Posts con el tag ‘values’

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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“Our experience of the ESADE EMBA programme”

“It is a hard task to briefly sum up what the last 18 months of the ESADE Executive MBA programme has involved. It has been a whirlwind of activity and emotions and of course we have learnt a whole host of things that are absolutely vital to doing business in today´s world”.

The programme is both ambitious and demanding. Taking the programme was a constant challenge at both the professional and personal levels. It is precisely this mix that makes the programme such an interesting one for both participants and faculty, who both give their all in every session. This combination is complemented by international weeks (The United Kingdom, China, India, USA), which give participants a much better view of the world.

It is thus not a programme for people who lack curiosity, who are conformist or have no wish to change their settings. Rather, the EMBA programme looks to the future and those who will shape it by taking a dynamic approach, adding value. EMBA graduates look at things in a global fashion, are keen to venture outside their comfort zones to explore new, unknown scenarios that hold the key to success.

ESADE plays a key role in all of the foregoing processes and makes them possible. Without ESADE´s Values and Vision, it would be impossible to grasp the depth of the Executive MBA programme. It is precisely this vision that ensures that the EMBA goes far beyond mere Management to reach the individual, allowing each participant to grasp the transcendence and complexity of the values that underlie success.

While the present economic and social situation is tough, taking the EMBA programme allows one to see opportunities where others only see problems. It reveals new paths that would hitherto have seemed impossible. The old limits can be passed given that the programme (which lasts a little over eighteen months) provides intensive training, testing and learning in designing a more propitious setting for one´s business ambitions.

All of the foregoing means that the Executive MBA programme is really a personal adventure that begins not with the very first session but rather from the moment that the student realises that it is possible to change things through his or her own efforts and a desire to grow as a person. All that is needed is that he or she recognises how to go about it. ESADE deals with everything else — the faculty team and the rest of the programme participants.

Ignacio López Fernandez

EMBA Delegate, EMBA 2012-2013

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