Kiko Rial

Academic Area:

Information System & Technology

How and when did you get to IE?

I arrived in October 1994 for the MBA. At the conclusion of the program, Enrique Dans and Julian de Cabo made me an offer and I could not refuse: join the faculty at the IE Business School. Later, in 2000, my friend  Miguel Sagüés offered me a position management at ie, a position I held until July 2004.

What sport do you practice?

My favorite sport  always has been the tennis, I played so  much time  of my childhood and adolescence. But the years passed and now I feel more comfortable with the paddle (you know, smaller track, the ball come again, there is a companion who occasionally gets you out of trouble …)

What is your favorite book?

The evil Carabel, Wenceslao Fernández Flórez.

Where were you born?

In the beautiful city of La Coruña

What is your favorite dish?

The caldo gallego and, if possible, good crabs.

A memorable moment:

When they told me that my second son was not the second but the second and third …

How do you keep up-to-date?

I read every book on worksheet that falls into my hands and, of course, many of the posts in question. Also I have my own blog to force myself to write almost every week.

What is your secret for your classes or presentations?

Make every effort to analyze what you really need to give our students the most honest, transparent and enjoyable as possible.

A ritual before teaching:

The truth is that I have any special. Like a chat with students before class begins to learn what your mood.

A story in the classroom:

In 1997 I had only 27 years old and began to teach systems strategy MDFC program. When I walked into class the first day several students confused me with an MBA student, and in all honesty, I hesitated a little. When I started to teach the class and the students realized that it was the professor they were “squatting” to ending the session.

What is your favorite quote or motto of life?

I like several, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Edison, “living well is better to live, ” Aristotle

What has been your worst experience in the classroom?

No doubt the day that a student passed out in the classroom to begin the final review of my subject. She sat in the front row, so I noticed immediately. I asked to help out but the students were engrossed in reading the test and I made no case. I had to pick up “a little ” over the voice and language used “little school” to get his attention. Thank God everything was in an anecdote.