Beyond Kumbaya

Coach & Leadership Professor Michael Chang Wenderoth asks himself a question you might well ask yourself every day. What really got them there? What is it that propels people to the top? He says that the usual answer people give you to this question is that you have to be hard-working, positive, willing,… In short he calls this approach the “Kumbaya school of leadership” or the political puppy approach.

In contrast –he says- what we see around us is that people who self-promote, strategically network, or act in powerful and not so humble ways, move faster and more effectively up the ladder. The dirty secret is that your political skills top all else in getting you ahead and driving your effectiveness. This bears no resemblance to the Kumbaya school. That’s why he advocates going beyond Kumbaya and being more of a political beast.

Prior to becoming a professional trainer and a professor at IE Business School, Prof. Wenderoth served 20 years in senior roles with multinationals in China, the US and Europe. If you want to know anything about China, or the Eastern vs Western style of management, he’s your man. His mandarin is as fluent as his Spanish.

Final decision

Prof. Kriti Jain is very concerned about the decisions we take because decisions-makers tend to make judgements without having all the relevant info to hand. Moreover, most of the time, she says, what you see is not what you get …

Prof. Jain specializes in organizational behavior and human resources. Her research focuses on judgment and decision-making. She is particularly interested in developing an understanding of how individuals and groups carry out assessments of future uncertainty, and how personality traits, emotions, and decision frames influence judgments.

Let her tell you how your emotions get in the way of your sense of judgement!

Mindfulness

As I said in a previous video The flow of management I shot with IE Human Sciences & Technology Prof. Juan Humberto Young there are certain people you meet in life that make you feel you could tell them anything. I call them “Divan People” because it’s as if there were an irresistible force pulling you towards them and causing you to talk as freely as if you were on a psychologist’s Couch. This is the case of Juan Humberto Young Elser, Prof. of Positive Leadership & Strategy. When he looks at you, he looks deep into your heart. I know it isn’t possible for him to look at you right this minute, but if you listen to what he has to say you will probably see what I mean.

In this video he talks about his recently published book Mindfulness-based strategic awareness training (MBSAT): a complete program for leaders & individual. MBSAT is basically a protocol he has created to teach you 3 skills: Minding your BETA, Mindfulness Real options (MROS), and IRIMI. Once you´ll learn these skills –he says- you will amplify your awareness and become…

Enjoy!!!

Illegal drugs

Professor of Strategic Management Luis Diestre is an extremely competent researcher, challenger, and, most of all, horizon breaker.

He worked in the corporate world for many years until he decided to do an MBA to revamp his corporate career. It was then that he discovered the world of academia and decided to become a professor and researcher. He’s been recognized as the best professor at IE Business School on multiple occasions. Moreover, this year he has been awarded an ERC grant, quite simply the highest distinction a researcher can receive within the EU. Don’t miss him talking about illegal pharmaceutical drugs!!! He’ll broaden your horizon.

The 3H´s

IE Business School leadership professor Margarita Mayo shares insights on how to become an authentic leader.
Those about to step into the role of leader are often faced with a challenge. What kind of leader to be?
Of course it’s important to learn from others, but it’s also vital to develop your own unique style based on your strengths and weaknesses: your own authentic leadership style.
IE Business School leadership professor Margarita Mayo was recently included in the prestigious 2017 Thinkers50 Radar, which showcases truly independent-minded thinkers from around the world, all driven by curiosity and innovation.
In her forthcoming book, Professor Mayo explores the shifting nature of authenticity in leadership roles. In this video, she shares three key, research-based insights into how to become an authentic leader: heart, habit and habitat.
She suggests leaders begin their search for authenticity by looking inside themselves. Find your passion, so you can share it with your team and inspire them, winning their hearts over.
Then, build healthy leadership habits by seeking out honest and critical feedback to develop a routine that helps you to grow, adapt and progress.
As an authentic leader, it’s also essential to enrich your organization, your habitat, by building an space that keeps its focus on the accomplishments of your team and helps them shine.
Listen to what Professor Mayo has to say about how to become an authentic leader – in essence, she’s telling you to follow your heart.