Posts con el tag ‘leadership’

’37 almas en una’, female leadership born at ESADE

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The collective essay 37 almas en una ['37 souls in one'] was presented last month at ESADE. Published by the Planeta Group, the essay analyses the key aspects of female leadership. I had the privilege of participating in this project by contributing a testimonial. The essay was written by 37 women executives who met at ESADE during the Promociona Project. Promoted by the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Associations (CEOE) and the Women’s Institute for Equal Opportunities, the Promociona Project aims to foster the training, professional development, leadership and advancement of female executives.

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ESADE Ambassadors in Saudi Arabia

Arabia Saudi Eugenia1 ESADE Ambassadors in Saudi ArabiaLast month, I visited Saudi Arabia as part of a delegation accompanying King Juan Carlos and three Spanish ministers: Ana Pastor, Minister of Public Works; Pedro Morenés, Minister of Defence; and José Manuel Soria, Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The main objective of the trip was to promote Spanish infrastructure-development companies that work in Arab countries. Among my traveling companions were the leaders of Abengoa, Acciona, Airbus, Indra, Ferrovial, Isolux Corsán, Navantia, Talgo and other companies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Businesses can’t afford to ignore China

ESADE China2 Businesses cant afford to ignore ChinaSome industry experts forecast that China will one day become the new Silicon Valley. Will China take over the world someday? Who knows. But one thing we know for sure is that the Asian giant is advancing at a very swift pace in many areas.

Business can’t afford to ignore China. This is one of the main reasons why we launched the ESADE China Europe Club in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dear Professor Massons

Picture 121 Dear Professor MassonsHearing that the Associació Catalana de Comptabilitat i Direcció presented you with the award for academic excellence on Thursday was great news. This prestigious award comes in recognition of your valuable contribution to the world of finance and adds to the award received by Josep Angrill eleven years ago, also for his academic success at ESADE.

I will never forget the time I had the opportunity of being a student of yours. I think every one of the students you have taught would nominate you for this award. Many of your former students remember you as the professor who made it easy for us to make our way into the world of finance. And we did it in a fun and entertaining way, with highly innovative methods, in which you mixed the rigour of finance with your passion for mountaineering. Read the rest of this entry »

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Talent has no gender

I recently went on Silvia Coppulo’s radio programme to talk about women in leadership with psychologist Sara Berbel and headhunter Ignasi Rafel (first and second from the left in the photo). The topic of discussion was “What’s behind every businesswoman who has reached the top of the corporate ladder?” Food for thought.

women1 300x187 Talent has no genderWith this topic, like many others, you run the risk of oversimplification. Work experiences are different for everyone – no two are ever the same.

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New management challenge

academy 150x143 New management challengeA few days ago I received an unexpected surprise. Professor Jan Oosterveld, Chancellor of the International Academy of Management, wrote to inform me that I had been elected as a new Fellow of the Academy for my ongoing contribution to the science of management.

I’m glad to be on board and look forward to the challenge—election to Fellowship is the highest honour conferred by the Academy.

Our mission as Fellows of the Academy is to contribute with our knowledge to the challenging task of advancing the science and art of management. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leaders for Justice

law1 150x150 Leaders for JusticeLawyers have the potential capacity to reduce injustice. And that’s something that today’s world really needs. 2013 is a very meaningful year for ESADE, because our Law School is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. I’ll never forget the first graduating class of 96 students back in 1994. They were hopeful of changing the future. I’m sure many of them have achieved their dreams by now and are doing great things for society.

The creation of the Law School in 1993 marked a turning point for ESADE because it expanded our academic horizons. Twenty years after its foundation, the School has grown at a steady pace and our programmes have consistently made it into the top rankings. 80% of our Bachelor of Law students find work before finishing the programme and 90% of them find their first jobs thanks to our career services. Forging this path was not easy; it is the result of hard work, commitment and perseverance.

Over the years, we have also overcome several major challenges, such as adapting our portfolio to the demands of globalisation and complying with Bologna’s new requirements. We became one of Spain’s pioneering institutions to adapt our undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes to the new European standards. These were crucial times for the School. Another vital moment was when we expanded our academic network and exchange programmes throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia, to offer our students a truly international experience and prepare them as international-calibre lawyers. We also became the first and only Spanish Law School to be a member of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), one of the most innovative initiatives in the legal field linked to globalisation. The School is also the only institution in Spain to offer the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law (Themis Programme), a pioneering programme that provides an international perspective on business law.

The Law School’s first Dean, Antonio Marzal Fuentes, once said that one of the major challenges we faced as an institution lay in finding the right path to enable us to provide answers to society’s demands. His reflection has accompanied the Law School throughout these last twenty years, and I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come.

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I don’t want to be a ‘quota woman’

liderazgo femenino 300x161 I dont want to be  a quota womanI don’t know if you’ve had a chance to keep up to date with the latest debate on the policy introduced by European Commissioner, Viviane Reding, regarding the introduction of company board quotas to increase the number of female board members. Here you can see the contents of the debate moderated by journalist, Montse Jené, in which I took part along with Anna Mercader from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to receiving any feedback you might have.

