Archivo de la categoria ‘Manager Development’

A unique experience for Latin American executives

Discover the stories of Ignacio and Santiago (Argentina), María Luisa (Colombia) and Santiago (Peru) regarding the professional and personal changes that the programme made to their lives. They are all executives who decided to take their careers to the next level and came to Spain to undertake the ESADE Executive MBA.

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My first days on the EMBA programme

“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

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The 2016 EMBA programme starts in Madrid

The inaugural session of the new edition of the weekly format of the Executive MBA (EMBA) programme began on the 29th of January. On their first day at ESADE, the EMBA freshers who had entrusted the School with their training over the next 16 months, were very enthusiastic about starting this new stage in their personal and professional development.

The venue for the inauguration was the ESADE building in Madrid. The participants met Michele Quintano, the Programme Director, and some of the faculty who will teach them. The participants also got the chance to share their backgrounds and aims with their fellow students.

After this promising beginning, we wish tomorrow’s senior managers a highly enriching and successful EMBA programme. We wish you luck!

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Welcome Barcelona EMBA participants!

Starting ESADE’s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme is always a great experience, as the freshmen beginning the latest edition EMBA fortnightly format in Barcelona will testify. The programme started on the 21st of January.

The Avinguda d’Esplugues building on our Pedralbes campus was the venue for the programme inauguration. The event gave the participants the chance to meet one another and discover the first steps in the ESADE experience. Jonathan Wareham, Dean of Faculty & Research, spoke of the School’s global presence and Esteve Mogas, the Programme Director, commented on key features of the EMBA, ranging from academic organisation and courses to international stays in France, India, China, and Georgetown (The United States). He also recalled that taking a programme like the EMBA one involved considerable effort that “enables one to grow in both personal and professional terms”.

Mogas also stressed the importance of teamwork in ESADE programmes both from the standpoint of collaboration and of healthy competition. Here, he noted that “ESADE does not cut you out but rather challenges you to improve”.

The final part of the event involved presenting the programme participants. Most of the freshers were drawn from the fields of Operations, Marketing, Sales, and General Management. The company profiles were very varied, ranging from family businesses, multinationals, major banks, and public bodies. This diversity of fields and sectors greatly enriches the EMBA programme and participants’ experience of it.

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Manager Development and Leadership

The First Stage of the Manager Development and Leadership course ended. During the course, we mainly learnt about ourselves.

The programme is based on acquiring self-knowledge first and then building self-leadership to improve our development as managers and in managing others.

The course has covered: deep reflection on and knowledge of who we are and wish to be (part of one’s ‘being’); identification of resources and skills to become who we want to be (achieved through self-evaluations and external evaluations) (part of ‘HAVING’); tracing a path for change and an agenda for personal change that achieves our life aims (part of ‘DOING’). We are accompanied throughout the process by a personal coach.

Revealing, thrilling, emotion-packed, mould-breaking, this course is all these things and more. It leaves its mark on everyone who takes it and shows the importance of stopping for breath at various points in our lives to reappraise the situations we face in our daily lives. These halts may be needed for various reasons: to refocus our attention; to achieve our life aims; to manage and help other people, teams, etc. towards their goals; to lead change.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” (Nelson Mandela)

Jordi J. Lorente – EMBA’15 (Fortnightly format).

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THE THIRD STAGE: Business Development Project

The Third Stage of the EMBA programme contains a high-profile subject that also happens to be one of the most interesting. It is the Business Development Project (BDP) and its purpose is to develop a project from a start-up’s perspective, whether the business is a new independent one or is an In-Company project. In either case, the methodology is one specially tailored for such embryonic firms.

Once the project’s initial stages had been finished (setting up teams, brain-storming, defining the project and so forth), work was begun on building the foundations for sound development of the business, incorporating the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier stages of the EMBA programme. The process ends with defence of the project before the examiners.

Project progress is monitored and milestones and part submissions established. These are tweaked in the light of any deviations from plan.

