Posts con el tag ‘values’

The meaningfulness of self-knowledge

filella web 142x150 The meaningfulness of self knowledgeWho am I? How do I express myself? How do I communicate? Being able to answer these three questions with confidence is at the core of a meaningful life. This reflection comes from a book we recently presented at ESADE, which collects the thoughts of and pays tribute to Jaume Filella, former Director General of ESADE from 1986-1992.

Jaume Filella is what I call a visionary; as the book title suggests, a thinker who makes you think. Anyone interested in self-knowledge and understanding the complexity of human beings should read this book. It teaches valuable life lessons.

The central theme of the book is the exploration of the three levels of consciousness that we, as human beings, should master if we are to live life – rather than life living us. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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If I were unemployed

I was recently asked by a journalist what I would do if I were unemployed. That’s not an easy question to answer, especially in Spain, where the unemployment rate affects more than 20% of the active population. Here is what I told him.

If I were unemployed, I would ask for advice from my family and closest friends and would find out about the tools that could help me to track down the best opportunities.

I would ask for solidarity with the people that are unemployed and would be sensitive about the social consequences unemployment involves for families.

I would set myself a clear goal. Some people have found that the solution has been to pursue their unfulfilled dreams, while others have found that the way ahead was to become entrepreneurs and start up their own businesses. Clear goals are at the core of great achievements.

I would also try to use this period to pursue further academic training to enhance my career.

I would try to find people who are in a similar situation and develop our creativity to find a solution together.

If I were unemployed, the last thing I would do is try to play the hero and go through this period alone.

When someone spends months, or even years, out of work, it’s easy for them to feel down. If I were unemployed, I would try not to lose confidence in myself. I would try to find the right environment in which to regain trust in myself. And I’d try to remember that if I didn’t find a job, it doesn’t mean it’s my fault.

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Educating, Transforming and Improving through Sport

sports danone 300x199 Educating, Transforming and Improving through SportBusinesses that incorporate social commitment issues are always a role model to be followed. On 16th April, the ESADE Observatory for Behavioural Studies: Society and the Consumer, together with Danone and the Association of Athletes for a Better Childhood (ADDIM), presented the findings of their study ‘Educating, Transforming and Improving through Sport’. The research analyses the impact of Danone sports schools in neighbourhoods at risk of social exclusion over the eight years that the schools have been up and running.

These results are encouraging. The more than 5,000 children – between 6 and 12 years of age – who have taken part in activities at Danone sports schools have improved their general health, eating habits, school grades and interpersonal relationships through practising sport, remedial classes and being taught the importance of values. Childhood is undoubtedly the key age in which to inculcate behaviours that will mark people’s future development. The study shows that the Danone and ADDIM social projects have succeeded in transforming the lives of children from families at risk of social exclusion. Were it not for such initiatives, many of these children would have been more likely to have failed at school and would have left school at an earlier age.

Started up in 2004, Danone sports schools aim to raise student achievement levels and promote social values – from childhood – in Spanish state schools in socially deprived neighbourhoods with high educational failure rates. The research, led by Manuel Alfaro and Ismael Vallès from ESADE, demonstrates that the Danone and ADDIM initiative is a model social innovation project for the promotion of future personal development among children at risk of social exclusion.

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