October 2020: I couldn´t picture a better moment to start my Executive MBA.
Having gone through the 2008 financial crisis and now going through the COVID-19 crisis, I am convinced that one needs to adapt to fast-changing environments by acquiring new skills and challenging the status quo. Something that I strongly believe in, is that the Executive MBA (EMBA) programme at INSEAD will help me navigate not only this current crisis, but future ones as well. The programme will help me to develop the right mindset in order to anticipate and embrace changes in my industry and my work environment.
Very few industries have gone unaffected by the drastic changes that COVID-19 has laid upon the world in the past few months. Starting from shifting workplaces to shutting down vertical markets, most sectors have seen a loss in revenues, logistics, human resources, and infrastructure costs. Industry leaders have had to discontinue product lines, shut down retail stores, or send home hundreds of employees, all at an unprecedented rate.
I recently had the opportunity to discuss the value of an INSEAD Executive MBA (EMBA) with Rebecca Fountain of PWN Global – an organisation committed to advancing gender-balanced leadership in business, and a smart network for professional development. INSEAD has been partnering for a number of years with PWN, and it is an organisation we stand behind with full support. We discussed a whole range of themes, but if you’d like to jump to specific questions below is quick list:
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As a recent admit of the INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme, the question of pursing an EMBA this year is not so much "Why this year?" but "Why NOT this year?". Even though we are the middle of a global pandemic, the time is now to further my education and add value to my organisation. See how I approach this in my video, below:
I was a decade into my career as a marketer and in the last couple of years, started to have a growing desire to further my studies, especially to deepen my knowledge in leadership development. I have always been keen to develop myself as a better leader, since this was never a subject of focus in school and yet we are often expected to shine the moment we are placed in a managerial position.
As we face an unprecedented rest of the year and 2021, there are many things on our mind:
We are facing unprecedented times, and with this unique situation we must really think outside of the box to come up with original solutions. That is why I think studying an Executive MBA now is actually the best time to do so.
Recently I've had the opportunity to share my views on leadership in times of crisis on the Austrian business news platform Leadersnet.at. My learnings and insights from the GEMBA programme play an important role in shaping my response to the current challenges, and I am pleased to share the English version of my reflections below. The current crisis is presenting unprecedented challenges to every single executive