“The brave souls who had signed up for the Madrid EMBA course began their adventure on the 28th of January. They were drawn from different backgrounds, and had different experience and expectations. However, they all had one thing in common: to make the most of the programme, whose purpose is to get the most out of its participants.
After the presentations and the first sessions with Prof. Sepúlveda in which we covered business strategy themes, we began to work as a group. This was the first stage in making the transition from group to team, once we had decided on common aims.
The following week involved preparation of some cases for class discussion in sessions to be held over the next weekend. Once again, Prof. Sepúlveda was our teacher. This was the first time we have come across the case study method. It was a new way of acquiring knowledge through an exchange of impressions and views. Speaking for myself, I think it is an ideal method for pooling the knowledge that we have acquired through our careers to date. The teacher acted like the conductor of an orchestra, guiding the group towards the case goal, which in general was to adopt a form of critical, constructive thinking on a given set of business problems rather than to come up with hard-and-fast answers.
The EMBA programme, participants and team are all very promising and the students have high expectations.
We have begun a quest for theoretical and practical knowledge but above all, it is a quest to know ourselves better, to face our fears and to venture as far from our ‘comfort zones’ as time and our limitations allow.
The ESADE EMBA programme helps us become responsible managers who are able to come up with answers. I like to think that these answers will not only be the right ones but will also be in accordance with values that allow the companies in which we work to grow. These values must also permit substantial improvements to the setting in which companies do business and benefit stakeholders, who include staff, suppliers, customers and shareholders. Tomorrow’s managers must take decisions that take these things into account. They need to convey the idea that while the company might have done better or worse without them, nobody else could have created a more competitive, transparent and collaborative way of working.
I hope to make these principles my own and to put them into daily practice with every decision — big or small — that I take.
If anyone needs a hand, you can call on any of us any Friday or Saturday, come rain or shine, in ESADE MADRID.
Best wishes and good luck!”
Written by Jesús Martínez Gil, participant of the 2016 Madrid EMBA programme