A Chocoholic’s Problem

A disease is considered rare if it affects a small percentage of the population. Ironically, there are many examples of such diseases. The Rare List, for instance, is comprised of approximately 7,000 different rare diseases and disorders affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. However, there’s one affliction that is missing from the list: chocoholism.

IE Business School Prof. Jeffrey Char is not only a serial entrepreneur with experience in social and technology ventures, but also a renowned chocoholic, who just can’t stop eating chocolate!!!

In this video “A chocoholic’s problem” he says that what he likes doing more than anything else is finding a way to solve companies’ problems worldwide, while trying local chocolate wherever his penchant for problem solving takes him.

P.S. Originally from Hawaii, Prof. Char is CEO of J-Seed Ventures and Chief Mentor at Venture Generation, a Tokyo-based venture community.

People, People, People

I first met IE Business School Emerging Markets Prof. Eduardo Morcillo back in 2006 when I did one of his courses on China. He’s so tall that when I first met him I thought he was a basketball player, but when I heard him talk with such passion and focus about the changes that were already taking place in China, I realized that his was another kind of expertise.

In this video he takes us on a walk around Beijing while he talks about the key factors for success when doing business in China. Check out what he has to say on the subject of people…

Prof. Morcillo is specialized in cross-border mergers & acquisitions. He’s an experienced negotiator and CEO of Interchina. He has also served as Chairman of the EU-China Trade & Investment Group, Vice Chairman of the Spanish Chamber in China, and as adjunct professor in two business schools.

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.

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 Chinese Version

IE Business School Dean, Sanitiago Iniguez, is always on the go, ready to spread education around the world. As a matter of fact some call Dean Iniguez: the globe-trotter Dean!!! Not so long ago he was in China to present the Chinese version of his book “The Learning Curve.”

Here he talks about how globalization has to deal simultaneously with global and local driving forces, using Shanghai’s skyline to illustrate how these forces are interwoven.

He also says that good managers are only made over time. Don’t miss his tips on how to become a good manager!!!