Five years ago I was in Abu Dhabi for one of my last INSEAD GEMBA modules by Professor Philip M. Parker. It was titled Al Strategy for Startups and C-Suites. This elective course was designed to introduce, demystify and investigate value creation strategies in ecosystems relating to AI, machine learning (ML) and and advanced analytics. I was curious and apprehensive as I knew nothing about AI beyond science fiction. And especially how this could be applied in my daily life or work.
I believe the common thread in GEMBA programme is that everyone is evaluating their career choices and looking to make a more significant impact for the rest of their professional lives.
With the various tools and activities designed to support professionals to reach their career goals, Head of Employer Engagement APAC/MENA - Henrik Jonson who is based at the INSEAD Middle East campus breaks down what INSEAD Executive MBA participants can expect from the Career Development Centre to maximise their professional opportunities during and after the programme.
Taking place each July, participants from the GEMBA Asia, Middle East and Europe section join together with other Executive Degree participants to complete their electives. The elective courses offer GEMBA participants the opportunity to to delve deeper into their topics of interest as they continue to expand and strengthen their global network.
INSEAD’s leading Global Executive MBA programme (GEMBA) offers an unparalleled experience for senior executives looking to hone their general management skills with a focus on developing a unique leadership style that helps enable careers to progress further. The programme is delivered in a modular format across three fully integrated campuses: Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (UAE) allowing participants to learn from each other and build a close-kint yet globally distributed network.
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain At the Executive MBA level, the end of the Core Modules is like the midpoint in a full marathon. Although we are closer to the finishing line, we are still living with some uncertainties ahead of us.
"It is worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change." – Queen Elizabeth II, Christmas 2019 The struggle is real
Any business negotiation involves late nights and drama. Opinions are tested, arguments start and stress escalates. However, there is also eventual relief. At the end of the day, it is smiles all around and celebratory drinks flow. It is no different from a module in the INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme.
My primary objective of attending the GEMBA programme is to prepare myself with the necessary executive education to ensure that I stay relevant in the currently challenging global business environment. This has become more palpable with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has disrupted multiple industries. The education sector has not been spared from the disruption caused by COVID-19.
‘Embracing uncertainty: When the strategy is uncertain, the best managers acknowledge what’s unknown, but also look ahead to what is known.’ The Harvard Business Review (Special Issue) Summer 2020 Most of my work revolves around resilience.