have seen, smelled, touched and heard over the last two weeks.
Honestly, each and every MBA should want to experience what I have just experienced. It has had a profound effect on me. My view of this world has changed entirely. During my childhood I watched the fall of communism. Ella Reaves, Harry and Fletcher will watch the rise of China.