With China in Mind

As someone who is always on the go and ready to spread education around the world, Santiago Iniguez, Vice-Chairman of the FT|IE Corporate Alliance (the FT|IE CLA), says that in-company management education is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing sector in business education. Here he examines key global trends, such as ageing populations and the extension of the retirement age, and what the leading executive education drivers will be in the coming years. It goes without saying that he does all that with China in mind.
P.S. In December 2014 the Financial Times and IE Business School launched the FT|IE Corporate Learning Alliance (FT|IE CLA), a new joint venture providing premium custom learning for business leaders.

The Circus

If you’re interested in all kinds of stuff and don’t know exactly what it is you want to focus on, take a look at how IE Business School Marketing Prof. Felix Muñoz handled the same situation. First, he talks here about being a kind of “professional tourist.” What does that mean exactly? Basically, instead of looking for the best positions in a company, it involves switching between companies, doing the same things, but learning from different sectors and cultures. He also makes some very interesting points about having clear boundaries. He says, for instance, that every time he joined a company he laid out the conditions, one of which was, believe it or not, that they couldn’t promote him, because if they did he would have to stop doing what he had taken so much trouble to find…
In the course of his “professional tourist life” Prof. Muñoz worked in a broad range of companies, including Cepsa, Coca Cola, and Telefónica, as a director of communication, then a marketing consultant… But what he really cares about is happily trying to make sense of this circus of a world that we live in – in keeping with his name, “Felix,” which means “happy”. Don’t miss his visit to the circus!!!

New Horizons

Before we invented the radio, the telegraph and other navigation instruments, the distance to the visible horizon at sea was of extreme importance as it marked the maximum range of communication and vision. Today, we still use an aircraft control technique called attitude flying, whereby the pilot uses the visual relationship between the aircraft’s nose and the horizon to control the aircraft.

IE Business School Leadership and Management Prof. Erik Hiep is a horizon breaker, a traveler, and a Dutchman. He’s always asking you to broaden your mind, your limits, your horizons… Because new horizons will maximize your range of communication and vision, and will ultimately make you a better-rounded person!

P.S. Prof. Erik Hiep is the managing director of management consulting firm The Next Level, and has extensive consulting experience with international management teams and boards. He has worked on an extensive range of projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

A Secret Life

In this video IE University International Relations Prof. Mira Milosevic argues that people’s secret lives have exactly the same function as espionage in the field of international relations. Moreover, she says that everyone needs a secret life because it assures a certain level of protection.

In her view social networks make it extremely tempting to overshare our public and family lives, leaving us vulnerable.
Don t miss what she says about espionage and prostitution, citing what Vernon Walters, former Deputy Director of the CIA, once said to her!

Prof. Milosevic was born in Serbia, is extremely well read, conversant in several languages, and a very inspiring character, who of course likes to keep her secret life, secret!!!

P.S. She recommended a Croatian author you might want to check out – Dubravka Ugresic. I really like her work!

Red Cross

If you listen to IE Entrepreneurship Prof. Marcos Eguillor for a second, you’ll get the feeling that he’s only telling you a tiny bit of everything he has to tell. He teaches entrepreneurship, he’s an entrepreneur himself, and most importantly he has volunteered for the Red Cross since 1995.

In this video he takes the time to walk us through what he does when he’s on duty. You’ll also have the opportunity to see him in action. I don’t mind telling you I was really scared in the ambulance – these Red Cross guys drive like Formula 1 racers!!!

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