Giving back

Sabiene Heindl, apart from being an alum who graduated from the IE Brown Executive MBA program in 2014, is a corporate lawyer and businessperson by training and instinct.  “I empower innovative organizations to prosper in an increasingly competitive, technological, fast-paced disrupted environment through sophisticated strategies aligned with commercial objectives”, she says about herself.

In this video she takes us on a tour of Sydney telling us why it’s important to give back to society and why a lawyer should do an MBA. Don’t miss what she has to say about the Sydney Opera House!!!

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.

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.