The Time is Now

Mike Hallett

As we face an unprecedented rest of the year and 2021, there are many things on our mind:

  • How stable is my career pathway and current role?
  • How will I achieve my objectives working from home?
  • How will I network and continue to build great business and personal relationships?
  • What does my financial future look like?
  • If I am living overseas, should I be thinking of moving back home?
  • How will my family circumstance change during this time of COVID-19?

The last thing many of us are thinking about is adding more to our plate, given the fact that we are adjusting to a new work environment and social interaction platforms.

However, with the reduced amount of time spent on commuting, work travel, networking events and more, now could be the perfect time for you to consider expanding your horizons and opportunities with further education.

The world is shifting and it is INSEAD's mission to equip business leaders with the tools to solve new challenges in the world.

The INSEAD Executive MBA enables you to engage with a passionate network of individuals focused on the enhancement of business practices, processes, and controls. The programme helps you build the necessary skills to future-proof yourself and your business, and enables you to come through this crisis with a new perspective on how to stay relevant and adapt to the new business landscape.

We don’t know what the future will hold, but what we do know is that there will be an ever-increasing need for new ideas, solutions and products to adapt to this new normal.

So what better way to lay some secure foundations than by learning about business strategy, honing your leadership and management skills and establishing a strong global network of people to support you in this endeavor? Our faculty are passionate about ensuring our participants have the necessary tools to engage with current real-world issues and partner with them to help them solve these challenges.

Recently we surveyed three graduating classes from the years of the global financial crisis 2008-2009 to understand their viewpoints on their experience doing an Exeutive MBA during that time, and their recommendations for the incoming class.

Nearly a quarter of respondents felt they had more time to work on their MBA, and the remainder felt they would have had the same amount of time to work on the programme if there had been no crisis.

Nearly 90% of respondents felt this was the best time to do an EMBA and the 10% left over felt it was as good a time as any.

Many of the respondents where very positive about the programme, quoting it helped them to navigate the crisis, gave them a purpose to push through the crisis, and set them up for success when seeking new employment afterwards. They learned how to focus, be flexible and innovate, which added tremendous value in helping their businesses deal with the crisis.

Many also voiced that the collaboration with the cohort and the alumni network was paramount in making the crisis work for them and solving challenging concepts.

With crisis comes opportunity.

Of those we surveyed, 93% advised that they would recommend their friends or colleagues to embark on an Executive MBA now, advising that they should not wait but continue building towards the longer term. 

There is no better time to do an EMBA and to apply your learning to the businesses you operate in.

Whilst we are in the midst of a different type of crisis, the fact remains that to pursue greatness in our future and to establish successful businesses, we need to adapt and apply new strategies, focus and processes to ensure we move forward. 

Now, more than ever before, it is important that we execute this.

If you would like to discuss your profile and GEMBA application in more detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.