The world is run by those who show up, not those who wait to be asked” (Steven Blank)

Jordi J. Lorente, EMBA Candidate 2015-2016

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The 12+1 keys for developing an outstanding corporate culture

How can we re-invent our profession so as to be happier in our jobs? This interesting question was the subject of the first Update Session in the #ESADEguests series held on the 10th of November. David Tomás, CEO of Cyberclick (a Spanish company that received the 2014 Best Place to Work award) and author of the book La empresa más feliz del mundo [The Happiest Company in The World] revealed the keys to developing an outstanding corporate culture.

Tomás believes that the best way to be happy at work involves developing an outstanding corporate culture. Design of the corporate culture is important but so is ensuring that new recruits fit in with the company’s values.

David Tomás illustrated his argument with 12+1 keys for developing an outstanding corporate culture:

1. What culture do we want? He recalled that “No culture is better than the rest but if we do not clearly define the culture, we will end up with one that we dislike”. 

2. Values. These should not merely be listed, rather they should help us take decisions.

3. Recruit top-quality staff. It is important to ensure the company is staffed by top professionals whose values are aligned with those of the firm.

4. Selection process. David Tomás noted that the key lies in detecting the patterns that lead to the professional success of those whom the company recruits.

5. Spend more time on the selection process. The whole team needs to be involved to ensure that the right person is chosen for the job.

6. Call referees. This is another way to check that the right person is chosen for the post.

7. Sell. It is important to convey the company’s values to someone joining the firm.

8. Review. The speaker explained that his company holds a meeting with the individual after three weeks in the job to check whether his or her values are fully aligned with the firm’s business culture.

9. If you believe you are in the wrong place. Companies in Grupo Cyberclick offers two months’ salary to those who feel the post is not for them so that they can look for a new job.

10. Three drivers of happiness in one’s job. These are: having freedom to take decisions; feeling that one is continually improving; finding purpose in what one does. Tomás noted that these principles are based on the book Drive by Daniel Pink.

11. Always learning. It is important not to get stuck in a rut and to feel that one is making progress in the company.

12. Open Book Management. The company must be open and give its staff full information on how the business is doing.

12+1. The importance of measuring happiness. David Tomas explained that his company uses daily questionnaires in which staff are asked about how satisfied they are. 

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We starting the Third Stage!

The international stay in Asia and the last courses in the Second Stage marked the end of the first half of the fortnightly format of the EMBA programme. We had enjoyed the intense, varied classes, which were emotion-packed and full of valuable lessons.

We leave behind the well-deserved (and now almost forgotten) holidays that have left us raring to go for the programme’s Third Stage.

The new stage we are now embarking covers subjects that are both thrilling and complementary. They range from the development of new businesses, self-knowledge, an international stay at HEC Paris and a whole lot more.

On this leg of the journey, we will press ahead with our quest for personal and professional development and will also have the chance to share thoughts with our own personal coach as we grapple with anything that might hinder us from achieving our goals. In addition, there is professional guidance to show us how best to attain our aims.

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Jordi J. Lorente – EMBA 2015-16 Candidate

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We welcome the new participants of the Madrid EMBA programme!

The ESADE campus in Madrid received the 2014-15 intake of the first participants in the 2014-2015 Executive MBA (EMBA) programme. On Thursday the 30th of January, a welcoming session was held at which participants got the chance to get acquainted with their future classmates and to receive general information on the programme.

The participants started their first class on Friday the 31st with the course on General Management, given by Prof. Joaquín Cava. The course is part of the first part of the EMBA studies and falls within the ¨Company Setting and Function¨ section of the programme. This section (Company Setting and Function) ends in April. The new edition in the weekly format thus opens with a select group of professionals with excellent prospects and high expectations, swelling the ESADE community.

All those beginning this new stage are to be congratulated on taking a programme that will improve their lives and give their careers a big boost. 

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EMBA Inauguration, January 2014

The Executive MBA was launched on the 9th of January 2014 (fortnightly format) with almost 40 executives from various functional areas and industries. The ESADE Dean, Alfons Sauquet, gave a brief welcoming speech. The programme started with the General Management course, which featured Jerome Boesch, CEO of Danone, as the guest speaker.

The following intakes will be in September (weekly format) and October 2014 (fortnightly format) and October 2014 (the new modular format in English).

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