When you decide to go for an Executive Master’s degree in your forties, you go in with tempered expectations. After all, after a dozen or more training programmes, and 20 years of professional experience, you’ve learned a lot of what there is to know about your field. Your goal will probably be to build on that experience with some of the latest knowledge and research that a university like INSEAD can provide.
We asked four alumni to share their views on the professional impact they have been able to make since taking part in the EMC.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there”. These words were written by Rumi the, 13th-century Persian poet. Did you know that these words were written after Rumi fell in love with a man in the later years of his life? These lines remind me of my EMC experience.
‘The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.’ - Carl-Gustav Jung When admitted to the EMC programme in Wave 22 of June 2016, I had no idea that nothing was to become more real than the above quote from CG Jung.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius During my time on the EMC progamme, I wrote a case paper about resilience. While talking to some executives recently, they confessed how hard it has been to maintain their own and their team's spirit elevated during this quarantine, so I thought it may be an interesting subject to reflect about in this time of uncertainty.
Trying to explain what the Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme is like, is like trying to explain the taste of a mango. I will try, but if you are an executive, business owner or consultant, I hope you have the opportunity to taste it for yourself.
As a former EMC participant I was asked if I’d like to contribute a testimonial of my experience. And I did it the “classical” way by sharing my own story and by listing some of the benefits so that you can better evaluate if this programme would be right for you. But I would not be an EMC alumna if I did not share with you THE main takeaway from this programme for critical times like these.
I have been asked that question numerous times by people from all different professions and corners of the world. And my first reaction often is a typical consultant answer: “It depends”, and it particularly depends on what you want to get from the programme and why you want to attend it.
When I wrote Evolutionary Leadership: A Holistic Perspective, I was introduced to Prof Manfred De Kets Dries at INSEAD. He encouraged me to consider the EMC (formerly EMCCC) programme that INSEAD was running. But for me to commit to a diploma was too much at the time.
Applying for the INSEAD Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme is a process of reflection in itself. We try to make it as simple and smooth as possible, and our step-by-step guide really helps candidates tick off all the items from the checklist.