Many management and leadership development programmes take great satisfaction in the positive responses received from individual participants on the “smiley” sheets they hand out at the end of their course. And for the most part these programmes do make a good impression on that manager or leader who leaves the programme feeling full of great ideas about how they will change themselves and their organisations.
Jill Russell completed a master’s in management straight after her undergraduate degree. So two decades later, when the 43-year-old started thinking about boosting her qualifications to embark on her next career step, she felt that the most obvious choice — an MBA — would be like going over old ground.
... With that in mind, she decided on an international master's in practising management, an alternative to an MBA that is taught across five sites - at Lancaster University in the UK, but also at business schools in India, China, Brazil and Canada.
Few people have the confidence to apply for a job - especially a high-level position - without meeting the main criteria for the role. But John Varley (IMPM'00) did and was offered the job.
He then suffered two or three sleepless nights agonising over whether to accept it.
Despite the relative slowdown in its rate of growth recently, it seems more than possible that China can expect to become the world’s leading economic power at some point in the foreseeable future.
But if the country is to achieve its full potential, it will need to reach out beyond its traditional markets into new and increasingly competitive ones around the world. And, along the way, it will almost certainly need to build and sustain corporate structures that do not just embrace Chinese nationals, but individuals from a very wide variety of other nations and cultures.
These days, when Jesper Hornberg goes to work he's likely to be stepping into a mud hut in Kenya, checking on a solar lamp. He's the founder of an NGO called Givewatts, which is trying to reduce dependence on kerosene lamps. Rather than having to work in the poor light given off by kerosene, children whose families have his lamps can now see well enough to do their homework. In some cases, their school test scores have increased by 50%.