Posts con el tag ‘leadership’

Women Leadership Event: supporting female talent!

ESADE’s Executive MBA has broken a new record of which it is very proud: 40% of the participants in the monthly edition of the programme that began last October are women. This figure is quite an achievement, given that women account for more than 35% of EMBA students at only 11 business schools in the world.

Women Leadership Event ESADE

To mark the occasion, ESADE organised the Women Leadership Event, featuring talks on women’s leadership in the business world by outstanding professionals, including Eugenia Bieto, Director General of ESADE.

Women Leadership Event ESADE

ESADE is one of the few business schools worldwide to be led by a woman. Bieto encouraged the women in attendance to believe in themselves, whatever decisions they might make, whether they choose to pursue their career or focus on their personal and family life. In this regard, the ESADE Director General explained that she decided to take time off from her own career when she was 30, but that she was later able to jump back in. According to Bieto, the key to continued professional growth is to never stop learning.

The event continued with an inspiring talk by Isla Ramos, an ESADE EMBA alumna who decided to make a radical career change after becoming Executive Direcr of Lenovo. She chose to pursue other personal projects related to education and transformation processes at organisations.

ESADE-ISLA-RAMOShe event ended with a networking cocktail hour with alumnae from all formats of the Executive MBA programme: weekly, biweekly and monthly. Beatriz Soler, associate director of the programme, reaffirmed ESADE’s commitment to equal opportunity for women and men and the institution’s desire to include male colleagues in its efforts to tackle this challenge.

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When organisational change requires a cultural change

Naïma M. Zodros and her classmates in ESADE’s Executive MBA just returned from an international week in Brazil, one of three trips abroad that will take place during the monthly programme format.

Zodros described a highly practical experience in Brazil, where the EMBA participants discovered the peculiarities of the country’s economy. She noted that multinational companies like Wal-Mart and Lenovo – wrongly assuming that the strategies they used in their home countries would also work in Brazil – have failed in their attempts to enter this new market.

When implementing business systems and procedures in another country, you must also make a cultural change. This is something of a revolution, in which, according to Zodros, women executives can play a leading role due to their management style. Thanks to – or because of – their efforts to reach heights until recently reserved exclusively for men, women have developed a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Zodros trusts that this sort of female leadership will inspire other women to pursue their goals and seize new opportunities in order to achieve their aims in any area.

Naïma M. Zodros (EMBA ‘16) shares her experience in this article

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Shanmei Yu, ESADE Executive MBA 2015, ‘Best Executive MBA’ according to Poets and Quants

Poets&Quants spotlights the best-and-brightest EMBAs graduates who are in a class of their own. This year’s group is as diverse as it is distinguished.

Shanmei You, ESADE Executive MBA, is one of the 30 most exceptional Executive MBA graduates from the Class of 2015, according to Poets&Quants. “Unlike full-time MBA students, executives who gain an Executive version of the degree must balance work and family with an often gruelling educational load. Gaining the degree and the confidence that comes with it is no easy task”.

Read the story: esade.me/1Js6ArV 

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“The Experience Learning Programme” – an intense experience at Món Sant Benet

It is hard to briefly summarise the nature of the experience of the stay at Món Sant Benet. The Outdoor Experience Learning Programme marks a watershed in our EMBA studies. From the standpoint of leadership and self-leadership, the programme is an initiation in personal and social management under changing conditions. The nature of the change may be personal, professional, or even corporate. Working together to deal with changes of various kinds helped us strengthen relations and improve teamwork.

 Emotions’, ‘change’, ‘revelation’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘improvement’, ‘feelings’, ‘help’, ‘a boost’, ‘tranquillity’, ‘enjoyment’, ‘creativity’, ‘discovery’, ‘overcoming hurdles’.

These are just some of the terms participants used to sum up in a few words what the programme meant to them.

It is hard to return to the daily grind after this experience in such an idyllic setting yet one has to make the most of every waking moment. The daily routine takes up most of our time and makes us lose touch with what is really important. That is why we are often loathe to stray off the beaten track or to face the need for change. Such shortcomings are part of human nature but we can overcome them with enthusiasm, initiative and determination.

“The future depends on what we do today” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Jordi J. Lorente Vázquez, EMBA Candidate 2015

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¨What, only two months?”

Yes indeed, the quickening pace of the programme over the last few weeks makes it seem like ages since we began it. Yet a look at the calendar reveals the shocking truth, it all began just two months ago! It is hard to believe.

We feel we are building something that will underpin our knowledge. At the same time, we are enjoying the truths that emerge as if by magic from each Master Class. These truths span everything from leadership and geo-politics to entrepreneurship, complex supply chains, and common-sense marketing. This was all inter-linked to form an intrinsic part of our business judgment.

At the same time, we were also engaged in ‘de-construction’, learning to ‘unlearn’ and reverse engineer pre-established concepts to create a 360-degree approach to reasoning that was linked to one’s emotions. Our quest revealed the nature of the unknown.

Investment in knowledge pays the best interest” (Abraham Lincoln)

Jordi J. Lorente, EMBA 2015

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