I’d like to take advantage of this post to share some of my thoughts on the subject. And I’ll begin by reaffirming the urgent need for women to take a larger and more decisive role in leadership and responsibility within organisations. We need to take this challenge on board. True, we’re making headway in this respect, but it’s still too slow; and any progress that is made is thanks to the individual merit of those women (and men) who believe in diversity within their firms.

But while I reaffirm this need, I want to share my concerns about the uncertain effectiveness of imposing a quota for women by obligation, by decree, by order of the European Commission. It’s true that a male culture still prevails in some companies. But, I don’t consider legally forcing women onto boards of directors to be an effective approach to the matter, when the key lies in getting diversity at management levels of the company, where the real decisions are taken.

I was the only woman in my class when I was studying at ESADE. Fortunately, today’s reality has changed a lot: Nowadays, female students are in the majority on our undergraduate degree programmes. I regularly talk to them and I can see in their eyes a healthy ambition to triumph in the splendid professional future that lies ahead of them.

And when I think about their future, I confirm the pressing need for our society to help them believe in themselves. To recognise that they too can and should have the opportunity to believe in and progress in their own professional future. They should not doubt themselves when they have to grit their teeth and take firm steps in their career. They should not have to give up on rising through the ranks of their respective professions because it’s impossible to reconcile their profession with their personal and family life. It cannot be that many women, of an age in which they are reaching the peak of their professional careers, don’t have the same management development opportunities that would allow them, to a large extent, to gain access to real management positions. Quite simply, our society cannot afford to take this attitude.

Could the introduction of a quota policy for company boards help to reverse this situation? It might. But it’s not the only solution.

And how can we get women into management positions where the day-to-day business decisions are made? Some organisations have already done this. They are the ones with a new, more flexible and revamped ecosystem; the ones that effectively implement codes of good governance; the ones that have a more balanced schedule with specific programmes and career development for women.

In other words, if we include more women on boards of directors just to comply with the law – but don’t actually give them any real management responsibilities – all we’ll really be creating is ‘quota women’. And I, like many others, don’t want to be a ‘quota  woman’.

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Leadership values through the classics

puges web 300x200 Leadership values through the classicsModern leaders can learn great lessons from the Latin and Greek classics. But, how can their teachings influence our daily professional lives? Last week we held a very meaningful event at ESADE that provided answers to this question, and beyond. It was the presentation of The Odyssey of Management, a book written by our Honorary Professor, Lluís Pugès, who was for many years Dean and Director General of ESADE. Professor Pugès’ contribution to ESADE was invaluable, and marked a turning point in the history of the institution. His role in teaching students the importance of humanistic management was crucial, and so were his visionary thoughts on education, which led him to become one of the driving forces behind ESADE’s efforts to promote international education. He was also a visionary in that he was one of the founders of The Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS).

The title of his new book, The Odyssey of Management, was inspired by Ulysses’ long trip home after the Trojan War. Ulysses, like many people today, had to face lots of difficult situations before succeeding in his mission. Through memorable quotes and experiences from the classics, Professor Pugès’ new book outlines the qualities a good leader must have and should never forget, especially when times get tough. Knowing yourself, listening to others, being perseverant, being aware of your own limits, finding internal peace, learning from failure, appreciating what you have and being faithful to yourself are some of the traits outlined in the book that ancient scholars considered to be key virtues for a more fulfilling life. Professor Pugès promoted these virtues within ESADE for many decades, and we will continue to do our best to promote them for many years to come. Values and ethics should always be an integral part of leadership. The classics are, and will surely continue to be, an unconditional fount of wisdom.

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A Compulsory Appointment for Alumni

6940702333 3642f2f8ac b1 300x200 A Compulsory Appointment for AlumniOn the 23rd February we held the ESADE Alumni Annual Conference at Barcelona’s Fórum Auditorium. This year’s ESADE Awards were awarded to Mikael Ohlsson, CEO of IKEA, and Pablo Isla, CEO of Inditex, for the business successes achieved in heading their two organisations. During the conference, Javier Santiso, Director of ESADEgeo, gave a lecture on the opportunities of the new world map.

More than 3,000 people attended the event and we filled the Auditorium. Being an ESADE alumni, the ESADE Alumni Annual Conference is a must, an event that none of us can miss. To be one of thousands of people, who all share a close bond with ESADE, and who all gather under one roof, is an intense experience.

The professional achievements of the executives and entrepreneurs who meet at the Annual Conference are irrefutable proof of ESADE’s contribution to our country’s future. To belong to the ESADE community, either as students, faculty or alumni, is something to be proud of, but at the same time it obliges us to honour our values: personal integrity, professional rigour and social responsibility.

- Download the speech given at the ESADE Alumni Annual Conference (PDF)

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